Born a generation apart, they were seeming opposites: Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the cultures of Crete and Knossos; William Morris, a British craftsman, in thrall to the myths of the North. Yet through their inventions and textiles, they inspired a new variety of art. This book traces their genius right to the source.
Notorious bad boy of Italian Baroque painting, Caravaggio (1571-1610) is finally getting the recognition he deserves. In this book you'll find over 50 of Caravaggio's best paintings; we think you'll agree that he was a genius beyond his time.
Focuses on early Medieval art. This title features over two hundred rare early medieval gold and precious stonework objects, including brooches, buckles, shields, clasps, spoons and other "grave goods," that were interred as status symbols with their owners in burials mounds across Europe.
The "Arnolfini" portrait, painted by Jan van Eyck in 1434, is one of the world's most famous paintings. This title tells the story of the painting's survival through fires, battles, hazardous sea journeys, and its role as a mirror reflecting the culture and history of the time - from jewel of the Hapsburg empire to Napoleonic war trophy.
From kinky to kitsch to conceptual, Jeff Koons' art is anything but conformist. This book presents his personal story and analyzes Koons from a European perspective. It features art historian and critic Katy Siegel's analyses alongside hundreds of large-format images tracing Koons' career from 1979.
In 1845, a Reading bookseller named John Snare came across the dirt-blackened portrait of a prince at a country house auction. Suspecting that it might be a long-lost Velazquez, he bought the picture and set out to discover its strange history. A fusion of detection and biography, this book pays homage to the Spanish master Velazquez.
The author has been conducting ongoing conversations with the world's greatest living artists since he began in Switzerland, aged 19, with Fischli and Weiss. In this book, he chooses nineteen of the greatest figures and presents their conversations, offering the reader intimacy with the artists and insight into their creative processes.