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Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
Vanished Smile
The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307265803
The astonishing story of the still unsolved mystery of Mona Lisa's disappearance from the Louvre in 1911 is told with dramatic freshness and imagination.
Galka E. Scheyer And the Blue Four: Correspondence 1924-1945
Galka E. Scheyer And the Blue Four
Correspondence 1924-1945
Paperback      ISBN: 3716514381
This publication includes a selection of approxima tely one hundred letters and other extant document s covering the history of the Blue Four and the interaction between the artists and their America n Representative.
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
Priceless
How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
Paperback      ISBN: 0307461483
The creator of the FBI's Art Crime Team recounts his dramatic career, describing high-stakes undercover missions involving valuable stolen antiquities, in an account that covers his role in a famous unsolved crime.
Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell
Dime-Store Alchemy
The Art of Joseph Cornell
Paperback      ISBN: 1590174860
Now in Paperback In Dime-Store Alchemy, poet Charles Simic reflects on the life and work of Joseph Cornell, the maverick surrealist who is one of America’s great artists. Simic’s spare prose is as enchanting and luminous as the mysterious boxes of found objects for which Cornell is justly renowned.
Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship
Matisse and Picasso
The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship
Hardcover      ISBN: 0813365813
Chronicles the competition and mutual respect shared by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, with details of their divergent but equally passionate and influential lives.
Vincent Van Gogh: Chemicals, Crises, and Creativity
Vincent Van Gogh
Chemicals, Crises, and Creativity
Hardcover      ISBN: 0817636161
At the time of his suicide, in 1890, the genius of Vincent van Gogh was acknowledged by only a small cadre of friends and followers. His jagged life was marked by early years of uncertainty, interludes of luckless love affairs, wrenching episodes of self-mutilation, crises of debilitating illness, and periods of painful striving for lofty goals. Today, his art is universally recognized. He is on everybody's list of outstanding artists and in every catalog of creative people. This scholarly yet very readable work addresses all of the features of van Gogh's life and underlying illness, the family history, the environment, and the artist's uniqueness. Dr. Arnold provides an accurate, balanced, and sometimes hard-hitting evaluation of all the hypotheses and suggestions from the past. He keeps people, places, and paintings in perspective. He explains the chemistry, medicine, and biology and offers new proposals that are always elegant, often provocative, and sometimes audaciously simple. A theme that distinguishes the present analyses is that van Gogh not only suffered from an identifiable disease but that his life-style directly influenced the expression and severity of symptoms, exacerbated his condition, and provoked medical crises. The consequences of such well-documented and seemingly disparate factors as overindulgence in alcohol (especially as the romantic but toxic absinthe), smoking too much, malnutrition, fasting (because the artist elected to buy paints and canvas, instead of his daily bread), environmental exposure, and infections, all come together here and support a unifying hypothesis. This book, beautifully complemented with many full color reproductions of paintings, is presented by a scientist who enjoys the art, evaluates the data, produces new models, and advances the field with thought-provoking ideas. The portrait of Vincent van Gogh is not as a mad artist, but rather as an exceptional man who suffered from an inherited metabolic disorder. He was wonderfully creative because of intelligence, talent, and hard work. He was a genius in spite of his illness - not because of it.
Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake
Whistler
A Life for Art's Sake
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300203462
A major new biography of James McNeill Whistler, one of most complex, intriguing, and important of America’s artists
Picasso: My Grandfather
Picasso
My Grandfather
Paperback      ISBN: 1573229539
The memoirs of a granddaughter of the master painter describes the deterioration of her father's life, the suicide of her brother, and painful memories about Picasso that drove her to separate herself from his legacy. Reprint.
Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art
Painting Below Zero
Notes on a Life in Art
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0307263428
The forefront living artist describes his childhood in North Dakota and Minnesota in the late 1930s and 1940s, his education at the Art Students League, and the influence of his relationships with numerous contemporaries.
Michelangelo: A Tormented Life
Michelangelo
A Tormented Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0745640060
This major new biography recounts the extraordinary life of one of the most creative figures in Western culture, weaving together the multiple threads of Michelangelo's life and times with a brilliant analysis of his greatest works. The author retraces Michelangelo's journey from Rome to Florence, explores his changing religious views and examines the complicated politics of patronage in Renaissance Italy. The psychological portrait of Michelangelo is constantly foregrounded, depicting with great conviction a tormented man, solitary and avaricious, burdened with repressed homosexuality and a surplus of creative enthusiasm. Michelangelo's acts of self-representation and his pivotal role in constructing his own myth are compellingly unveiled. Antonio Forcellino is one of the world's leading authorities on Michelangelo and an expert art historian and restorer. He has been involved in the restoration of numerous masterpieces, including Michelangelo's Moses. He combines his firsthand knowledge of Michelangelo's work with a lively literary style to draw the reader into the very heart of Michelangelo's genius.