All books

Angels

By

A myriad of angels in a multitude of guises, as portrayed by artists ranging from Giotto, Fra Angelico, and Botticelli to Bernini, Rembrandt, Rossetti, and Keith Haring.

With nearly 300 radiant images, Angels surveys every aspect of artists' long-held fascination with this irresistible subject. Included are angels from the first millennium to contemporary times, represented in frescoes, oil paintings, mosaics, prints, stained glass, tapestries, manuscript illuminations, and sculpture.

Divided into seven chapters—Angel Portraits, Heavenly Messengers, Hosts of Angels, Cherubs, Patterns of Flight, Battles of Good and Evil (which includes the fallen angels), and Guardian Angels and Companions—this captivating little book offers a fresh look at an ancient and eternally popular subject.

Read more

Goddesses

By

Female deities of all types and temperaments, from around the world and throughout history.

Since time immemorial, artists have created impassioned images of the goddess as the ultimate generator and destroyer of life, as fertility figure, and as ruler of love and war. Encompassing a variety of media — sculpture, painting, photography, performance art, and film — Goddesses also provides an enlightening text exploring all her many guises.

Read more

Norman Rockwell

332 Magazine Covers

By

At the outset of his career, Norman Rockwell was not the most likely candidate for long-term celebrity; he was just one of many skillful illustrators working within the conventions of the day. But there was something tenacious about his vision, and something uncanny about his access to the wellsprings of public taste. Although technically he was an academic painter, he had the eye of a photographer and, as he became a mature artist, he used this eye to give us a picture of America that was familiar-astonishingly so-and at the same time unique.

It seems familiar because it was everyones dream of America; and it was unique because only Rockwell managed to bring it to life with such authority. This was, perhaps, an America that never existed, but it was an America the public wanted to exist. And Rockwell put it together from elements that were there for everyone to see.

Rockwell helped preserve American myths, but, more than that, he recreated them and made them palatable for new generations. His function was to reassure people, to remind them of old values in times of rapid change.

Read more

Treasures of 19th and 20th Century Painting

The Art Institute of Chicago

By

The Art Institute of Chicago houses some of the most celebrated European and American paintings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Included in this collection are numerous masterpieces of realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and other aspects of modernism. Today a number of these paintings are revered as icons of modern Western culture, emblems of the inspired experimentation that has taken place on both sides of the Atlantic.

For the last century, the Art Institute has supported the achievements of the most distinguished artists from Europe and America, acquiring and exhibiting now-beloved works of Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and others. This folio is presented as both an introduction to this collection and as a survey of the styles, subjects, and themes of Western art of the last two centuries, from the linear classicism of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres through the optical studies of Claude Monet and the Impressionists; from the lyrical, colorful abstractions of Vasily Kandinsky to the fractured picture planes of Pablo Picasso and the Cubists; from the enigmatic compositions of Salvador Dali and the Surrealists to the media-appropriated Pop-art portraits of Andy Warhol. These magnificent paintings eloquently narrate the discussions of the nature of art, quality, innovation, style, and form that have defined the modern era in art history.

Read more

The Light's Way

By

A beautifully illustrated tale of the power of light, which brings color and life not only into our visual world but also into the emotional realm of our hearts and minds.

The Light's Way is artist Judy Pelikan's wonderful companion to The Heart's Journey. In twelve original illustrations, Pelikan reveals the life-giving force of light by relating sunlight to color: without sunlight, our natural world is gray, consisting only of patterns, shapes, shadows, and at times, shadows.At the same time, The Light's Way shows how the nurturing inner light of the spirit has the power to make our lives colorful and blessed with happiness.

The Light's Way is an inspirational lesson that urges us, or someone we care about, to choose light and bring color, physically or emotionally, into the world.

Read more

Edgar Degas

By

A compact survey of Degas's art from early portraits to late nudes and bathers.

Edgar Degas (1834-1917), a founding member of the Impressionist movement, was one of the group's most original and independent artists. This Tiny FolioTM offers insight into the themes and preoccupations that make his paintings, sculptures, and brilliant pastels so well-loved today.

As sublime as it is thorough, this survey of Degas's life and art illustrates his famous and perceptive portraits, his enchanting pictures of Parisian life, his beloved and popular racehorse scenes, his late nudes and bathers, and his celebrated depictions of the opera and ballet.

Read more

Everglades National Park

By

This little book provides a compact view of an unsurpassed wetlands area visited by 1.1 million people each year.

Everglades National Park, one of America's great natural treasures, is a sanctuary for an incredible variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, orchids, and other living things. This handy little book presents the park's amazing diversity of wildlife and plants as well as views of its unique landscape. Illustrated with scenics and maps, the first section offers five suggested tours of the Everglades and of the adjacent Big Cypress National Preserve.

The rest of the book features vivid color photographs of scores of the area's remarkable species including water birds, panthers, alligators, manatees, tree snails, butterfly orchids, and gumbo limbo trees. The text provides a lively account of the park's natural history, an overview of its wildlife, and advice for exploring the area.

This compact guide is both helpful for planning trips and a wonderful memento of an incomparable place.

Read more

The Great Book of Currier and Ives' America

By

In the 1800's, long before the days of photojournalism and television, colorful up-to-date pictures of news events, portraits of important political and social figures, and scenic views of American natural wonders were circulating widely all through the country. From early in the exciting century that saw a small nation expand into a mighty world power, the famous lithographic firm of Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives produced over 7,000 lithographs picturing scenes of American life, portraits of American leaders, and dramatic re-creations of the events that make the news of the day.

Each Currier & Ives prints was individually colored by hand, and the skilled craftsmanship as well as keenness of observation make Currier & Ives prints among the most collectible of Americana. This book features the largest number of Currier & Ives prints ever reproduced in a single volume, as well as many that have never been published. It contains more than three hundred illustrations in full color.

Read more