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Our history of art books provide an overview of artists and their work through the ages - from hieroglyphs to modern art.

  • Art

    Andrew Graham Dixon

    Product Code: ARTY
    Hardback
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    This beautiful book offers a definitive visual historical timeline of art - all the way from classical Greek art and the Italian Renaissance through to modern-day masterpieces.

    Featuring masterpieces from artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Van Gogh, this reference book reveals key facts about art movements and their origins and influences and examines the matter and methods used by each artist.
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  • Gustav Klimt Slim Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZTI
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    Gustav Klimt was a founder of the Viennese Secession movement at the turn of the twentieth century, Vienna's own Art Nouveau. Gustav Klimt's work is instantly recognizable and this beautiful slim showcases some of his most stunning work. The illustrations range from his rich portraits of women to some iconic golden designs from paintings like his Beethoven Frieze.
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  • Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture - Silver Studio Wall Calendar 2020 (Wall Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZYI
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    Founded in 1880 by Arthur Silver, the Silver Studio was a commercial design practice that produced more than 20,000 beautiful designs for items such as wallpapers, tablecloths and rugs. This calendar features 12 of these designs, from the collection held by the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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  • William Morris Gallery Mini Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZWO
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    William Morris was a renowned artist and textile designer. Associated with the founding of the Arts and Crafts Movement, his work has an appeal that is still felt today. Featuring 12 celebrated designs from the collection of the William Morris Gallery, this mini calendar highlights the talent and longevity of the designs that came out of Morris & Co. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
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  • Klimt Landscapes Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZYS
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    Renowned Austrian artist Gustav Klimt is well known for his richly decorative commissioned artwork and murals, but he also produced a number of beautiful landscape paintings that are unique masterpieces in their own right. The Viennese artist would often experiment new techniques in these landscapes, and much of the sumptuous patterning and vibrancy of his more famous work can be traced in his landscapes too. This calendar gathers together twelve such examples, including Rosebushes Under the Trees, On Lake Attersee and Malcesine on Lake Garda. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
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  • Cabins

    Philip Jodidio

    Product Code: BQDDM
    Hardback
    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-Laure 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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  • Leonardo Da Vinci

    Giorgio Vasari

    Product Code: AZTPO
    Paperback
    'In this painting of Leonardo's there was a smile so pleasing that it seemed divine rather than human.' Often called "the first art historian", Vasari writes with delight on the lives of Leonardo and other celebrated Renaissance artists . Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574). Vasari's works available in Penguin Classics are Lives of the Artists Volume I and Volume II.
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  • Tate - J.M.W. Turner Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZADX
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    One of Britain's most celebrated and popular artists, J.M.W. Turner was a master painter of landscapes and seascapes. This calendar features a range of Turner's atmospheric depictions of seascapes and landscapes from Tate collections, from The River Thames and Kew Bridge, Scarborough to Windsor from Lower Hope. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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  • Alphonse Mucha Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZADB
    Other
    No artist captured the glamour of the findesiecle era as definitively as Alphonse Mucha. Dubbed the `father' of Art Nouveau, this Czech artist transcended the boundaries between commercial and fine art, with his richly decorative images adorning everything from advertising posters to biscuit tins. Composed of ornate, flowing patterns and bold, sensual figures, his highly stylised artwork evoked a spirit of luxury and leisure, and is celebrated in this beautiful wall calendar. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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  • The Art Puzzle Book

    Susie Hodge

    Product Code: CAWCU
    Paperback
    Think you know Bosch from Botticelli? Mondrian from Miro? Think again... The Art Puzzle Book turns art history on its head by testing your brainpower and perception on some the world's most iconic paintings. Journey from ancient Egypt to 1980s New York solving riddles, discovering hidden secrets and challenging your general knowledge. Esteemed art historian Susie Hodge and leading brain trainer Dr Gareth Moore introduce you to 36 iconic pieces of art - including Botticelli's Primavera, Van Gogh's The Starry Night and Picasso's Guernica. For each painting, they reveal fascinating facts about the work and artist (and give clues on what to look for), before challenging you to decipher the art for yourself through carefully crafted questions. Look at art in new ways as you: Decode the hieroglyphs from the Book of the Dead Find new symbols in The Arnolfini Portrait Solve riddles based on The Garden of Earthly Delights Navigate M.C. Escher's gravity-defying staircases Reassemble the Mondrian With over 300 questions, The Art Puzzle Book is designed to entertain and perplex, whether you're an art novice or an art connoisseur. Features artworks by: Altichiero, the Limbourg Brothers, Gentile da Fabriano, Jan van Eyck, Botticelli, Hieronymus Bosch, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Bruegel the Elder, Paolo Veronese, Basawan and Chetar Munti, Caravaggio, Hendrick Avercamp, Artemisia Gentileschi, Diego Velazquez, Johannes Vermeer, Francisco de Goya, Hiroshige, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Georges-Pierre Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, Suzanne Valadon, Sonia Delaunay, Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, M.C. Escher, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
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  • Van Gogh - Starry Night Pocket Diary 2020

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZAEB
    Other
    Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this luxurious week-to-view pocket diary has a foil and embossed cover with magnetic closure. Featuring on its cover a charming design based on one of Vincent van Gogh's celebrated Starry Night artworks, this diary makes a perfect gift or a special treat just for you.
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  • Van Gogh - Almond Blossom Pocket Diary 2020

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZVF
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    Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this luxurious week-to-view pocket diary has a foil and embossed cover with magnetic closure. Featuring on its cover a charming design based on one of Vincent van Gogh's celebrated Almond Blossom artworks, this diary makes a perfect gift or a special treat just for you.
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  • The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Colouring Book

    Eilidh Muldoon

    Product Code: BPMWB
    Paperback
    As an outstanding exponent of Art Nouveau and leader of the `Glasgow Style', Charles Rennie Mackintosh's buildings, designs and paintings are known the world over. In this book Eilidh Muldoon shares her passion for one of the twentieth-century's artistic giants. From Mackintosh's most iconic buildings, such as the Glasgow School of Art, The Cranston Tearooms and Hill House to furniture, stained glass and fabric designs, these drawings are an ideal way to explore his artistic world, and by adding colour, adding your own personal stamp.
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  • Netsuke

    Noriko Tsuchiya

    Product Code: AKIRX
    Paperback
    Netsuke have once again come to the fore in the popular imagination of the public. In part this is due to the phenomenal success of Edmund De Waals 2010 book, Hare with the Amber Eyes, which highlights a treasured netsuke collection that was challenged by war and the vicissitudes of time. Intricately carved from various materials including ivory, wood and metal, these small toggles served a practical purpose in Japan: a netsuke was used to fasten a mans sash, an integral part of Japanese costume. Up until the seventeenth century netsuke were relatively insignificant objects that were rarely of artistic interest, but as time passed they evolved in terms of both materials and workmanship, and were then used by men to flaunt their wealth or as an expression of status. Today netsuke are considered an art form in their own right and are prized by collectors around the world. They are found in a variety of forms and depict a wide range of subjects including figures of human and legendary form, ghosts, animals, botanical subjects and masks. Skilfully worked, these miniature carvings are of great artistic value, but they also provide a window into Japanese culture and society. This book brings together one hundred of the most beautiful and interesting netsuke from the extensive collection of the British Museum, each of which has its own special charm and story to tell. Uncovering the stories behind these netsuke and coupling them with stunning new photography, this book reveals why these tiny objects have captivated so many, the meaning they have held for those who wore them, and what they can tell us about Japanese everyday life.
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  • Art Deco Britain

    Elain Harwood

    Product Code: CAVUB
    Hardback
    The definitive guide to Art Deco buildings in Britain. The perennially popular style of Art Deco influenced architecture and design all over the world in the 1920s and 1930s - from elegant Parisian theatres to glamorous Manhattan skyscrapers. The style was also adopted by British architects, but, until now, there has been little that really explains the what, where and how of Art Deco buildings in Britain. In Art Deco Britain, leading architecture historian and writer Elain Harwood, brings her trademark clarity and enthusiasm to the subject as she explores Britain's Art Deco buildings. Art Deco Britain, published in association with the Twentieth Century Society, is the definitive guide to the architectural style in Britain. The book begins with an overview of the international Art Deco style, and how this influenced building design in Britain. The buildings covered include Houses and Flats; Churches and Public Buildings; Offices; Shops, Showrooms and Cafes; Hotels and Public Houses; Cinemas, Theatres and Concert Halls; Sports Buildings; Industrial Premises and Transport Buildings. The book covers some of the best-loved and some lesser-known buildings around the UK, such as the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Eltham Palace, Broadcasting House and the Carreras Cigarette Factory in London, Finella in Cambridge, St Christopher's Church in Liverpool and Tinside Lido in Plymouth. Beautifully produced and richly illustrated with architectural photography, this is the definitive guide to a much-loved architecture style.
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  • Seats of London

    Andrew Martin

    Product Code: BZPSK
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    Moquette is the carpet-like fabric covering the seats we sit on in London's Tubes, buses, trams and Overground trains - and here is a brilliantly colourful guide to all its patterns. London Transport has always wanted the best design, be it Charles Holden's superb art deco Tube stations on the Piccadilly Line, its elegant Johnston typeface or Harry Beck's Tube map. And this pursuit of excellence has extended even to the design of the fabrics it covers our bus and Tube seats with: moquette. In the Thirties top artists like Paul Nash and Enid Marx were commissioned to design patterns; nowadays every line like Crossrail or the Overground gets its own unique, colour-co-ordinated moquette pattern. Now, in conjunction with the London Transport Museum, which has the definitive London Transport moquette archive, Andrew Martin has written a delightful, surprising and covetable guide to all these patterns, from the first horse bus to the latest Tube train.
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  • Photography

    Tom Ang

    Product Code: BZLYW
    Hardback
    This fascinating all-in-one guide introduces you to the art, history, and culture of photography, and shows you how to get the very best from your own photographs. A comprehensive guide to all things photographic, Photography opens with a gallery of more than 30 of the key figures in photography, from 19th-century pioneers to famous photographers working today. The gallery provides fascinating contrasts between such diverse genres as art photography, reportage, portrait, and wildlife photography. The book then tells the story of photography, from its "garden shed" beginnings to the rise of the "selfie" today. The second half of the book introduces cameras, accessories, and software, explaining what they can do and how to use them, then shows how to take better photographs by mastering the technical aspects of your camera; experimenting with composition, colour and light; and digitally enhancing your photos. Inspirational masterclasses covering all genres of photography - landscape, portraits, wildlife, architecture, art - also provide you with an opportunity to apply your newfound skills in a clear and practical way.
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  • Great Women Artists

    Phaidon Editors

    Product Code: BZLUN
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    Five centuries of fascinating female creativity presented in more than 400 compelling artworks and one comprehensive volume The most extensive fully illustrated book of women artists ever published, Great Women Artists reflects an era where art made by women is more prominent than ever. In museums, galleries, and the art market, previously overlooked female artists, past and present, are now gaining recognition and value. Featuring more than 400 artists from more than 50 countries and spanning 500 years of creativity, each artist is represented here by a key artwork and short text. This essential volume reveals a parallel yet equally engaging history of art for an age that champions a greater diversity of voices. "Real changes are upon us, and today one can reel off the names of a number of first-rate women artists. Nevertheless, women are just getting started."-The New Yorker
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  • The Manga Artist's Handbook: Drawing Basic Characters

    Junka Morozumi

    Product Code: BZGNJ
    Paperback
    This book provides a revolutionary new 3-step tracing technique that beginning artists can use to quickly learn to draw manga characters just like a pro! Every page presents a classic manga pose, from walking and running to jumping for joy, in three different steps: 1. A simple outline of the body2. The defining elements of the character (like clothes, hair and facial expression) highlighted for easy tracing so you can practice placing them onto the basic body outline3. The finished drawing (for inspiration). Popular manga artists Junka Morozumi and Tomomi Mizuna guide you through a series of carefully graded lessons to build up your skills gradually. Chapter 1 deals with the basic poses of standing, walking, and running.; Chapter 2 presents signature manga poses such as turning around in surprise and being angry with hands on hips.; Chapter 3 practices various sitting and sleeping poses.; Chapter 4 deals with drawing perspective, looking at characters from above, below and diagonal viewpoints.; Chapter 5 focuses on 2-person manga poses including the classic prince with a princess in his arms.; Chapter 6 lets readers try out the skills they have acquired by tracing and copying a full-page manga illustration containing multiple characters.. These six lessons are supplemented by exercises for capturing the right facial expressions, drawing the clothes and getting the perspective and body proportions right. Beginning manga artists are in good hands with Morozumi, who lectures at art academies in Tokyo, and Mizuna, whose work has been exhibited in the U.S., Europe and beyond. If you've been looking for an easy-to-use guide to drawing manga, The Manga Artist's Handbook: Drawing Basic Characters is the perfect place to start!
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  • Judith Kerr

    Joanna Carey

    Product Code: BZBRA
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    An overview of the life and work of much-loved children's illustrator and author Judith Kerr, creator of classics such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and Mog. A thoughtful and intimate portrait, this book is not only a celebration of Judith Kerr's classic work, but a record of the hard work, development and serious intent behind it. Referencing Kerr's biographical novels, Joanna Carey introduces us to the illustrator as she goes about her daily life, showing us into her studio, exploring her materials, her relationship with her publisher and editors, and her reflections over the years. Drawing on a great range of previously unpublished visual material, we see behind the scenes of Kerr's unforgettable creations.
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  • Erte Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZADT
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    The stylish figures that dominate Erte's bold, sleek designs exude glamour and are instantly recog-nizable. With a long career spanning fashion magazines, jewellery, sculpture and the stage, the art deco artist and designer produced an impressive range of influential art. From the bold colours of Winter Flowers to the elegance of New Bridges of the Seven Seas, this calendar collects 12 of his masterpieces. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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  • Alphonse Mucha - Mini Wall calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZADS
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    No artist captured the glamour of the fin-de-siecle era as definitively as Alphonse Mucha. Dubbed the `father' of Art Nouveau, this Czech artist transcended the boundaries between commercial and fine art, with his richly decorative images adorning everything from advertising posters to biscuit tins. His highly stylized artwork, evoking a spirit of luxury and leisure, is celebrated in this slim calendar. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
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  • Leonardo Da Vinci Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZACX
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    Leonardo da Vinci was the original Renaissance Man: an artist, mathematician, inventor and writer amongst his many talents. This calendar brings together 12 of his drawings which display not only his skilful observation, but also an elegance, with the gentle features of his subjects graced with unrivalled eloquence. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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  • Tate - Nudes Wall Calendar 2020

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZACW
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    Often used to express ideals of male and female beauty throughout the ages, nude artworks were particularly popular in ancient Greek art and during the Renaissance. This Tate calendar features a collection of paintings from artists including Sir John Everett Millais, Edgar Degas, Theodore Roussel and Auguste Renoir. The Royal Academy of Arts have an exhibition running over the summer of 2019 called 'The Renaissance Nude' which celebrates the human form and will feature an array of classic painters from the same era. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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In our range of the best art history books, we have some beautiful books packed with stunning photography of the best pieces of art from the past.

Trace the fascinating history of art

Follow the development and evolution of art over the centuries with our brilliant history of art books. Plus, you can discover how contemporary art has been influenced by other cultures in our books on art history from around the world.

Famous artists and movements

With books on famous artists, including Van Gogh and Rembrandt, and famous movements and styles, including art deco and Renaissance paintings, our books take you through the most significant parts of the history of art.