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The Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance
ean: 9781494517168, isbn: 1494517167,
A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, The Medici is a remarkably modern story of power, money, and ambition. Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical lear...
The Painted Word
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ean: 9781982550264, isbn: 1982550260,
No one skewers the popular movements of American culture like Tom Wolfe. In 1975, he turned his satirical pen to the pretensions of the contemporary art world, a world of social climbing, elitist posturing, and ingeniously absurd self-justifying theo...
The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure
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ean: 9781538499276, isbn: 1538499274,
For decades Westerners have come to Bali seeking to shed the chains of civilization. One man went all the way. The New York Times bestselling author of Savage Harvest unravels the mysterious dissappearence of Bruno Manser, who lived among the so-call...
Sound Souvenirs: Audio Technologies, Memory and Cultural Practices
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mpn: 16 black and white illustrations, ean: 9789089641328, isbn: 9089641327,
In recent decades, the importance of sound for remembering the past and for creating a sense of belonging has been increasingly acknowledged. We keep "sound souvenirs" such as cassette tapes and long play albums in our attics because we want to be ab...
J. M. W. Turner: Ackroyd's Brief Lives
In this second volume in the Ackroyd's Brief Lives series, best-selling author Peter Ackroyd brings us a man of humble beginnings, crude manners, and prodigious talents, the 19th-century painter J. M. W. Turner.
Joseph Mallord William Turner was bo...
The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
Master Italian sculptor, goldsmith, and writer Benvenuto Cellini is best remembered for his magnificent autobiography. In this work, which was actually begun in 1558 but not published until 1730, Cellini beautifully chronicles his flamboyant times. H...
After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land
After Andy is Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni's insider's account of working in Andy Warhol's studio and Interview magazine and explores Warhol's impact on the art world, pop culture, society, and fashion - and how his iconic status gave rise to some of our...
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
In this landmark study of Italy from the 14th through the early 16th centuries, Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt chronicles the rise of Florence and Venice as powerful city-states, the breakup of the medieval worldview that came with the rediscovery ...
Seven Days in the Art World
ean: 9781494507688, isbn: 1494507684,
The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion.In a serie...
Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
On August 21, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s most celebrated painting vanished from the Louvre. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art. The sensational disappearing ac...
The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China
The riveting story of China's rise from economic ruin to global giant in the four decades is illuminated by another, equally fascinating, narrative beneath its surface - the story of the country's emerging artistic avant-garde and the Chinese people'...
The Boys of Everest
This gripping story of courage, achievement, and heartbreaking loss tells of Bonington's Boys, a band of climbers who reinvented mountaineering during the three decades after Everest's first ascent. Chris Bonington's inner circle included a dozen of ...
Bruce Nauman: Audio-Video Underground Chamber
mpn: 36 b&w illustrations, ean: 9783938821091, isbn: 3938821094,
Before spider holes made their media debut, there was Bruce Nauman's spectacular 1972-74 installation Audio-Video Underground Chamber. Its single concrete vault, with dimensions close to those of the human body, is buried--like a coffin--one and a ha...
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
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ean: 9781427271303, isbn: 9781427271303,
The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a ...
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