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Decorative Textiles from Arab & Islamic Cultures: Selected Works from the Al Lulwa Collection

The exceptional collection of Islamic textiles published here ranges widely in region, material and technique. There are exquisite textiles and garments from North Africa, Syria, Arabia, Iran, Turkey and the Indian subcontinent are linked by a shared vocabulary of ornament – evidence of the international nature of Islamic design. The strengths of the collection are concentrated in the textile production of the 19th and early 20th centuries, which continue the traditions established in the medieval Islamic world. More

Display and Displacement: Sculpture and the Pedestal from Renaissance to Post Modern (1550-2000) OUT-OF-STOCK

The relationship between sculpture and pedestal is at the intersection of a number of art-historical disciplines, ranging from the history of design, architecture and urbanism to museum studies, yet because of its supporting role it has remained a largely neglected and unstudied field. This book will show how rich a seam it is for investigation. More

Division and Revision: Manet's Reichshoffen Revisited

Manet's well-known painting in the National Gallery London of a café-concert – a kind of cabaret performance and musicmaking that was the latest fashion in Paris of the 1870s – has a peculiar history. The painter initially planned an ambitious canvas with which he grew dissatisfied, then cut it in two, one half being the painting in the National Gallery and the other half now in Winterthur in Switzerland. More

Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini: Sculptors’ Drawings from Renaissance Italy

This publication, which accompanies an important exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, looks broadly at the practice of drawing by Renaissance sculptors, including such luminaries as Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, Cellini, Bandinelli and Giambologna. The book surveys two centuries of material, considering rough sketches and more finished sheets, isolated studies and sequences of ideas. More

East Asian Books

This catalogue offers a fascinating selection of books from China, Japan, Tibet, Nepal, Burma, Thailand and Java from the 11th to the 18th century, most of them with illustrations. Each is fully discussed and richly illustrated. More

Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping (1733–1799)

Known today as the youngest of the remarkable "Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou", Luo Ping was one of the most versatile, original, and celebrated artists in eighteenth-century China. This accompanies an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, of works drawn primarily from leading museums in China, and will include rarely seen masterpieces as well as overlooked or unpublished works to provide a broad spectrum of Luo’s multiple talents and extraordinary pictorial prowess. More

Eccentrics in Netsuke

There is an excitement to eccentric netsuke, and a dimension of an artistic personality and vision which raises these creations from the level of craft to art. The simple fact is that individual, experimental netsuke are much more difficult to understand than identifiable hack work – even great hack work – and are therefore much more gratifying when one does understand them. More

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

An exploration of the most vital and original subjects of one of the most important artists of the early 20th century – Egon Schiele’s extraordinary drawings and watercolours of male and female nudes. These are some of the most radical depictions of the human figure created in modern times More

Emperor Scholar Artisan Monk: The Creative Personality in Chinese Works of Art

The second in the series of catalogues and exhibitions on the endlessly diverse subject of artworks which reflect the culture of the Chinese scholar class and some of the individuals who comprised it. Amongst the works presented here are a group of signed and superb rhinoceros horn carvings; imposing stone desk objects, including unusual and fine examples by metalworker Hu Wen-ming; an interesting group of Chin Hsi-yai bamboo carvings from the carver's own collection; and a group of imperially-related objects centering around the K'and-hsi Emperor's Tour of the South handscroll. More

Endeavouring Banks: Exploring the Collections from the Endeavour Voyage 1768–1771

When English naturalist Joseph Banks accompanied Captain James Cook on his historic mission into the Pacific, he took with him a team of collectors and illustrators. They returned with unprecedented collections of artefacts and specimens of stunning birds, fish and other animals as well as thousands of plants, most seen for the first time in Europe. They produced, too, remarkable landscape and figure drawings along with detailed journals, descriptions and maps of the places visited. This collection – along with contemporary portraits of key personalities aboard the ship, scale models and plans of the ship itself, scientific instruments taken on the voyage, commemorative medals and sketches – will tell the story of the Endeavour voyage and its impact ahead of the 250th anniversary in 2018 of the launch of this seminal mission. More

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