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New titles week of 12/10/18: Found 20 titles

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Item Number: 149737
Title: FILIPPO ABBIATI regista del Barocco in Lombardia
Author: Ferro, Filippo Maria ; Marina Dell'Omo
Price: $42.50
ISBN: 9788868572396
Record created on 12/01/18
Description: Novara: Interlinea, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 303pp. illus.

Summary: Filippo Abbiati (Milano 1640-1715) è stato, insieme con Andrea Lanzani e il Legnanino, tra i maggiori pittori milanesi del secondo Seicento lombardo e ha operato anche a Novara. Per la prima volta si raccolgono gli studi e le opere su questo gran regista del Barocco lombardo, tra committenze pubbliche e collezioni private, con inediti e novità provenienti dai documenti ritrovati. Si offre l'attività grafica e il catalogo dei dipinti con notizie dalle quadrerie private oltre a una rassegna delle opere perdute, disperse e non identificate. Infine un regesto dettagliato. "La sua inclinazione a un barocco sontuoso, che aveva caratterizzato con convinzione l'avvio ceranesco e alimentato la sua vis drammatica, verrà presto archiviato per dar luogo e voce alle orchestre dello Spatbarock e a una fioritura che tocca, con la Lombardia e l'Italia Settentrionale, l'Europa tutta, in una koinè di linguaggio tanto estesa da rammentare per diffusione solo il precedente del gotico fiorito. Le grandi macchine allestite da Filippo Abbiati, l'azzardo della sua regie e dei suoi effetti speciali sembrano trascorrere nell'oblio. Eppure una premonizione, quasi una profezia vichiana, rimane sospesa, attiva e tenace, tra le navate del Duomo, in palazzi e cattedrali romaniche, sul sito del carcere di Zebedia e attorno al monile barbarico di Monza: in attesa della coppia Manzoni-Hayez" (Filippo Maria Ferro). (I Segni, 26)

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Item Number: 148413
Title: Artisti e committenti lucchesi : Del Seicento a Roma : Atti del convegno Roma, Bibliotheca Hertziana, 25 magio 2016
Author: Albl, Stefan ; Sybille Ebert Schifferer ; Michele Nicolaci (eds)
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9788833670003
Record created on 03/20/18
Description: Milano: Officina Libraria, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 288pp., 24 color, 165 b&w illus.

Summary: Il volume raccoglie gli atti del convegno internazionale tenutosi a Roma presso la Bibliotheca Hertziana - Istituto Max Planck per la Storia dell'arte (Pittori lucchesi del Seicento a Roma) che ha visto la partecipazione di esperti internazionali di pittura lucchese e ha prodotto un significativo incremento dello stato delle conoscenze in materia. I contributi offrono uno spaccato inedito e un aggiornamento imprescindibile sulle presenze degli artisti lucchesi a Roma nel corso del XVII secolo. Molti infatti furono gli artisti nati e formatisi a Lucca a giungere nella capitale pontificia nel corso del Seicento per risiedervi a lungo talvolta conquistando un ruolo spesso non marginale nella scena artistica contemporanea. Altri, attraverso la formazione romana o il soggiorno più o meno prolungato nell'Urbe contribuirono ad aggiornare la pittura lucchese alle ultime tendenze una volta rientrati in patria. Oltre a presentare le novità documentarie e attributive riguardanti i singoli artefici, il volume ambisce a fornire un quadro complessivo dei complessi aspetti legati alle committenze romane (o maturate a Roma) delle principali famiglie aristocratiche lucchesi (Buonvisi, Spada, Franciotti, Garbesi), della fitta rete di rapporti intessuta dalla "nazione" lucchese, nonché delle specifiche professionalità e degli interessi culturali ed economici dei cittadini dell'ultima repubblica toscana residenti nell'Urbe. Tra le figure di artisti lucchesi attivi a Roma nel corso del Seicento si prendono in esame in particolare le figure di Girolamo Massei, Pietro Sigismondi, Paolo Biancucci, Paolo Guidotti Borghese, Pietro Paolini, Pietro Testa, Giovanni Marracci, Filippo Gherardi, Giovanni Coli.

Contents: Maria Teresa Filieri, Riflessioni sulla mostra La pittura a Lucca nel primo Seicento ; Alessandro Zuccari, Antesignani lucchesi a Roma. Massei e Guidotti nei cicli pittorici del tardo Cinquecento ; Michele Nicolaci, Aggiornamenti per Paolo Guidotti Borghese tra Roma e Lucca ; Patrizia Giusti Maccari, Pietro Paolini prima dell' "espatriamento" a Roma. Formazione e cultura ; Stefania Macioce, Musica Picta - i concerti dipinti di Pietro Paolini ; Oriane Lavit, Horace Le Blanc (vers 1575-1637) et son atelier - itinéraires de peintreis lucquois entre Lyon et Rome ; Paolo Bertoncini Sabatini, Francesco Buonamici (1592-1677) - gli anni degli esordi tra Lucca e Roma, disegno e architettura - le scene del Sant'Alessio barberiniano ; Giovanna Perini Folesani, Pietro Testa, capro espiatorio di querelles accademiche francesi ; Stefan Albl, Santa Croce e Bonaventura, la chiesa nazionale dei lucchesi a Roma. Dalla fondazione al 1704 ; Denis Ton, I Lucchesi a Roma e la corrente neoveneziana l Alberto Ambrosini, Da Roma a Lucca - Cosimo Fancelli, Paolo Lipparelli e la riqualificazione del Tempietto del Volto ; Paola Betti, Per passione e per lustro. La collezione del cardinale Orazio Filippo Spada ; Emanuele Pellegrini, Dentro le case di Lucca ; Stefan Albl, Panopticon lucchese. Luigi Lanzi e la pittura a Lucca nel Seicento ; Patrizia Giusti Maccari, Michele Nicolaci, La descrizione della Libertà Lucchese di Paolo Guidotti ; Stefan Albl, La lettera di Giacomo Sardini a Luigi Lanzi sulla pittura a Lucca del 1795 ; Paola Betti, Acquisti e tentativi di vendita di Francesco e Orazio Filippo Spada sul mercato artistico romano al finire del Seicento.

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Item Number: 133634
Title: Das Expressive in der Kunst 1500–1550 : ALBRECHT ALTDORFER und seine Zeitgenossen
Author: Fait, Jiri ; Susanne Jaeger (eds)
Price: $66.99
ISBN: 9783422073036
Record created on 12/04/14
Description: München: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 304pp., 282 illus., most in color. German text.

Summary: A tendency to use expressive forms of expression broke fresh ground in the art of Central Europe during the first half of the 16th century. For example, a dynamic defamiliarizing of structures, strong colors, lighting effects and focusing on objects are characteristic, as is the caricature of figures through exaggerated gestures, physiognomies and garments, for instance. Among other artists, this tendency can be found in works by Albrecht Altdorfer, Matthias Grünewald, Wolf Huber, Hans Leinberger or the Master IP. This sumptuously designed book presents the latest findings on the subject and is based on essays for a conference being prepared in conjunction with the current exhibition “Fantastische Welten” (Fantastic Worlds) in Frankfurt and Vienna.

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Item Number: 149717
Title: Winckelmann : Masterpieces throughout the Vatican Museums
Author: Comini, Guido ; Claudia Valeri
Price: $57.50
ISBN: 9788882714307
Record created on 11/23/18
Description: Vatican City: Edizioni Musei Vaticani, 2018. 27cm., pbk., 232pp., 192 color illus. Catalogue of the exhibition Winckelmann. Capolavori diffusi nei Musei Vaticani, held at Vatican Museums. English text.

Summary: The 2018 anniversary of the death of the illustrious art historian and archaeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann constitutes for the Vatican Museums the opportunity to prepare a "diffused" exhibition for which this volume is intended as a concise informative catalogue aimed addressed to the general public of visitors. In addition to the celebration of his person and his aesthetic thought, the leitmotif of the catalogue and exhibition is the great German scholar's relationship with the Pope's Museums during his stay in Rome, and in especially with the treasures preserved here. The themes include his illuminating Roman stay, the systematization of the history of Egyptian art, the importance of Etruscan art, his love of classical art, the influence of Winckelmann's thought on the restoration of ancient works, the experience of direct analysis of the works, attendance of the Vatican Library, and the development of neoclassicism. The catalogue includes the fifty most representative Vatican works in Winckelmann's studies, many of which are presented as an example of the achievement of artistic perfection: the Apollo of the Belvedere, the Laocoön, the Hermes. The works are presented in in-depth technical notes which, in addition to providing basic data - date, location of the find, collocation and inventory numbers - also offer an iconographic and stylistic description enriched by the critical point of view of the German scholar.

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Item Number: 149645
Title: La scuola scultorea romana del Quattrocento
Author: Crescentini, Claudoi ; Sergio Risaliti (eds)
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9788894136043
Record created on 10/19/18
Description: Roma: Erreciemme, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 124pp., 65 b&w illus.

Contents: C. Crescentini, Andrea Bregno e Mina da Fiesole, due 'volti del potere' fra rifrangenze e approfondimenti ; T. Pöpper / T. Tolnai, Le eccezioni confermano la regola - Collaborazioni e famiglie di monumenti sepolcrali nella scultura romana del Quattrocento ; C. La Bella, "Intra Chorum, Primus Sepelitur" - Le tombe quattrocentesche dei Maestri Generali dell'Ordine dei Predicatori a Santa Maria sopra Minerva ; A. Cavallaro, La scultura in bronzo e il recuper dell'antico ; S. Risaliti, Le corna del Bacco di Michelangelo. (RinnovaMenti. Studi sul Rinascimento)

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Item Number: 148314
Title: The Essential DUCHAMP
Author: Affron, Matthew (et al)
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 9780300233117
Record created on 03/14/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2018. 25cm., pbk., 232pp., 180 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: This richly illustrated publication explores the full career of the hugely influential and endlessly fascinating French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968). A pioneer whose creative output was predicated on a fundamental questioning of what art is, Duchamp is well known despite remaining mysterious as an artist, owing to his elusive persona and the unconventional nature of his work. Focusing on the world-renowned Duchamp collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Essential Duchamp tells the artist’s story through four key periods. The book begins with his early paintings and engagement with the avant-garde, then charts his abandonment of painting and invention of the readymade. This is followed by the creation of his alter ego Rrose Sélavy and the optical experiments of the interwar years, and, finally, by the making of Étant donnés (1946–66), the project that occupied the artist in the final two decades of his life. Shorter accompanying texts include explanations of key terms Duchamp used for his innovative ideas—readymade, pictorial nominalism, precision optics, and infrathin—as well as interviews and statements by the artist about his own art and ideas.

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Item Number: 149168
Title: ELMGREEN and DRAGSET : This Is How We Bite Our Tongue
Author: Smith, Laura
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780854882656
Record created on 06/19/18
Description: London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2018. 29cm., pbk., 192pp., 200 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: Since 1995, artists Michael Elmgreen (born 1961) and Ingar Dragset (born 1969) have been producing a body of work at the intersection of art, design and architecture, drawing on subjects as diverse as social politics, personal relationships and institutional critique. Their installations and sculptures reconfigure the everyday with subversive wit and tongue-in-cheek melancholy. Among their best-known works are Prada Marfa (2005), a full-scale replica of a Prada Boutique in the Texan desert; Powerless Structures, Fig. 101 (2012), a giant bronze boy on a rocking horse created for the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square; and Death of a Collector (2009) for the Venice Biennale, featuring a life-size swimming pool complete with a besuited floating body. This catalog journeys through the installations conceived for their first major UK exhibition.

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Item Number: 148345
Title: Russia : Art, Royalty and the Romanovs
Author: de Guitaut, Caroline ; Stephen Patterson
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 9781909741553
Record created on 03/15/18
Description: London: Royal Collection Trust, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 496pp., 400 color plates. Exhibition held at The Queen's Gallery, London.

Summary: The histories of the British and Russian royal families have been entwined for centuries. In the first publication to examine the relationship between Britain and Russia using artworks drawn exclusively from the Royal Collection, Russia: Art, Royalty and the Romanovs interweaves the familial, political, diplomatic, and artistic stories of these two nations over more than four hundred years. From initial contacts in the mid-sixteenth century, through alliances, marriages, and two World Wars, up to the current reign, this richly illustrated book gives readers a glimpse into the public and personal dealings of these two fascinating dynasties. With new research on previously unpublished works, including Imperial porcelain, arms, costume, insignia, and photographs, together with paintings by both Russian artists and British artists working in Russia, this will be the first time that the uniquely interlinked narrative of the art connecting the two royal families has been presented in such stunning, lavishly illustrated detail.

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Item Number: 148353
Title: COLIN HUNTER of the Holland Park Circle: His Life and Melbury Road Home
Author: Bell, Godfrey
Price: $37.95
ISBN: 9781911604549
Record created on 03/15/18
Description: London: Unicorn Press, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 160pp., 200 color plates.

Summary: Colin Hunter (1841­–1904) was a hugely successful Scottish artist who exhibited nearly one hundred works in the Royal Academy over thirty-five years. Especially well-known for his brooding seascapes, Hunter lived at 14 Melbury Road, Kensington, in the heart of the Holland Park Circle among a smart set of famous artists, including Lord Leighton, G. F. Watts, and Sir Luke Fildes, most of whom were both Hunter’s friends and neighbors. In the hundred or so years since Hunter’s death he has—undeservedly—faded into relative obscurity. With Colin Hunter and the Holland Park Set, Godfrey Bell has written the first biography of this fascinating man and his times. With two hundred illustrations of Hunter’s work and life, this book invites us all to rediscover this important artist.

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Item Number: 146886
Title: Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection
Author: Hyde, Melissa ; Mary D. Sheriff ; Alvin L. Clark, Jr
Price: $38.95
ISBN: 9780991262526
Record created on 10/02/17
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Description: Boston: The Horvitz Collection, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 208pp., 145 illus., most in color.

Summary: Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection is primarily an exhibition of drawings, but will include pastels, paintings and sculptures selected from one of the world’s best private collections of French drawings. The exhibition will feature more than 150 works by many of the most prominent artists of the eighteenth and early nineteenth-century, including Antoine Watteau, Nicolas Lancret, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, as well as lesser-known artists both male and female, such as Anne Vallayer-Coster, Gabrielle Capet, François-André Vincent, Philibert-Louis Debucourt. Ranging from spirited, improvisational sketches and figural studies, to highly finished drawings of exquisite beauty, the works included in the exhibition vary in terms of style, genre and period.

Becoming a Woman will be organized into thematic sections that address some of the most important and defining questions of women’s lives in the eighteenth century. These include: how the stages of a woman's life were measured; what cultural attitudes and conditions in France shaped how women were defined; what significant relations women formed with men; what social and familial rituals gave order to their lives; what pleasures they pursued; and what work they accomplished. The aim is to bring new insights to the questions of what it meant to be a woman in this period, by offering the first exhibition to focus specifically on representations of women of a broad range of ages and conditions.

The exhibition will offer fresh perspectives on a subject that still has direct relevance to our times, but that has not been the focus of a significant exhibition for decades. Through its conceptual framework, thematic organization and its emphasis on historical context, the exhibition will provide viewers opportunities to consider what issues pertaining to women’s lives seem to have changed or persisted through time and across space. Although the circumstances and the specifics have changed, many issues remain with us today and can still provoke contentious debates. Pay equity, reproductive rights, gender-discrimination, violence against women, work-family balance, the ‘plight’ of the alpha-female, and the devaluation of the stay-at-home mom, are but a few of the women’s issues that are still hotly contested in the media, in cultural production of all kinds, in politics, and in public and private life.

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Item Number: 148530
Title: JASPER JOHNS Catalogue Raisonné of Drawings
Author: Menil Collection
Price: $1,500.00
ISBN: 9780300229349
Record created on 03/28/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Menil Collection, 2018. 5 vols. 31cm., hardcover, slipcase, 1888pp., 870 color illus.

Summary: Six decades of both iconic and intimate works by Jasper Johns (b. 1930), who is still producing at the age of 88, are given their full due in this magnificent multi-volume publication. Featuring exquisite full-page illustrations of all 813 known drawings by Johns, more than 200 of which have not been published or exhibited, the volumes demonstrate how Johns has been instrumental in elevating and establishing drawing as a major medium in contemporary art, and his drawings chart his artistic interests and aesthetic evolution. Five volumes are dedicated to the drawings, documenting materials and listing exhibition and publication histories, and the large-scale reproductions feature special production details. These include the use of special inks, such as a combination with silver for graphite works and custom mixes to represent particular colors, ensuring that the reproductions are as faithful as possible with state-of-the-art printing technology. The sixth volume includes an exhibition chronology and bibliography focused on drawings, as well as indexes to the set. This landmark publication is a must-have for contemporary art collectors, drawings connoisseurs, art reference libraries, and university art departments.

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Item Number: 149461
Title: Figuring Racism in Medieval Christianity
Author: Kaplan, Lindsay
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 9780190678241
Record created on 08/27/18
Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 304pp.

Summary: In Figuring Racism in Medieval Christianity, M. Lindsay Kaplan expands the study of the history of racism through an analysis of the Christian concept of Jewish hereditary inferiority. Imagined as a figural slavery, this idea anticipates modern racial ideologies in creating a status of permanent, inherent subordination. Unlike other studies of early forms of racism, this book places theological discourses at the center of its analysis. It traces an intellectual history of the Christian doctrine of servitus Judaeorum, or Jewish enslavement, imposed as punishment for the crucifixion. This concept of hereditary inferiority, formulated in patristic and medieval exegesis through the figures of Cain, Ham, and Hagar, enters into canon law to enforce the spiritual, social, and economic subordination of Jews to Christians. Characterized as perpetual servitude, this status shapes the construction of Jews not only in canon law, but in medicine, natural philosophy, and visual art. By focusing on inferiority as a category of analysis, Kaplan sharpens our understanding of contemporary racism as well as its historical development. The damaging power of racism lies in the ascription of inferiority to a set of traits and not in bodily or cultural difference alone; in the medieval context, theological authority affirms discriminatory hierarchies as a reflection of divine will. Medieval theological discourses created a racial rationale of Jewish hereditary inferiority that also served to justify the servile status of Muslims and Africans. Kaplan's discussion of this history uncovers the ways in which racism circulated in pre-modernity and continues to do so in contemporary white supremacist discourses that similarly seek to subordinate these groups.

Contents: Servitus Judaeorum - Biblical Figures, Canon Law and the Construction of Hereditary Inferiority ; The Mark of Cain and Embodying Inferiority ; Making Darkness Visible - The Colors of Subjection in Medieval English Psalter Illuminations ; Jewish Ham - Developing a Discourse of Hereditary Inferiority ; Cain, Ham and Ishmael - The African Travels of Perpetual Servitude.

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Item Number: 148918
Title: Textual Spaces: French Renaissance Writings on the Italian Voyage
Author: Keatley, Richard E
Price: $99.95
ISBN: 9780271081298
Record created on 05/15/18
Description: University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 248pp., 11 b&w illus.

Summary: n Textual Spaces, Richard E. Keatley examines how French travelers experienced, consumed, and represented Italian space during the early modern period. This study digs beneath the façade of leisurely travel literature to unearth a complex web of rhetorical, sociological, and political values that conditioned and informed the experiences of French travelers in Italy. Utilizing period maps and geographical sources, Keatley combines rigorous philological mapping of travelers’ itineraries with creative analyses of the tensions that undergird the rewriting of space. He examines a vast corpus of texts that includes Montaigne's Journal de voyage, Du Bellay’s Regrets, and Jacques de Villamont’s Voyages, as well as lesser-known and anonymous travel accounts of the French experience in Italy. In his readings, Keatley traces how the creation of these “textual spaces” allowed travelers to transform territories lost to France through warfare into spaces of desire, forming what Pierre Bourdieu calls symbolic capital, which was used in an ongoing commerce within the French political landscape. By highlighting the political and militaristic origins of leisure excursions, Textual Spaces contributes to our understanding of travel’s dual nature and invites the modern reader to examine the exploitative origins of tourism. Linking the fields of literary and cultural studies, history and art history, and spatial and landscape theory, it provides an engaging vision into the early history of travel that will interest historians, literary scholars, and anyone keen to understand why we venture abroad.

Contents: 1. Montaigne Inside and Out. 2. Textuality, Sexuality, and Political Geography: André de la Vigne and the French Conquest of Naples. 3. Space, Travel, and Work. 4. The Topographical Narrative. 5. Spaces and Places of the Voyage d'Italie. 6. Mapping Montaigne's Rome. (Early Modern Studies Series)

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Item Number: 149607
Title: Metropolitan Dreams: The Scandalous Rise and Stunning Fall of a Minneapolis Masterpiece
Author: Millett, Larry
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 9781517904166
Record created on 10/10/18
Description: Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 248pp., 140 b&w illus.

Summary: When it opened in 1890, the twelve-story Northwestern Guaranty Loan Building was the tallest, largest, and most splendid commercial structure in Minneapolis—a mighty stone skyscraper built for the ages. How this grand Richardsonian Romanesque edifice, which later came to be called the Metropolitan Building, rose with the growth of Minneapolis only to fall in the throes of the city’s postwar renewal, is revealed in Metropolitan Dreams in all its scandalous intrigue. It is a tale of urban growing pains and architectural ghosts and of colorful, sometimes criminal characters amid the grandeur and squalor of building and rebuilding a city’s skyline. Against the thrumming backdrop of turn-of-the-century Minneapolis, architectural critic and historian Larry Millett recreates the impressive rise of the massive office building, its walls of green New Hampshire granite and red Lake Superior sandstone surrounding its true architectural wonder, a dazzling twelve-story iron and glass light court. The drama, however, was far from confined to the building itself. A consummate storyteller, Millett summons the frenetic atmosphere in Gilded Age Minneapolis that encouraged the likes of Northwestern Guaranty’s founder, real estate speculator Louis Menage, whose shady deals financed this Minneapolis masterpiece—and then forced him to flee both prosecution and the country a mere three years later. Dubious as its financial beginnings might have been, the economic circumstances of the Metropolitan’s demise were at least as questionable. Anchoring Minneapolis’s historic Gateway District in its heyday, the building’s fortunes shifted with the city’s demographics and finally it fell victim to the fervor of one of the largest downtown urban renewal projects ever undertaken in the United States. Though the long and furious battle to save the Metropolitan ultimately failed in 1962, its ghost persists in the passion for historic preservation stirred by its demise—and in Metropolitan Dreams, whose photographs, architectural drawings, and absorbing narrative bring the building and its story to vibrant, enduring life.

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Item Number: 146360
Title: Writing Southern Italy Before the Renaissance
Author: Musto, Ronald G
Price: $149.95
ISBN: 9781138702516
Record created on 08/01/17
Description: London: Routledge, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 302pp., 21 b&w illus

Summary: This volume traces the work of trecento historians of the Mezzogiorno, analyzing it through current methodological and theoretical frameworks. Questioning the current consensus, the book examines how the South as a cultural "other" began evolving over the fourteenth century, and reconsiders the nineteenth-century "Southern Question" concerning the Mezzogiorno’s history, culture and people and its lingering negative image in Europe and America. It also focuses on specific histories, authors and historiographical issues, and reviews how new understandings of the Mediterranean have begun to alter our perceptions of the South in a new global context and as the basis for new historical research.

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Historians: Their Lives and Works 3. Sources 4. Narrative Communities and Strategies 5. The Impact of Romance 6. Visual Evidence 7. Case Studies 8. Constructing Grand Narratives: The Black Legend of the Angevins 9. Medieval to Renaissance: The Historiographical Question 10. Conclusions. (Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge)

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Item Number: 149742
Title: La Cartografía de la Colección Mascort. Escenas de la Historia
Author: Padrosa Gorgot, Ines
Price: $91.00    Original Price: $130.00
ISBN: 9788409030422
Record created on 12/07/18
Description: Torroella de Montgri - Girona: Fundacio Mascort, 2018. 25 x 30cm., hardcover, 480pp. with numerous color plates.

Contents: Spanish text, with English translation of chapters 1-2: Ramon Mascort - The Spirit of the Collector ; The Cartographers, Science, Art and Power - Italian cartography - The spanish monarchy, the iberian peninsula and cartography - Cartographic representations of catalonia - Cartography in the Netherlands - The french school - The German school - The English representatives - Women Engravers, Illuminators and Editors - The intervention of women in the cartographic description of the Mascort Collection.

Summary: The catalogue lists more than 160 free-standing maps spanning the period from the 16th to the 19th century -more than 50 of them are maps of Catalonia- made in the leading schools of cartography in Europe, outstanding among them the French school. The maps are complemented with a series of Monographs related with the world of cartography. We have placed special emphasis on establishing the link between the free-standing maps and the work of which they had been part. The degree of involvement of the different people who took part in the work has been detailed: cartographers, geographers, draftsmen, engravers, editors and printers, among others. We have tried to include a portrait of the author, to establish cartographic influences and, if necessary, to place the moment they belong to in a historical context. Moreover, wherever possible, we have included the cover of the book and tried to explain the iconographic significance of the elements that appear on the chalcographic engravings of the frontispiece. We have also tried to explain the significance of the cartouches and the iconographic elements that are part of them, whether architectural, mythological, historical, heraldic or simply artistic. With that vision, which is complementary to cartography proper, the reader will perceive a wealth of multidisciplinary contents that will provide him with a way of looking other than the merely historical-geographical. This investigation has entailed searching a score of libraries in Spain, all over Europe and even in the United States to be able to include material preserved in the institutions consulted. (Obras publicadas de la Fundacio Mascort, 14)

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Item Number: 149636
Title: The astrological faith of Agostino Chigi - an interpretation of BALDASSARRE PERUZZI’s paintings in the Sala di Galatea of the Farnesina
Author: Saxl, Fritz
Price: $27.95    Original Price: $39.95
ISBN: 9788894810219
Record created on 10/18/18
Description: Roma: Bardi, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 71pp., 2 color, 34 b&w illus. English translation of 1934 edition.

Summary: This fascinating work by Fritz Saxl analyses the horoscope frescoed in 1511 by Baldassarre Peruzzi on the Sala di Galatea vault of the Villa Farnesina, giving an interpretation of the events predicted to Agostino Chigi.

Contents: Part 1 by Fritz Saxl - The celestial buildings before the Farnesina - The astronomical interpretation of the vault's single paintings - What did the astrologists predict to Chigi? - Classical antiquity in the frescoes of the Farnesina - Astrology and Christianity in the Renaissance faith. Part 2 by Arthur Beer - The astronomical meaning and the date of the paintings of the Sala di Galatea vault. (Reale Accademia d'Italia, collezione "La Farnesina", 1)

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Item Number: 148489
Title: Martin Lister and His Remarkable Daughters: The Art of Science in the Seventeenth Century
Author: Roos, Anna Maria
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 9781851244898
Record created on 03/22/18
Description: Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 224pp., 46 color, 33 b&w illus.

Summary: A royal physician and fellow of the Royal Society, Martin Lister was an extraordinarily prolific natural historian with an expertise in shells and mollusks. Disappointed with the work of established artists, Lister decided to teach his daughters, Susanna and Anna, how to illustrate images of the specimens he studied. The sisters became so skilled that Lister entrusted them with his great work, Historiæ Conchyliorum, assembled between 1685 and 1692. This first comprehensive study of conchology consisted of more than one thousand copperplates of shells and mollusks collected from around the world. Martin Lister and his Remarkable Daughters reconstructs the creation of this masterwork, presenting original drawings, engraved copperplates, draft prints, and photographs of the finished books. Susanna and Anna portrayed the shells of this collection not only as curious and beautiful objects, but also as specimens of natural history, rendering them with sensitivity and keen scientific empiricism. Beautiful in their own right, their illustrations and engravings reveal the early techniques behind scientific illustration and offer fascinating insight into the often hidden role of women in the scientific revolution.

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Item Number: 149522
Title: Witness: Themes of Social Justice in Contemporary Printmaking and Photography: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Author: Schnitzer, Jordan (et al)
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9780692162989
Record created on 09/11/18
Description: Portland: Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 160pp., 107 color illus.

Summary: When justice is at stake, artists historically have spearheaded challenging conversations. The work in this book bears witness to stories and identities that challenge dominant paradigms. Often using popular culture as a starting point, these prints and photographs tell important stories and uncover significant histories that impact understanding across cultures. Among the 50 artists represented here are Carlos Amorales, Loretta Bennett, Mark Bradford, Enrique Chagoya, Caitlin Cherry, Willie Cole, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Cameron Decker, Ellen Gallagher, Sabina Haque, Jacob Hashimoto, Dinh Q. Le, Glenn Ligon, Hung Liu, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Lillian Pitt, Martin Puryear, Wendy Red Star, Alison Saar, Shahzia Sikander, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Marie K. Watt and Fred Wilson.

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Item Number: 148932
Title: WHISTLER and nature
Author: de Montfort, Patricia ; Clare Willsdon
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 9781911300496
Record created on 05/16/18
Description: London: Holberton, 2018. 26cm., pbk., 120pp., 60 color illus. Exhibition held at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park.

Summary: The Anglo-American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903) is a household name - a man who inspired and astonished the Victorian world. Less well known, though, is the influence of nature on Whistler's work. This innovative and compelling study reconsiders Whistler's work from the context of his military service and his relationship with 'nature at the margins', showing how Whistler's observation of nature and its moods underpinned his haunting visions of nineteenth-century life. This innovative and compelling study reconsiders Whistler's work from the context of his military service and his relationship with 'nature at the margins'. Whistler came from a family of soldiers and engineers; his father, Major George Washington Whistler, was originally a US military engineer. Drawing and mapmaking were important components of the military training that Whistler acquired as an officer cadet at West Point Academy in 1851-4 and subsequently in the Drawing Department at the US Coast and Geodetic Survey, where he attempted to realise his father's hopes that he would make engineering or architecture his profession. These influences in turn shaped Whistler's attitude towards nature, as expressed in works ranging from his celebrated London 'Nocturnes' to his French coastal scenes - all of which were created after Whistler moved permanently to Europe in 1855.

Whistler's close observation of nature and its moods underpinned his powerful and haunting visions of nineteenth-century life. His images explore the contrasts between the natural and man-made worlds: rivers and wharves, gardens and courtyards, the ideal and the naturalistic. And his singular vison was always defined by his enduring affinity with the makers of railways, bridges and ships, the cornerstones of Victorian wealth and trade. Influenced by Rembrandt, Whistler's early etchings of London are notable for their focus on line and topographical accuracy. From the 1860s, his enthusiasm for Japanese art, too, influenced his attitude to perspective and spatial relations between objects. This led him, in his London Nocturnes, to reduce the external world before him to its bare bones. Whistler's smoky images of warehouses, bridges, harbours and tall ships were designed to showcase a new kind of productive, wealth-generating landscape. It is a view of nature constrained by man-made structures: the shadowy outline of the warehouses and chimneys on the far shore; the mast and rigging of a Thames barge in the middle distance. This absorbing book reassesses a familiar and notoriously colourful artistic figure in a fascinating and pertinent new light, and is an important new contribution to our understanding of the Victorian art world and its physical context.

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