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  • Max Loehr and the Study of Chinese Bronzes: Style and Classification in the History of Art

    Robert W. Bagley

    Max Loehr (1903–1988), the most distinguished historian of Chinese art of his generation, is celebrated above all for a 1953 art historical study of Chinese bronzes that effectively predicted discoveries Chinese archaeologists were about to make. Those discoveries in turn overthrew the theories of Loehr’s great rival Bernhard Karlgren (1889–...

  • Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    Robert W. Bagley

    The bronze ritual vessel, the defining artifact of early Chinese civilization, is the subject of this monumental study of Shang ritual bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. A comprehensive introduction, the most thorough treatment of Shang bronzes in any language, lays the foundation for 104 catalogue entries, many of which explore in...

  • Art and Life in Renaissance Venice

    Patricia Fortini Brown

    Through close examination of Renaissance paintings, drawings, book illustrations, and other art works, Patricia Fortini Brown brings 14th- and 15th-century Venice alive. She explores the role of the guilds and the nobility, the unique island setting, the environment of the church and the private home, the political rivalries with other states,...

  • Private Lives in Renaissance Venice: Art, Architecture, and the Family

    Patricia Fortini Brown

    This book offers an engaging and original perspective on the private lives and material culture of patrician families in 16th-century Venice. Distinguished art historian Patricia Fortini Brown takes us behind the elegant facades of grand palaces built along the Venetian canals and examines the roles of both fine and applied arts in family life...

  • Venetian Narrative Painting in the Age of Carpaccio

    Patricia Fortini Brown

    During the late 15th and early 16th centuries, Venetians lined their government council chambers and religious fraternities with narrative paintings of pageantry, diplomacy, and pious legend. These works—which include Carpaccio's pictorial stories about St. Ursula, St. George, and St. Jerome, as well as Bellini's panoramic recordings of the...

  • Venice and Antiquity: The Venetian Sense of the Past

    Patricia Fortini Brown

    Venice was unique among major Italian cities in having no classical past of its own. As such, it experienced the Renaissance in a manner quite different from that of Florence or Rome. In this pathbreaking book, Patricia Fortini Brown focuses on Venice’s Golden Age—from the 13th to the 16th century—and shows how it was influenced by antiquity,...

  • Degrees of Guidance: Essays on Twentieth-Century American Photography

    Peter C. Bunnell

    This selection of essays and reviews written between 1962 and 1983 focus on the creativity of the American photographer as artist and on the nature of his work and life, placing special attention on the creative impulse of the art photographer and the significance of his pictures as expressive works of art. Among the major artist photographers...

  • Inside the Photograph: Writings on Twentieth-Century Photography

    Peter C. Bunnell

    Over some 30 years as a professor and curator at Princeton University, Peter C. Bunnell has been a profoundly influential force in conversations about photography's past and present. He has written extensively—articles, books, catalogue essays—and this up-to-date collection of texts from throughout his career supersedes the beloved out-of-print...

  • The City-Reliefs of Lycia

    William Childs

    By studying the iconographic background of the city motif and its use on tombs in Lycia in the first half of 4th century BCE, Childs sheds new light on the history and monuments of Lycia and the influences which shaped its art. The city reliefs of Lycia reflect the complex interaction of three distinct cultural and artistic traditions: the...

  • Architecture in the Balkans: From Diocletian to Suleyman the Magnificent, c. 300–1550

    Slobodan Ćurčić

    In this major work, Slobodan Ćurčić traces the development of architecture in the Balkans from late antiquity to the height of the Ottoman Empire. Covering not just ecclesiastical buildings but architectural enterprises ranging from urban conglomerations, simple houses, and palaces, to fortifications, cisterns, aqueducts, and bridges—Ćurčić...

  • Frank Gehry: On Line

    Esther da Costa Meyer

    World-renowned architect Frank Gehry considers drawing a conceptual tool: his fluid, unpredictable sketches demonstrate how he searches for ideas with his pen. This handsome book, slipcased in a cardboard box that itself recalls Gehry’s furniture, offers an in-depth analysis of his drawings during the two decades since computer generated design...

  • Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design

    Esther da Costa Meyer

    The designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883–1950) was a pivotal figure in modernism. His extraordinary Art Deco furniture is avidly collected and his visionary glass house, the Maison de Verre, is celebrated, but the breadth of his design genius has been little explored. Chareau linked architecture, fine arts, and style; designed furniture...

  • The Work of Antonio Sant'Elia: Retreat into the Future

    Esther da Costa Meyer

    Born in 1888 and killed during World War I, Antonio Sant’Elia was an Italian visionary architect who brilliantly anticipated in his remarkable sketches and futurist manifesto many of the characteristics of the great metropolises of the modern age. His drawings, which are practically all that remains of his work, include revolutionary cityscapes...

  • Hadrian's Villa and Its Legacy

    John A. Pinto; William L. MacDonald

    The great Villa constructed by the Emperor Hadrian near Tivoli between A.D. 118 and the 130s is one of the most original monuments in the history of architecture and art. The inspiration for major developments in villa and landscape design from the Renaissance onward, it also influenced such eminent 20th-century architects as Le Corbusier and...

  • Pietro Bracci and Eighteenth-Century Rome: Drawings for Architecture and Sculpture in the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Other Collections

    John Pinto; Elisabeth Kieven

    Pietro Bracci was a leading sculptor of 18th-century Rome, but the dispersal of his drawings has hampered study of the interplay between his approach to design and his response to Rome's vast artistic heritage. Using a group of Bracci drawings acquired by the Canadian Centre for Architecture as their point d'appui, Elisabeth Kieven and...

  • Speaking Ruins: Piranesi, Architects and Antiquity in Eighteenth-Century Rome

    John A. Pinto

    As they had during the Renaissance, ruins in the 18th century continued to serve as places of exchange between antiquity and modern times and between one architect and another. Rome functioned as a cultural entrepôt, drawing to it architects of the caliber of Filippo Juvarra, Robert Adam, Charles-Louis Clérisseau, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi...

  • Kallias of Sphettos and the Revolt of Athens in 286 B.C.

    Leslie Shear

    The long honorary decree for Kallias of Sphettos, found in the excavations of the Athenian Agora in 1971, is here published for the first time, illustrated with general and detailed photographs, with a translation and line-by-line commentary. The author has further explored the wealth of information to be gathered from the inscription, which...

  • Body in Question: Image and Illusion in Two Chinese Films by Director Jiang Wen

    Jerome Silbergeld

    In the Heat of the Sun and Devils on the Doorstep are two of the finest and most honored Chinese films ever made. Body in Question is the first book to thoroughly examine these groundbreaking works and one of the first books in English to study individual Chinese films in depth.

    These two award-winning films by...

  • China into Film: Frames of Reference in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

    Jerome Silbergeld

    Since 1984, Chinese cinema has been the most dramatic entry onto the international film scene. China into Film is the first book to look at contemporary Chinese cinema as a visual art and to illustrate the ways in which it has been shaped by centuries of Chinese tradition. Jerome Silbergeld looks at the significance of gender roles,...

  • Chinese Painting Style: Media, Methods, and Principles of Form

    Jerome Silbergeld

    Westerners seeking to appreciate and understand Chinese art have long felt the need of a fundamental book that explains both the technical means used by Chinese artists and the traditional stylistic modes of artistic expression. In Chinese Painting Style Jerome Silbergeld addresses this need, beginning with a discussion of basic...

  • Contradictions: Artistic Life, the Socialist State, and the Chinese Painter Li Huasheng

    Jerome Silbergeld; Gong Jisui

    Li Huasheng (b. 1944) represents the first generation of artists raised and trained in the People's Republic of China. His career spans the painting of Maoist propaganda in the 1960s, a decade of secretly studying forbidden traditional styles during the Cultural Revolution, an overnight rise from poverty to prominence during the artistic...

  • Hitchcock with a Chinese Face: Cinematic Doubles, Oedipal Triangles, and China's Moral Voice

    Jerome Silbergeld

    As China and the West grow closer together year by year, Chinese cinema becomes increasingly Westernized and Western interest in Chinese cinema continues to grow. Hitchcock with a Chinese Face examines three recent award-winning films—one from Shanghai, one from Hong Kong, one from Taipei—concerned with the issues of developing globalization...

  • Humanism In China: A Contemporary Record of Photography

    Jerome Silbergeld

    In 2003, the curatorial staff of the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou finished gathering together the first major museum collection ever assembled in China of documentary photographs produced by China's own photographers. Soliciting 100,000 photographs from all over the country, they selected the best 600. Representing a wide spectrum of...

  • Outside In: Chinese x American x Contemporary Art

    Jerome Silbergeld

    The art world is currently enthralled with contemporary Chinese art. This thoughtful book argues, however, that American audiences have been exposed only to a narrow range of what is available—with the majority of attention having been given to “avant-garde,” “experimental,” or politically charged art. Outside In discusses contemporary...