History of Fine Arts
The Secret Lives of Color
Hardcover ISBN: 0143131141
"The unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-colored volume The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso's blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories runlike a bright thread throughout history. In this book, Kassia St. Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colors and where they come from (whether Van Gogh's chrome yellow sunflowers or punk's fluorescent pink) into a unique study of human civilization. Across fashion and politics, art and war, the secret lives of color tell the vivid story of our culture. "A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every color has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking."--Simon Garfield,author ofJust My Type"--
A Visual Encyclopedia
Paperback ISBN: 1465461787
The most visual and comprehensive encyclopedia for children that charts the evolution of the world's greatest cultural achievements in painting, sculpture, photography, music, and dance, supporting the arts in STEAM education. Kids can trace the development of painting, from prehistoric cave drawings to the Mona Lisa to contemporary art; discover the evolution of sculpture, from the Great Sphinx at Giza to modern day abstract forms; find out about photography, from the early "camera obscura" to digital imagery; read the story of music, from classical and jazz to rock and roll; and put on their dancing shoes for some ballroom, ballet, modern dance, and more. Stunning images bring each subject to life, and clear text and annotations provide comprehensive, age-appropriate coverage. Full of amazing facts, clear explanations, and awe-inspiring photography, The Arts: A Visual Encyclopedia is the essential introduction to the cultural world for children. Series Overview: DK's Visual Encyclopedias are the first substantial series of encyclopedias aimed at young children, designed to excite and entertain, while offering a comprehensive overview of core subjects. From science and the human body to animals, the ocean, space, and more, each book combines fun facts, amazing pictures, and crystal-clear explanations to take kids into the wonders of our world.
The Mammoth Book of Skulls
Paperback ISBN: 0762454636
Skulls have always captured the human imagination. Now, The Mammoth Book of Skulls collects the most engaging and exciting images of the skull from pop culture around the world. This collection brings together a visual feast of the popular doom-laden image from graphic novels, manga, graphic design, movies, art, costume, make-up, vintage advertising, and popular culture, along with the just plain weird. With stunning photography throughout, this book provides a wide range of unique and engaging interpretations of the iconic image.
The Epic History of Art in America
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0679426272
The companion volume to a eight-part, PBS series traces the history of art in America, from the early works of Native Americans, through its richly varied evolution, to the present day, including critical commentaries, anecdotes, profiles, and hundreds of illustrations. TV tie-in. 100,000 first printing.
Theater of Fear & Horror
The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris, 1897-1962
Paperback ISBN: 1627310312
"Bloodcurdling shrieks, fiendish schemes, deeds of darkness, mayhem and mutilationwe all have a rough idea of what Grand Guignol stands for. But until now it has been hard to find out much more about it than that. According to the American theater historian Mel Gordon, no major history of the theater so much as mentions it, although it is a form of entertainment that held its own on the Paris stage for more than half a century. But Mr. Gordon has made a thorough job of filling the gap."John Gross,The New York Times Here is the expanded edition of classic outré book, The Grand Guignol, first published in 1988 and now long out of print. Like the original anthology, it includes an illustrated introduction to the theater of Paris and abroad, a breakdown of its stage tricks, a summary of one hundred plots, extensive photo documentation, André de Lord's essay, "Fear in Literature," and two originally produced Grand Guignol scripts. The expanded edition also contains additional graphic and textual material including a color insert of Grand Guignol posters, the 1938 autobiographical account of Maxa, the company's leading female performer entitled "I Am the Maddest Woman in the World," and the controversial playscript, Orgy in the Lighthouse.
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Paperback ISBN: 0142003697
Recounts Michelangelo's creation of his masterpiece, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, from his commission from Pope Julius II, through the artist's four years of work, to the final acclaim at the painting's 1512 unveiling.
The Annotated Mona Lisa
A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern
Paperback ISBN: 0836280059
A layman's guide to art history free from bogged down, convoluted theories provides the reader with a basic working knowledge of art and its influence on society, from ancient times to today. Simultaneous.
A New History
Hardcover ISBN: 0060530758
A personal view of the history of art follows every period from prehistoric times to today, examining both major movements and lesser-known contributors while suggesting controversial interpretations of creative expression and how they shaped the art world. 60,000 first printing.
Experiences of Art
Reflections on Masterpieces
Paperback ISBN: 1939621607
Experiences of Art: Reflections on Masterpieces is a critique of art history that takes historical inquiry beyond the level of recited facts to new insights drawn from a thematic approach to selected periods in the history of art. The book examines the origins of human creativity in prehistoric art and recounts the stories of discovery by prehistorians, who had a passion for the origins of art. The chapter seeks to recapture the same mystery and fascination with humankind