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  • Hans Khevenhüller at the Court of Philip II of Spain

    The quest for the exotic became an obsession for Renaissance princes and collectors, as markets in Lisbon and Seville were flooded by the mid 16th century with luxury goods, commodities, Ming porcelain, exotica, textiles, clothes, dress accessories and strange animals imported from Portuguese Asia, the Far East, Africa and the Americas. Shopping on a grand scale became a priority, especially for the Central European courts of the Habsburg, whose collections, known as Kunstkammers, represented their symbolic hegemony over a world empire, its peoples, flora and fauna.
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  • Of Modernism

    A fascinating cross-section of current research in modernist art history, at the cutting edge of contemporary scholarship, with essays by pupils of the renowned scholar Professor Christopher Green.

    Of Modernism brings together twelve original essays by leading scholars in modernist art history, offering new perspectives on key questions in European modernism. From major themes such as theatre imagery in the art of the First World War, modern art and theosophy, modernism and the bullfight, or the modernist grid and the figure of the tangle, to specific case... Learn More
  • Hebridean Desk Diary 2021

    This hardback desk diary is illustrated throughout with Mairi Hedderwick’s beautiful sketches of the Hebrides through the
    seasons. Featuring distinctive full-colour paintings by one of Scotland’s best-loved authors and artists, this exquisite diary is a wonderful celebration of the extraordinary natural beauty of the Hebrides.
    The paintings have been collected over the past forty years and show the changing faces of the landscapes. Mairi’s
    sketches range across many of the isles from Arran to Tiree, expertly capturing the essence of these beauti... Learn More
  • Hebridean Pocket Diary 2021

    This hardback pocket diary is illustrated throughout with Mairi Hedderwick’s beautiful sketches of the Hebrides through the seasons. Featuring distinctive full-colour paintings by one of Scotland’s best-loved authors and artists, this exquisite diary is a wonderful celebration of the extraordinary natural beauty of the Hebrides. The paintings have been collected over the past forty years and show the changing faces of the landscapes. Mairi’s drawings range across many of the isles from Arran to Tiree, expertly capturing the essence of these beautiful and... Learn More
  • Picasso's Revenge

    In the early 1920’s, immaculate gentleman, Jacques Doucet descends into the world of anarchist art, the occult and the dark turmoil of his past – involving the death of his beloved Madame R.
    A disastrous journey leads the couturier and patron of the arts to confront the celebrated bohemians of the city, including Max Jacob, André Breton and Pablo Picasso. When troubled Doucet acquires the world’s most dangerous painting, it causes him to hack at the root of Picasso’s darkest secrets. Doucet showcases a fabulous art collection with such... Learn More
  • Ashley Jackson's Watercolour Sketches

    'I am not one for pretty pictures.' Perhaps when I am long gone this will be a quote that I am remembered for alongside my paintings. For you will mostly find me in the gallery on a sunny day and out on the moors when it is at its most inhospitable, for these are the days that captivate me. All your senses are alive, so that what you visibly see is not the whole painting , the rest comes from you.

    Ashley Jackson's Watercolour Sketches is a collection of these raw drawings combined with my... Learn More
  • Diamonds

    Accompanying an exhibition at Les Enluminures, New York, this lavish catalogue presents an extraordinary collection of diamonds from the king of gems, Benjamin Zucker, one of New York’s leading dealers in diamonds and precious stones.

    Benjamin Zucker’s remarkable story unfolds over three generations of diamond dealers. Arriving in New York in 1941, he had the benefit of the training of his grandfather, a leading expert in uncut diamonds in Antwerp, and his uncle, one of the foremost dealers of diamonds in the Far East. Some of the world’s most... Learn More
  • 15th Century Colour Palettes

    15th century Italian painting mastered the art of painting light in the world. As Leon Battista Alberti wrote in On Painting (1435), "light has the power to vary color", hence a rich palette of pigments and how to mix colors was necessary to capture every nuance. Countless recipes are provided by the anonymous author of "Secrets for Colours" (c. 1450), called the Bolognese Manuscript, intended for use in fresco and in oil on panel, accompanied by instructions on how to make varnishes for paintings. Learn More
  • 12th Century Colour Palettes

    Treatises on painting between the 1st and the 12th centuries A.D. may have been many but those preserved are found in two manuscripts from the 10th and 12th centuries: the Mappae Clavicula and Eraclius, On the Arts and Colours of the Romans – both of which probably date from c. 8th century. Of the 12th century itself there is On Divers Arts by Theophilus. All the passages on pigments from these three manuscripts are included in this handbook, and they include the earliest known recipes for vermilion (c. 3rd century A.D.), many flower pigments, and the first known... Learn More
  • 14th Century Colour Palettes

    From Italy to France to Flanders, the arts of painting in the 14th century were practised in manuscript illumination, on panel, and in fresco. Recipes for pigments appropriate to all these arts are included in this collection. "Experiments upon Colours" were dictated by painters to a Frenchman, Jehan Alcherius, while the Italian artist, Cennino Cennini, was especially attentive to the practice and the pigments to be used in fresco painting in The Book of Art / Il Libro dell' Arte, of c. 1390. His descriptions reveal the craft of Giotto, whose works make up... Learn More

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