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The Oxford History of Classical Art

The Oxford History of Classical Art

By John Boardman

Classical art’s history is an extremely amazing one, starting as a regional style in Greece in the 8th century BC till it became a commonplace style of the late Roman Empire. Today the classical style is so commonplace it is often overlooked. The Oxford History of Classical Art rectifies this and points out the unique position, growth, and history of Classicism from 700BC to the fall of the Roman Empire. It includes 28 color plates, 396 black and white images, and three helpful maps.

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Bridgman’s Complete guide to Drawing from Life

Bridgman’s Complete guide to Drawing from Life

By George B. Bridgman

Legendary teacher at New York’s Art Student’s League, George B. Bridgman, is published in this book which provides instruction on how to draw the human anatomy, especially the more complicated body parts – the hands and feet. All parts of the human body, though, are covered in terms of proportion, balance, shadow, light and shade, and drapery. This book is not for beginning artists as it uses complicated terms and also requires knowledge of anatomy; however, it is definitely a good book for those trying to boost their knowledge of and skill at drawing the human body.

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Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story of Archaeology

Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story of Archaeology

By C.W. Ceram

Archaeology is an interesting field – a combination of scholarship, history, and adventure. In this book C. W. Ceram sensationalizes the art of archaeology while retelling the stories of famous archaeologists and their re-discoveries, for example Heinrich Schliemann and his discovery of Troy at Hissarlik, Turkey, the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, and other great finds of archaeology. Ceram’s book is an exhilarating adventure through this history of this unique field of scholarship.

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Emulation: Making Artists for Revolutionary France

Emulation: Making Artists for Revolutionary France

By Thomas Crow

France during the Revolution endured a tumultuous time in which the nation’s inhabitants saw an upheaval in social order. Thomas Crow chooses to look at this period through the lives of five artists belonging to a singular studio: teacher Jacques-Louis David, and his pupils Drovais, Girodet, Gerard, and Gros. Relationships are changed and artistic subjects and meanings are warped in this chaotic time period where the qualities of masculinity and equality started to be held in higher esteem. The book ends with the ruin of the studio and the entire change of meaning in classical art.

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Neo-Classicism

Neo-Classicism

By Hugh Honour

Hugh Honour describes Neo-Classicism in the artistic movement in this volume. Honour surveys painters from the 18th to 20th centuries. His writing is clear and graceful – a definite aide when it comes to books about art history.

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Costumes of the Greeks and Romans

Costumes of the Greeks and Romans

By Thomas Hope

Thomas Hope (1769-1831) was a Dutch and British merchant and banker whose collection of ancient art led him to become an expert in Greek and Roman design and style. In this book, Hope carefully copied over 700 illustrations, incorporated into over 300 engravings, depicting the dress of Greeks and Romans from all walks of life. From priests and priestesses, to peasants and emperors, the range of this book is amazing – it even includes the dress of different regions and eras. The intense thoroughness makes the book in invaluable resource to costume designers and art directors interested in the classical era.

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Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling

Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling

By Ross King

The Sistine Chapel’s ceiling is one of the most recognizable artistic works of history. This riveting book tells the dramatic tale behind the fresco’s creation in a popular novel-like form. Topics from intrigue of the Papal Court of Pope Julius II to the competition Michelangelo had to endure from the younger artist Raphael are covered. This book is a fascinating read and includes 16 color and 13 black and white images. Ross King is author of similar books: Brunelleschi’s Dome and The Judgment of Paris among others.

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American Furniture: Understanding Styles, Construction & Quality

American Furniture: Understanding Styles, Construction & Quality

By John T. Kirk

The author, a professor of art history at Boston University, provides a systematic historical treatise on American furniture, both high style and vernacular, with equal emphasis upon aesthetic style, construction methods, and functional quality.

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The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques

The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques

By Ralph Mayer

Called “the artist’s bible” by American Art Magazine, The Artist’s Handbook has been an indispensible reference book for artists since the date of its publishing in 1940. Instruction on various artistic methods is provided through text and line drawings. Additionally an extensive index makes looking up specificities extremely easy. Ralph Mayer was a teacher at Columbia University’s School of Painting for twenty years.

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Domus: Wall Painting in the Roman House

Domus: Wall Painting in the Roman House

By Donnatella Mazzoleni

This lavish book includes 350 color images of the frescoed walls of 28 Italian villas of the first few centuries of the first millennium. The book even includes three fold outs that replicate the texture of the walls presented. The book’s authors describe the images and in two essays expand on the links between Roman Architecture and the painted illusionistic style popular at the time. The book focuses on the art of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum with several outside examples.

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David and Neo-Classicism

David and Neo-Classicism

By Sophie Monneret

Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) was the supreme French painter before, during, and after the Revolution in the Neo-Classical style that drew upon Greek and Roman imagery. David viewed politics and aesthetics as one, and thus many of his well executed paintings related to the current political events and atmosphere of his time. This monograph follows David’s career from his time spent in school till his death in 1825.

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Furniture Treasury

Furniture Treasury

By Wallace Nutting

Nutting’s is the classic pictorial reference on historic American furniture. The book is a staple of every serious furniture collector and antiques dealer in America.

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Discourses on Art

Discourses on Art

By Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) was an influential English painter and one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Art in London. Between 1769 and 1790 Reynolds gave seven lectures on art and art theory at the Academy. In one of his lectures, Reynolds made the assertion that “Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory.” Here, all seven of Reynolds’ discourses are reprinted.

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The Laws of Fesole

The Laws of Fesole

By John Ruskin

John Ruskin (1819-1900) was a prolific writer, thinker, and artist known for his essays on art and architecture. In this book, The Laws of Fesole, Ruskin examines the elements and principles of drawing and painting as derived from Italian artists. Through this book Ruskin sought to provide his readers with an understanding of the way the Italian masters worked so that art could once again be created in that way.

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The Elements of Drawing

The Elements of Drawing

By John Ruskin

The Elements of Drawing is John Ruskin’s (1819-1900) treaties on the instruction of drawing. The great thinker, writer, and artist believed that drawing enables one to convey and understand concepts easily, and as such is a valuable tool to have. Further, Ruskin felt it was not important to learn just how to draw, but rather to draw with a measured ability.

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Theory of Mouldings

Theory of Mouldings

By C. Howard Walker

With the revival of interest in traditional design, practitioners, students, and historians have begun to study and use the vocabulary of forms that so enriched our architectural heritage. None are as ubiquitous as mouldings, yet an in-depth analysis of them has been absent. This book fills an important gap in the current discourse of building.

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