A Closer Look at the Old masters
A visual delight, and a designer's dream-the decorative details of great European paintings transformed into beautiful two-dimensional patterns
Richly embroidered robes. Intricate lace collars. Elaborately laid floor tiles. Delicately carved and modeled cornices and capitals. These are among the details of decorative art that the Old Masters lovingly rendered in their paintings, to establish a setting, convey a portrait subject's social status, or sometimes just enliven a scene. Together these details-so easy to overlook in the imposing harmony of draftsmanship, color, and composition that makes up a great painting-form a veritable history of ornament.
This inventive book plucks these decorative motifs from the background of paintings by masters like Rubens, Memling, and Filippo Lippi, and transforms them into vibrant two-dimensional patterns. Seeing these patterns side-by-side with the original paintings deepens our appreciation of both. Pattern in Painting will be a resource for graphic designers, and a revelation for all art lovers.
Style, Glamour, and the Avant-Garde
Experience the glamor and excitement of the Jazz Age, through the lives of the women who defined it
It was a time of unimagined new freedoms. From the cafés of Paris to Hollywood's silver screen, women were exploring new modes of expression and new lifestyles. In countless aspects of life, they dared to challenge accepted notions of a “fairer sex,” and opened new doors for the generations to come. What’s more, they did it with joy, humor, and unapologetic charm.
Exploring the lives of seventeen artists, writers, designers, dancers, adventurers, and athletes, this splendidly illustrated book brings together dozens of photographs with an engaging text. In these pages, readers will meet such iconoclastic women as the lively satirist Dorothy Parker, the avant-garde muse and artist Kiki de Montparnasse, and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, whose stories continue to offer inspiration for our time. Women of the 1920s is a daring and stylish addition to any bookshelf of women's history.
By Jens Priewe
A masterful new edition of the classic guide to the wines of the world—and how they are made
Wine from Grape to Glass is the essential guidebook for wine lovers who want to understand how their favorite wines are grown, how they are produced, and how best to savor them. The first half of the book is devoted to the process of winemaking and wine appreciation. The mysteries of the vineyard and terroir, the grape harvest, fermentation, and aging are all explained in full, as are the intricacies of serving, tasting, and storing wine. The second half of the book examines the best wines of the world, country by country, in a level of detail that is satisfying without being overwhelming. More than one thousand color illustrations, including numerous maps, make this a visual as well as a textual guide.
This fourth edition of Wine from Grape to Glass is revised and updated throughout. It includes new sections on recent trends in winemaking—including rosés and natural wines—and expanded coverage of many winemaking regions, including Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South America, China, and Japan.
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
A beautiful facsimile edition of the last masterpiece of ukiyo-e
Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) was the last virtuoso of the Japanese woodblock print, and the One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, published between 1885 and 1892, were his crowning achievement. This series—mainly illustrating stories from history and legend, unified by the motif of the moon—is charged with paradox. In order to carry forward the tradition of ukiyo-e, Yoshitoshi drew stylistic inspiration from the very forces that were rendering it obsolete—namely, Western art and mass media like photography and lithography. As if they realized they were witnessing the end of an era, the artist's public responded enthusiastically to his innovative series—many of the individual prints were sold out on the morning of their publication.
This magnificent facsimile of One Hundred Aspects of the Moon reproduces each print at its original size, facing an explanation of the subject. A thorough introductory text, augmented with many comparative illustrations, traces Yoshitoshi's career and the genesis of this series. Printed and bound to the most exacting specifications, this volume will be a must for aficionados of Japanese prints.
Meet the renegades of Victorian art in this gorgeously illustrated exploration of their work and influence
In the revolutionary year of 1848, a group of young British artists set out to return a lost vibrancy to European art. Calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, they mounted an artistic front against what they saw as the confining standards of the Victorian art world, and the dehumanizing aspects of the industrial age. Among their ranks were Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and William Hunt, who found followers in Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Their works drew from Shakespeare, Keats, and Tennyson. They also depicted religious and contemporary themes in striking realism, bringing viewers into intimate contact with the subjects and causing scandal in their time.
By Gavin Blair
A visual journey through Zen’s influence on Japanese life, from calligraphy to the martial arts
Formed by a convergence of the Buddha’s teachings with Taoism and local tradition, Zen has had a profound impact on the art and culture of Japan. As a philosophy, Zen promotes a recognition of emptiness and impermanence. As an aesthetic, it is marked by striking simplicity and a reverence for space. It operates on the principle of wabi-sabi, the harmony found in all things transient and imperfect. Countless Japanese artists, artisans, and designers have engaged with the Zen tradition, their work the fruit of its wisdom.
Author Gavin Blair has spent nearly two decades as a writer and journalist in Japan. In these pages, he shows how Zen has found expression in all aspects of Japanese culture, be it the tea ceremony, origami, or bonsai. Gorgeous full-color photographs highlight the simple beauty of the Zen aesthetic, from the hanging noren curtains that adorn entrances and doorways, to the intricate craftwork of a wagasaumbrella. Together these images speak to the quiet power of Zen.
Above all, Zen is an invitation to contemplate the mind, to cultivate harmony with nature and ease through understanding. This book is for any reader who is curious about Japanese culture and the Zen tradition.
Memories from an Unknown Greek Island
The story, in photographs, of the last caretaker of the ancient monastery on the remote, windswept Strofades islands—an architectural and historical treasure now in danger of destruction
The Strofades: two small, flat, windswept islands rising out of the Ionian Sea, known to the ancient Greeks as the home of the terrible Harpies, and to most modern Greeks simply unknown. On the larger of the two islets, Stamfani, stands a massive fortified monastery, founded as early as the thirteenth century, for centuries a refuge for honest seafarers and a target for pirates and Turkish raiders. In its heyday, this imposing compound was home to some forty farmer-monks, who kept the entire island under cultivation; by 1976, it was home to just one, Father Gregory Kladis (1937–2017), who alone tended the monastery until 2014. Today the monastery―badly damaged by an earthquake in 1997―lies empty and in danger of ruin.
This book is intended to tell the world about the Holy Monastery at Strofades, and encourage its preservation. At its core are the words of the last monk himself, Father Gregory, who guides the reader through his historic monastery―its chapels, refectory, mills, bakehouse, and living quarters―and the natural beauties of its island setting, as depicted in Robert McCabe’s superb photographs. The testimonies of the boatman who brought Father Gregory his supplies, as well as the lighthouse keeper who was once his only companion on the island, lend texture and context―as do essays on the history, geology, and architecture of the Strofades, and architectural drawings that reconstruct the monastery’s phases of construction.
Nobody who peruses this volume―the result of a yearslong collaboration between more than a dozen researchers and friends of the Strofades―will be able to forget the islands’ last monk, or be unmoved by the plight of his monastery.
The Definitive Edition
The life of America’s most beloved artist, in his own words—back in print with restored text and drawings, new illustrations, and more
The wit, humanity, and many-sided talent of Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) are on full display in his classic autobiography. Rockwell’s New York City boyhood, his apprentice days at the Art Students League, his first fateful visit to the Saturday Evening Post, his adventures abroad, his move to rural Vermont—all are recounted with a mix of sharp observation and self-deprecating humor. Throughout Rockwell invites the reader into his artistic process: he introduces his favorite models, candidly reveals his biggest flops, and documents the creation of a Post cover step by step.
This Definitive Edition restores the original 1960 text of My Adventures as an Illustrator, as well as the playful vignettes that Rockwell drew to head each chapter. Thanks to a massive image digitization effort undertaken by the Norman Rockwell Museum, it is also illustrated with more than 150 of Rockwell’s paintings and drawings, many of which highlight lesser-known aspects of his work. A new introduction by the artist’s granddaughter Abigail Rockwell adds reference value, as do an illustrated chronology and an annotated bibliography prepared by the staff of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
This attractive volume will be the essential source on the life of Norman Rockwell, and delightful reading for anyone who enjoys his art. Plus, its publication coincides with a major new exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum concerning the autobiographical elements in the artist’s work (Norman Rockwell: Private Moments for the Masses, June 8 through October 27, 2019).
A Dad’s Guide to The Toddler Years, 12-36 Months
The essential guide for fathers of one- and two-year-olds, completely revised and updated
Learn how to make a positive impact in these milestone years of your child's development, when he or she goes from crawling to walking, and from knowing just a few words to speaking in complete sentences. Armin Brott guides you through this crucial phase of fatherhood three months at a time, in the third volume of the New Father series trusted by millions of dads nationwide. Each chapter covers:
- Your child’s physical, intellectual, verbal, and emotional/social development
- What you’re experiencing as a father
- Age-appropriate activities you and your child can enjoy together
- Family matters, including your relationship with your partner, sibling relationships, and more
This new edition of The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the Toddler Years has been thoroughly updated to cover the issues dads face today, from balancing work and family to managing kids’ screen time. Dads will rely on this friendly yet authoritative book—and moms will find it helpful, too.
Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.
A story to shake the conscience of the world: the catalogue of the first-ever traveling exhibition on the Auschwitz concentration camp
The exhibition Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. uses 600 original objects, 400 images, and 100 stories to provide a comprehensive history of the Auschwitz concentration camp and the role it played in the Holocaust. The objects range from the intimate (such as shoes and eyeglasses confiscated from victims) to the immense (an actual barrack from the Auschwitz III–Monowitz satellite camp); all are eloquent in their testimony. Many are on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and have never traveled before. Other objects and images are drawn from collections around the world, public and private, including Yad Vashem and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The catalog of Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. is not only a valuable document of this unprecedented exhibition, but one of the best books for general readers on the history of Auschwitz, where 1.1 million people—mostly Jews, but also non-Jewish Poles, Roma, and others—lost their lives.
A Photographic Journey
The seventies in America were a time of social and cultural ferment, and Ira Resnick was there with his camera to capture it all. Now he is opening his archives to reveal hundreds of rare celebrity photos—many never seen since their original publication in magazines like Rolling Stone, People, and Us.
Musicians like the Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, and James Taylor.
Actors and directors like Sissy Spacek, Warren Beatty, and Martin Scorsese.
Comedians like Steve Martin, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray.
Athletes like Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Politicians like Jimmy Carter, Jerry Brown, and Bella Abzug.
Resnick’s dynamic shots are accompanied by personal anecdotes about his legendary subjects.
What were the world’s greatest players like when they were your age?
Learn how the top soccer stars of all time grew up and conquered the sport. This exciting book follows twenty-eight of the best men’s and women’s players from their first childhood encounter with association football—whether at the school gym or a pickup game in a vacant lot—to their first appearance in a top-division match or their first international cap. For every one of them, it was a journey with its share of both tragedy and triumph.
Did you know that . . .
. . . as a boy, Pelé practiced with a newspaper-stuffed sock or a grapefruit, because he couldn’t afford a proper football?
. . . Mia Hamm discovered the sport of soccer as a toddler in Florence, Italy, where her father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, was stationed?
. . . at age ten, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency that threatened to end his soccer career—until Barça offered to pay for his treatment?
Illustrated with rare photos of stars-to-be on and off the field, Before They Were Stars is sure to entertain and inspire any budding soccer legend.
Learn all about the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France!
The eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup begins on June 7, 2019—and it promises to be the most exciting one yet.
This book will tell you all you need to know about the
twenty-four national teams competing for the top spot, from established powerhouses like Team USA (the defending champions) and Germany (gold medalists at the 2016 Olympics) to newcomers like Chile.
It will give you the inside scoop on the top players in the tournament—like Megan Rapinoe of the USA and Marta of Brazil—and their strengths and weaknesses.
It will take you on a whirlwind tour of host country France and the World Cup venues—like the 59,000-seat Parc Olympique Lyonnais, where the semifinals and finals will be played.
And it will catch you up on the history of the Women’s World Cup, from the first eight-team showdown in China in 1991 to the clash of twenty-four seasoned squads in Canada in 2015.
Women’s World Cup 2019 even includes handy fill-in brackets so you can track the progress of your favorite teams in the tournament.
Image and Memory from World War II in the Pacific (2nd Edition)
The classic photo book about the battlegrounds of the Pacific Theater then and now—updated with new information about the preservation and accessibility of these historic sites
Pacific Legacy offers an unprecedented record of the relics of World War II that have survived on the islands of the Pacific: American landing craft rusting on the reefs where they were stopped by enemy fire; shell-pocked Japanese fortifications; fallen aircraft overgrown by jungle; packed-coral landing strips still as good as new. These evocative color images are paired with archival photographs that show the same tropical battlegrounds as they appeared in wartime.
The text covers the entire war in the Pacific, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to Japan’s surrender in Tokyo Bay. The principal battles are recounted hour-by-hour, drawing heavily on firsthand accounts. This vivid narrative helps the reader visualize what it was really like to be at war in the Pacific, doggedly island-hopping to victory.
Portrait of a Vanished Era
Experience the unspoiled beauty and traditional culture of this legendary Greek island, as it was in the late 1950s
There are hundreds of Greek islands. Why did Mykonos become, in just a few decades, one of the world’s top vacation spots? Part of the answer can be found in these remarkable images, which show the natural beauty and traditional island culture that initially attracted artists, writers, and celebrities like Jackie Kennedy.
These photographs, taken in 1955 and 1957—many for National Geographic—re-create a daylong visit to Mykonos in the days before cars, running water, and electricity. We disembark in the Old Harbor and wander the picturesque streets of Chora (the main town), watching the townspeople at their daily tasks. We visit St. Panteleimon Monastery on a festival day, and take a caïque (a traditional wooden boat) to see the ruins on the neighboring island of Delos.
Every photograph is reproduced as a full-page tritone of surpassing quality, and accompanied by a detailed caption. This book will fascinate modern-day visitors to Mykonos, as well as those who trace their roots to the Greek islands.