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A self-taught artist of Italian descent, Jack Vettriano has been an inspirational artist for over 20 years and has now established himself as Scotland's most successful and controversial contemporary artist. This book beautifully captures his famous works and is perfect for any art connoisseur to pore over.
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Emerging from the unlikely setting of the Scottish Coalfields, Vettriano's paintings offer a glimpse into his alluring yet sinister world - daylight scenes of heady optimism on the beach and at race tracks are counterbalanced by more disquieting canvases of complex night-time liaisons in bars and clubs...
This updated edition of Jack Vettriano: A Life contains many of his powerful canvases, including 15 more recent images that will thrill and intrigue fans of art.
This acclaimed book by Steven Pinker, author of "The Language Instinct" and "The Blank Slate", argues that, contrary to popular belief, humankind has become progressively less violent, over millenia and decades. Can violence really have declined? The images of conflict we see daily on our screens from around the world suggest this is an almost obscene claim to be making. Extraordinarily, however, Steven Pinker shows violence within and between societies - both murder and warfare - really has declined from prehistory to today. We are much less likely to die at someone else's hands than ever before. Even the horrific carnage of the last century, when compared to the dangers of pre-state societies, is part of this trend. Debunking both the idea of the 'noble savage' and an over-simplistic Hobbesian notion of a 'nasty, brutish and short' life, Steven Pinker argues that modernity and its cultural institutions are actually making us better people.
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Showcasing 80 of the most famous paintings and sculptures of all time, What Makes Great Art is a handy pocket guide that provides would-be art aficionados with a guide to why these pieces of art have inspired so much acclaim and respect.
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Ideal for anyone who loves art, Andy Pankhurst and Lucinda Hawksley look at projects from many different eras and of various styles - from Expression and Beauty to Realism and Form. There are also chapters based on Symbolism, Distortion and Erotic artwork.
Whether the paintings owe their greatness to the composition or colour, provide an insight into a human subject or convey a message in an effective manner, this book covers it. Among the famous pieces covered are Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Claude Monet's Impression: Sunrise and Jackson Pollock's Mural.
Please note that What Makes Great Art contains a chapter dedicated to Erotic art.
Although this book features Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring on its cover, there is no information inside about this painting. There are, however, intricate details about 80 of the most iconic pieces of artwork ever created.
Say a Little Prayer provides a fresh, modern means of relating to the spiritual. In our ever more frenetic age, this original and exciting set does not intend to replace or compete with pre-existing religious practices and imagery, but instead to reinterpret the moments of calm offered by religious iconography and text in a contemporary, multicultural way.
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Uniting spiritual schools of thought from across history and geography, the title presents ten colorful card sets connected with Brazilian Candomble, Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Kabbalah, Islam, Protestantism, and Shinto. Each set contains eleven beautifully designed cards, including one card introducing the religion, and 10 individual icon and prayer cards, which combine an image with a corresponding text.
Whether illustrating the exquisite, intricate design of Islamic patterns; the beauty of Hindu goddess Durga; or the detailed figurative symbolism of Kabbalistic imagery; each card is a delicate artwork, as well as an inspiring insight into spiritual thought around the world.
A must-see event, every year for one weekend in September Open House London showcases 100 of the most inspirational buildings in England's capital city with them all opening their doors to the public for free. This is the first ever book to tie in with the prestigious occasion and offers exclusive glimpses into the buildings that take part. Covering hundreds of buildings in London, some historical and some modern, all are great works of architecture and a quarter of a million people attend this amazing event. This fascinating book covers private homes, offices, community spaces, governmental institutions and recreational areas.
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From still life to portraits, this 10-book collection will help you learn how to paint in style using oils and acrylics. Covering all the basics of painting, the books feature progressive visual demonstations and expert advice to help you get to grips with a paintbrush in the right way.
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- Just £1.00 per book
There are step-by-step lessons featured in all the books too, helping you learn how to paint spectacular landscapes, sunsets, clouds and skyscapes, pet portraits, oceans and seascapes and flowers.
There is also advice on setting up a studio, selecting tools and materials and learning the tips, tricks and techniques for the different styles of painting. A perfect starter library for a budding artist!
Please note these books are dedicated to oil and acrylic painting.
Perhaps best-known for his investigations of anomalies, enigmas, conundrums and mysteries from Victorian fiction in Is Heathcliff a Murderer?, John Sutherland returns with yet another guide to fine fiction in the form of How to Be Well Read, a guide to the best novels ever written and why they matter.
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A compelling, personal combination of literary reference and history, the editor of The Oxford Companion to Popular Fiction and Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland, introduces readers to over 500 of the world's best canonical and modern works of fiction in the form of informative, yet offbeat and quirky, mini-essays.
From imposing Victorian novels to espionage, romance, thrillers and everything in-between, the book provides a forceful, evocative defence for why the titles should take pride of place upon the bookshelves of every fan of fiction. Perfect for dipping in and out of, How to be Well Read not only makes for great reading itself but also provides readers with a well-informed reading list of books they are sure to enjoy!
Following the success of Draw Faces in 15 Minutes, we're delighted to bring our budding artists Draw People in 15 Minutes, a how-to guide from Jake Spicer that will show you how to sketch people on the move or at rest!
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Taking you though every aspect of drawing people - from sketching out to drawing a model or even recreating a photograph - the book will show you how to create a full-length portrait in just 15 minutes. It also unveils all the secrets of making observational sketches on the move.
With advice on how to deal with features, hair and clothing, the easy-to-follow guide also has tips on material to use and how you can draw hands, feet and fabric. A must-have for anyone who wants to hone their drawing skills - especially when it comes to people!
Imagine you have an old painting that's been in the family for years and that curiosity leads to the discovery that it is more rare and worth more than you could possibly have imagined. As experts get increasingly excited, it becomes apparent the painting was thought to be by a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, and possibly actually by the master himself. After extensive research and communication with academics and institutions from all over the world, the results are astounding. In turn, this revelation leads to the discovery of one of the greatest heresies of our time, a story that the Roman Catholic Church has been desperate to keep secret for centuries... Fiona McLaren's Da Vinci's Last Commission: The Most Sensational Detective Story in the History of Art is a truly astonishing account of a remarkable true story.
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If you've ever wondered about the peculiar quirks of the English, acclaimed anthropologist Kate Fox's Watching the English is the book for you. A bestseller when it was first published 10 years ago, this revised and updated edition includes over 100 new entries and several new chapters.
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A set text for university anthropology courses and endlessly fascinating to dip in and out of, the book showcases the findings from Kate's field research and observational experiments about all things English. Over the past decade, social media and mobile phones have grown in stature and become everyday elements of modern society - how have these changed the way the English behave?
A book to make anyone who is English sit back and think about things in a different way, this is a brilliant analysis and decipherment of England's enigmatic behaviour codes, social rules and subcultures.
The Art Museum is the finest art collection ever assembled between two covers. This revolutionary and unprecedented virtual art museum in a book, features 1,000 oversized pages of over 2,700 works of art. It is the most comprehensive and visually spectacular history of world art ever published. Ten years in the making, this unique book was created with a global team of specialists in all fields of art, including museum curators and educators, who have collected together important works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover. Unrestricted by the constraints of physical space, this luxurious book is organized by innovative color-coded "galleries," "rooms, "corridors" and "special exhibitions" which display hundreds of paintings, sculptures, frescos, photographs, tapestries, friezes, installations, performances, videos, woodblock prints, folding screens, ceramics and manuscripts that tell the history of world art. This is the only museum to house Leonardo's Mona Lisa, a collection of Rembrandt's finest self portraits, Velazquez's Las Meninas and Picasso's Guernica, as well as ceramics from China, Hokusai's woodblock prints, gold artefacts from Peru, and works by Jackson Pollock in one place. With intelligent in-depth text throughout, explanatory labels for each artwork, a comprehensive glossary and detailed location maps, The Art Museum, is accessible for everyone from casual art fans to experts in the field.
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Whether you want to find the best bargains when buying antiques and collectables as a hobby, or whether you want to turn your interest in antiques into an extra income stream or full-time career, Fiona Shoop's How to Deal in Antiques will help you make better deals and maximise your profits. You'll discover: - what to buy and sell - where to buy and how to get bigger discounts - where and how to sell - using the internet for both buying and selling Antiques expert, Fiona Shoop, highlights the tricks of the trade to help you avoid making common but costly mistakes - and ensure that you get the best out of the antiques world.
The 20th century was a rich and influential period of beautiful, innovative design and many classics from that era have influenced and inspired modern designers. "Collectables: 20th-Century Classics" features more than 90 of the most desirable and iconic pieces from the last century. Beautifully illustrated and organized by category (furniture, household, lighting, glass and ceramics) each entry has: a double-page spread, featuring a short essay on the classic under discussion with an accompanying photograph of that object; top tips on what to look out; a price guide; and, key websites to direct the reader on where best to make a purchase or pick up a bargain. Clear and concise, this book provides all the information you need to make an informed decision when investing in a piece of classic design, whether it be an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, a Clarice Cliff tea cup or a Poul Henningsen PH lamp. This gorgeous book is a must for anyone interested in style, design or interiors.
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This title offer an illustrated account of classical Greek buildings, sculptures and paintings, that are shown in 200 glorious photographs and drawings. It includes an authoritative exploration of ancient Greek civilization, architecture and style, sculpture, painting and mosaics. It provides a spectacular visual study of iconic Greek buildings and temples, including the Parthenon and the Acropolis, the Sanctuary of Delphi and the great temples of Olympia. It contains an examination of the Doric, Ionian and Corinthian Orders that influenced the development of great Western architecture from medieval times to the present day. It helps you learn about the sculptors from Pheidias and Polycritus to Praxiteles and Lysippus, and their creations including the Riace bronzes, the Delphi Charioteer, the Farnese Hercules and the Laocoon statue. This title includes over 250 glorious photographs, illustrations and diagrams bring the ancient cities of Athens, Corinth and Sparta to life and reveal the pioneering brilliance of classical Greek art and architecture. This fascinating book explores the importance of art and architecture in the world's first classical civilization, charting the ancient cities from their first foundations to the creation of their towering temples. The first half of this book analyses the rise of Greek architecture from its Minoan roots to the creation of that most perfect temple, the Parthenon. The second part of this book covers the skill of ancient Greek sculptors and artists, and looks in detail at their techniques. An insightful text plus over 250 photographs, illustrations and maps make this book an indispensable resource on classical Greek art and architecture for both the specialist and general reader.
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A unique look at the history, adventures, myths and realities of this most legendary and powerful of bands, it is a labour of love based on hours of first-hand and original interviews. What emerges is a compelling portrait of the four musicians themselves, as well as a fresh insight into the close-knit entourage that protected them, from Peter Grant to Richard Cole to Ahmet Ertegun, giant figures from the long-vanished world of 1970s rock. Featuring many rare and never before seen photographs, it is also the first book on Led Zeppelin to cover such recent events as their triumphant 2007 - O2 Arena gig and Robert Plant's Grammy-winning resurgence of recent years.
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One big slice of cheesecake. Pin-up travels the long road from barracks wall to high art. In the 15 years since TASCHEN released The Great American Pin-up, international interest in this distinctly American art form has increased exponentially. Paintings by leading artists such as Alberto Vargas, George Petty, and Gil Elvgren that sold for $ 2000 in 1996 are going for $ 200,000 and more today. Pin-up, defined as drawings or paintings of pretty girls that stop short of frank nudity, was produced between 1920 and 1970, and much of it was discarded by publishers and calendar companies after printing. Today it's huge, and ripe for an equally huge and truly comprehensive collector's edition. Formidably sized, The Art of Pin-up is an impressive book that will be coveted by casual fans as well as hardcore pin-up collectors. The reproduction quality of the paintings, pastels, and preparatory sketches - largely sourced from the original art - invites the viewer to trace the brush strokes in these full-page delights. Each chapter contains exquisite period calendars, vintage prints, and original model photos as well, documenting the artists' creative process. Much of these ephemera were photographed on-site at the historic Brown & Bigelow Company, home to the world's largest archive of vintage pin-up calendars. Following the chapters on the 15 featured artists, the book concludes with an "Encyclopedia of Pin-up," featuring thumbnail bios and representative art of 72 additional artists, the most complete compendium of pin-up artists ever compiled. All this adds up to a hard-to-beat book on this popular subject.
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Life in the woods. Creative cabin architecture. Ever since Henry David Thoreau's described his two years, two months, and two days of cabin existence at Walden Pond, Massachusetts in Walden or, Life in the Woods (1854), the idea of a refuge dwelling has seduced the modern psyche. In the past decade, as our material existence and environmental footprint has grown exponentially, architects around the globe have become particularly interested in the possibilities of the minimal, low-impact, and isolated abode. This new TASCHEN title, combining insightful text, rich photography and bright, contemporary illustrations by Marie-Laurc Cruschi, explores how this particular architectural type presents special opportunities for creative thinking. In eschewing excess, the cabin limits actual spatial intrusion to the bare essentials of living requirements, while in responding to its typically rustic setting, it foregrounds eco-friendly solutions. As such, the cabin comes to showcase some of the most inventive and forward-looking practice of contemporary architecture, with Renzo Piano, Terunobu Fujimori, Tom Kundig and many fresh young professionals all embracing such distilled sanctuary spaces. The cabins selected for this publication emphasize the variety of the genre, both in terms of usage and geography. From an artist studio on the Suffolk coast in England to eco-home huts in the Western Ghats region of India, this survey is as exciting in its international reach as it is in its array of briefs, clients, and situations. Constant throughout, however, is architectural innovation, and an inspiring sense of contemplation and coexistence as people return to nature and to a less destructive model of being in the world.
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This alluring, enlightening assemblage of tattoo art demystifies the personalities of today's top tattoo models and offers a fresh take on the modern pin-up. The impressive body art shown here is just the beginning of a fascinating look into the minds and hearts of gorgeous, intelligent, and confident women hailing from around the world. In candid interviews these inked beauties open up to the author about their upbringings, first tattoos, favourite and most challenging modelling experiences, and more. Enjoy a colourful variety of photographs that include hypnotic portraits, provocative poses, and interesting themes, creatively and tastefully showcasing mesmerising body art. Also read about how each model was discovered, who their most trusted tattoo artists are, and how they launched their careers. This includes work by professional photographers with experience shooting for Skin & Ink, Playboy, and other publications.
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A personal message from the author: Lots of individuals in society today are feeble-minded. They don't know what the hell is going on. Unfortunately many of these people are responsible for running The Country. They don't know the difference between a Precious Jewel and a piece of animal turd. Their ideas are Meaningless, illustrated using rubbish imagery (often made by a computer). The stupid words they write are always in bad fonts. Yet still people heed this nonsense. Maybe you are one of these people? It's alright. I am here to help you. I have a fully-composed world view. I have strong opinions about everything. And my ideas are hand-illustrated and use real handwriting that you can trust. I know exactly what's going on and am willing to share my thoughts with you. If you listen to what I say then things will quickly improve. No more weak messages. No more bad situations. Shall we proceed?
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High Five! TASCHEN's regular Illustration Now! series brings you the latest, groundbreaking work from the world's most exciting illustrators. A stimulating mix of established master draftsmen and neophytes, working in a vast range of techniques, this Illustration Now! Vol. 5 features 150 illustrators from over 30 countries, including illustration duo Craig&Carl, reportage artist Sue Coe, upcoming Agata Nowicka, old masters James McMullan and Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke. The spread includes personal work, as well as high-profile projects for clients such as Nike, The New Yorker, Harper's Bazar, The New York Time Magazine or Time magazine. Looking back at the history of media, the book's introduction from Steven Heller explores the many styles of illustration. It is a perfect round-up of illustration's here-and-now for graphic artists, creative professionals and illustration students, but also for anyone with an appreciation of draftsmanship and visual language.
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The Art of Fine Gifts: a new title in our bestselling large format series, Street Art is a fantastic foray into the unique and extremely creative world of this art form. The explosion of graffiti-styled street art in the early 1980s has continued to be a popular form of self-expression. By choosing public places to display their artwork, artists can achieve a more direct communication with the public, as opposed to being confined to the more formal art world. This exciting new book includes over 170 photographs of expressive and unconventional street art images from around the world, as well as a fascinating discussion of the styles, techniques and inspirations of both infamous artists and unknown talents. From mind-boggling illusions to satirical depictions, this book will have you looking on in awe.
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Dressed head-to-toe in black, often with extreme make-up, the gothic look has been a popular once since the 1980s. Gothic art is about more than just album covers and ephemera; it's about fashion, book jackets, cinematography, computer graphics and fine arts. And its influence frequently seeps through into mainstream culture.The first ever English language collection of gothic images available. Features 224 pages of gothic photography and artwork. Contains up to date references that encompass the modern gothic movement as well as the original movement that came from punk. Gathers imagery from around the world, including previously unpublished photographs and artwork. Each chapter includes two special features, including profiles of influential artists or styles. Features articles on the work of well-known artists such as Anne Sudworth and Roman Dirge as well as graphic design teams Parched Art, Leisure Process and 23 Envelope.
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In the short forty-two years of her life, Jane Austen wrote six novels that would endure long after her death in 1817. The texts are true classics, unchanged and yet still immensely popular some 200 years later, but the covers have changed with the times-from the elegant inscriptions of the famous Peacock cover, to pulpy sixties pop art, to graphic novels, Twilight-inspired copycat covers, and mystifyingly bad digital editions. With over 200 images of covers spanning as many years of Austen books, this fascinating, funny, and art-filled book is a must for Janeites, design geeks, and book lovers of every stripe.
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