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Andrea Del Sarto

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Illustrated with 200 splendid reproductions, this monograph challenges the conventional wisdom about Andrea del Sarto, the most important painter working in Florence when Raphael and Michelangelo were active in Rome.

By returning to original sources, Natali succeeds in introducing a new Andre del Sarto (1486-1530), one whose brilliant and moving pictures leap off the pages with startling freshness. Since the 16th century, Andrea has been pictured as a "timid soul," a view first proposed in Vasari's Lives and perpetuated without revision by later writers. According to this view, the artist was so shy and irresolute that he squandered his gift, living in near obscurity and refusing prosperity and worldly honors.

Not so, says Natali, who argues instead that Andrea chose a simple but culturally vibrant life in a circle of like-minded friends—intellectuals and common folk who practiced material austerity and humility. How, asks Natali, can we label as timid an artist who painted a fresco cycle in Florence's most prestigious sacred institution when he was barely twenty years old? How irresolute was the man who accepted an open-ended invitation from French king Francis I to join his court in an era when few artists left Florence; who—amid rigid orthodoxy and accusations of heresy—filled his sacred paintings with bold theological content; who headed teams of renowned artists in learned artistic debates and in the execution of major commissions? With such provocative insights, this volume is certain to stimulate and delight art historians and non-scholars alike.

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Barkitecture

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From miniature chateaus to modernist boxes, from anthromorphic abodes to classical temples, this book showcases nearly fifty one-of-a-kind doggy domiciles from across America.

In Barkitecture, architecture and design writer Fred Albert has collected some of the most wonderful and fantastic doghouses ever created. Examples include doghouses with clock towers and thatch roofs, doghouses shaped like TV sets, and even some thant look like dogs.

The book begins with an introduction that includes an entertaining history of the doghouse, accompanied by photos and drawings of noteworthy historical examples. Four Chapters follow: "Putting on the Dog" highlights stylish period reproductions; "Modern Barkitecture" includes cutting-edge "Bowhouse" designs; "A Breed Apart" features houses inspired by everyday objects; and the final chapter, "Puppourri," showcases wacky, one-of-a-kind structures that defy categorization.

Each house is illustrated by one or two color images and is accompanied by a witty, tounge-in-jowl text that describes the structure's design and building materials, the creators' inspirations,and their dogs' reactions.

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The Red Sea Dive Guide

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Described as "an excellent investment for divers" in the press, Abbeville's exciting scuba diving travel books combine the best in underwater photography with the most complete, in-depth, and practical information on the world's most popular diving sites.

Three-dimensional maps in full color of each site illustrating 42 of the most spectacular dives in the Red Sea. These maps offer what no book has ever before provided: the information needed to plan your dive down to the last detail. You can review the exact layout of the site--including depths, sizes, and distances between reefs and wrecks or any hazards--and even the lighting conditions for optimum underwater photography. The short chapters covering each dive provide crucial data about depths, currents, weather variables, and plant and animal life, and each book ends with a full-color visual encyclopedia of the most common fish that inhabit the area.

The experts' lively text has been vetted by Diving Science and Technology Corp. (DSAT), which is a corporate affiliate of Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), making these the most reliable guides for the expert as well as the first-time diver.

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How Artists See Cities

Streets, Buildings, Shops, Transportation

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Abbeville Kids expands its award-winning series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world.

How Artists See is a breakthrough series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children about the world by looking at art and about art by looking at the world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art, all devoted to a subject that every child already knows from personal experience. Author Colleen Carroll's engaging, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions and imaginative activities that spark children's natural curiosity both about the subject of the artwork they are looking at and about the way it was created.

This direct, interactive approach to art — and to the world — promotes self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-expression. The books introduce basic artistic concepts, styles, and techniques, and are loads of fun. For children who want to know more about the artists whose works appear in each book, biographies are provided at the end, along with suggestions for further reading and an international list of museums where each artist's works can be seen.

As children begin to understand the multitude of ways that artists see, they will deepen their appreciation of art and artists, of the world around them, and of their own unique vision.

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How Artists See Play

Sports, Games, Toys, Imagination

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In How Artists See Play children can see how Jacob Lawrence chose bright colors and strong curving lines to convey the speed and energy of Olympic relay racers; how Maxfield Parrish used his imagination to paint a whimsical dragon; how Jean-Baptiste Chardin painted a boy blowing a soap bubble so realistically that it seems you could pop the bubble with your finger; and how Dick West depicted a community of Native Americans enjoying a winter field day.

How Artists See is a breakthrough series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children about the world by looking at art and about art by looking at the world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art, all devoted to a subject that every child already knows from personal experience. Author Colleen Carroll's engaging, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions and imaginative activities that spark children's natural curiosity both about the subject of the artwork they are looking at and about the way it was created. This direct, interactive approach to art — and to the world — promotes self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-expression.

The books introduce basic artistic concepts, styles, and techniques, and are loads of fun. For children who want to know more about the artists whose works appear in the book, biographies are provided at the end, along with suggestions for further reading and an international list of museums where each artist's works can be seen. As children begin to understand the multitude of ways that artists see, they will deepen their appreciation of art and artists, of the world around them, and of their own unique vision.

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Shaker: Life, Art, and Architecture

Hands to Work, Hearts to God

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In this pioneering study, historian Scott T. Swank reveals the links between the daily life of the Shakers in their planned religious communities and their art and architecture.

As the Director of Canterbury Shaker Village, the author has had unlimited access to the Village's archives, resources, and grounds, examining papers and artifacts, exploring the 25 remaining buildings, and experiencing the seasons. He has literally been able to walk in the footpaths of the Canterbury Shakers, whose community remained prominent for 200 years. It is one of the oldest, most typical, and most completely preserved of all the Shaker villages, the only community with an intact first-generation meetinghouse and first dwelling house on their original sites. The result of the author's painstaking research and close observation is this perceptive book, filled with discoveries, presenting the full sweep of Shaker art and architecture in the context of a specific Shaker community in Canterbury, New Hampshire.

Two centuries ago, the Shakers established America's most successful communal societies. They lived in isolated, rural villages, pursuing work and worship in communities where religion, social behavior, and environmental design were constructed as a harmonious whole. These utopian communities were regulated by "gospel order" which assured their members that their disciplined lives were in harmony with God's will. In these spiritual havens, they endeavored to accomplish their founder's twin mandates, "Hands to work, hearts to God."Shaker designs have endured long after the communities that created them have passed from the American scene. Shaker style, encompassing all elements of art and architecture, has been greatly esteemed for its craftsmanship, sense of proportion, simplicity, and practicality. The author's well researched text, detailed captions, and excerpts from diaries and letters bring life to the legacy of Shaker objects as well as to the architecture. He also provides a time line, a bibliography, and notes.

Accompanying the text are 250 illustrations including 150 in color principally by Bill Finney, who has been photographing Canterbury for over twenty years. There are also historical pictures and maps and newly created plans and diagrams.This insightful book should especially interest collectors, historians, interior designers, and architects, giving readers a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Shakers' artistic legacy.

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The Great Barrier Reef Dive Guide

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Described as "an excellent investment for divers" in the press, Abbeville's exciting scuba diving travel books combine the best in underwater photography with the most complete, in-depth, and practical information on the world's most popular diving sites.

Three-dimensional maps in full color of each site illustrating 27 of the most spectacular dives along Australia's Great Barrier Reef. These maps offer what no book has ever before provided: the information needed to plan your dive down to the last detail. You can review the exact layout of the site — including depths, sizes, and distances between reefs and wrecks or any hazards — and even the lighting conditions for optimum underwater photography. The short chapters covering each dive provide crucial data about depths, currents, weather variables, and plant and animal life, and each book ends with a full-color visual encyclopedia of the most common fish that inhabit the area.

The experts' lively text has been vetted by Diving Science and Technology Corp. (DSAT), which is a corporate affiliate of Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), making these the most reliable guides for the expert as well as the first-time diver.

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In the Paint

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Basketball superstar/artist Patrick Ewing has teamed up with an art educator to create an interactive book that will inspire young artists to express themselves through paint.

If you wanted to make a painting about how you like to swim, or of your friends, or about what you did last summer, would you feel comfortable doing it? In this groundbreaking book for young artists, basketball superstar Patrick Ewing and an experienced art educator team up to create an interactive book that encourages youngsters to express themselves through paint. Ewing has long been a role model for kids because of his enormous success as a hoopster, dominating the painted area of the court. As this book reveals, he is also an accomplished painter whose landscapes were reproduced on two Private IssueTM by DiscoverTM credit cards.

Unlike other books that explain exactly how to paint a person or an object, this book inspires children to be creative-to show experiences or feelings through the medium of paint. Ewing and Louis emphasize that in painting the process of thinking and discovering is more important than the actual depiction. The authors help children discover what they can do with paint by explaining how to mix primary colors, change the consistency of paint, use brushes for special effects, and much more. But the principal focus is to encourage kids to get ideas for their paintings from meaningful events in their own lives and ask themselves such questions as "How do I get to school?" or "What fierce or friendly animals do I know?"

Throughout the book, which is illustrated with paintings by children, Ewing offers words of encouragement, and he gives an account of his life "in the paint." There is also a wonderful guide for parents and teachers that provides advice on how to help kids become confident, self-sufficient painters, to foster their creativity, and excite them about the pleasures of painting.A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Giovanni Bellini

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A lavish volume on the life and masterworks of the artist whose name is synonymous with Venetian Renaissance painting.

In his seventies, Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430-1516) was described by the German master Albrecht Dürer as "very old, but still the best painter of all" and modern art historians agree that he was the most inventive of the Northern Italian painters. Giovanni, the youngest of the three Bellini artists, was the Doge's chief painter and the teacher of Titian, Giorgione, and dozens of others. He showed great imagination and versatility in producing numerous Madonna paintings for churches and private patrons, exquisitely calibrating his style for a variety of commissions from small devotional works to huge altarpieces. Beautifully observed landscapes and natural details often appear in his moving sacred scenes and in his sensitive and boldly simple portraits.

Giovanni Bellini's paintings-prized works in the collections of major museums throughout America and Europe-are presented here in stunning full-color photography to complement Anchise Tempestini's thorough and lucid text. An opening essay placing the painter in his historical and art-historical context is followed by twenty-five short essays on paintings of major importance, illustrated with enlarged details. The book closes with a catalogue raisonné of all Bellini's works, a bibliography, and indexes of works and their locations.Complete and authoritative, this elegant volume will become a standard reference for art historians and the general reader.

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Cinderella

A fairy tale by Perrault

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In this retelling of the classic story, Cinderella never complains as she does everything that her ungrateful stepmother and stepsisters tells her to do. Cinderella's good nature is rewarded when her fairy godmother transforms her rags into a ball gown so she can attend the Prince's ball. In her haste to get home after the magnificent party, she leaves behind a glass slipper...a clue that the Prince uses to find Cinderella and ask her to marry him.

This story has been adapted for children today while respecting the richness and flavor of the original version. The size of the book and its warm, inviting illustrations will appeal to young children, who will be captivated by the game page at the end.

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City Mouse and Country Mouse

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Two mice cousins, one from the city and the other from the country, visit each other, and each concludes that his own life is better. Without preaching, this tale helps children understand that one person's preference or way of life, though different, is not necessarily better or worse than their own.

This story has been adapted for children today while respecting the richness and flavor of the original version. The size of the book and its warm, inviting illustrations will appeal to young children, who will be captivated by the game page at the end.

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The Princess and the Pea

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When a bedraggled girl, caught outside in the rain, arrives at the palace and claims to be a princess, the Queen places a tiny pea under her mattress as a test. The girl cannot get a wink of sleep because she can feel the hard lump in her bed, proving that she is indeed a princess. She and the Prince marry and live happily ever after.

This story has been adapted for children today while respecting the richness and flavor of the original version. The size of the book and its warm, inviting illustrations will appeal to young children, who will be captivated by the game page at the end.

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Bulldozer

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Bulldozer tells the story of Piggy Pete, who accidentally runs over a mole home—but saves the day when he uses his bulldozer to build the moles an even better home.

Go Books are three-dimensional board books cut in the shapes of vehicles. Children will have fun playing with these toy-like books as well as listening to the rhyming story inside.

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Beyond Soap, Water, and Comb

A Man's Guide to Good Grooming and Fitness

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A lighthearted book revealing everything a man needs to know about grooming, stress relief, and mental and physical well-being.

Most men want to look good, but without a hassle. For the man who wants to look equally good in a business suit or in jeans and a T-shirt, and who wants to feel confident in all situations, Beyond Soap, Water, and Comb is the perfect guide. This comprehensive manual provides easy-to-follow tips for improving one's appearance and enjoying life. Whether a man worries about his hair—holding onto it, losing it, or styling it—or about how to keep his mind and body functioning smoothly, he'll find all the information he needs on these pages. He'll learn how best to shave with success, how to assemble and care for a classic wardrobe without spending a lot of time or money, and how to maintain healthy diet and exercise routines. He'll also learn to sleep better at home or on the road, to break bad habits, to manage time efficiently, to identify and avoid causes of stress, and to adopt international relaxation techniques like steaming Japanese baths or Swedish massages.

This hip, friendly, and appealing find is a pleasure to look at and to use. No man can afford to be without this lively manual of essential information.Included are essential tips on:

Grooming - Shaving and saving face- Maintaining and improving skin tone- Tanning salons and tanning lotions

Hair Care- Getting a good haircut- Balding basics- Hair removal basics

Exercise and Health- Picking a gym and a routine- Weight maintenance and diet- Avoiding sexually transmitted diseases

Clothing- Wardrobe basics - Shopping for clothes- Choosing the right clothes for every occasion- Tips for clothes care

Recharging Your Life- Tuning up your daily routine - Reducing stress- Sleeping better - Realistic time management

Social Encounters- Getting a (social) life - Basic etiquette- Sex and enhancing sexual energy

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Cimabue

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The first modern monograph on this master of the Middle Ages.

Definitive and richly illustrated, this volume is the first extensive examination of Cimabue's work to appear in English in more than thirty years. Cimabue (c. 1240-1302) was the most admired artist of his time in Tuscany and Central Italy. His paintings and mosaics are seen by some as the last great flowering of Medieval art, and by others as the first works of the Renaissance. His somber crucifixion scenes are complemented by his shining mosaic work in the Baptistery in Florence, and by his majestic panels of the Madonna seated on a gilded throne and attended by angels with great multicolored wings.

The earthquakes that shook Central Italy in late 1997 struck hardest at the legacy of Cimabue, crumbling his brilliantly-colored paintings in the vault of the Upper Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi. The tragic Florentine flood of 1966 had already destroyed much of the master's famous Santa Croce Crucifix. But in this book a combination of archival and newly commissioned photographs — including pictures of the Assisi vault shot just moments before its collapse — offer a complete panorama of the artist's works, before flood or earthquake damage, and before and after recent restorations.

Luciano Bellosi takes into consideration all recent scholarship and reports on the staggering changes that have forever altered the physical reality of Cimabue's creations. Two hundred and forty illustrations, most of them in color, cover the whole world of the artist, including work by his contemporaries. The superbly reproduced images, some on double gatefold pages, make this a glorious volume for art historians and art lovers alike.

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Reel Art

Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen

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A world-class selection of great movie posters and the stories of their creation.

The General, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Top Hat-if you love movies, you know they just don't make films like these anymore. Connoisseurs of movie posters also know they've quit making the masterpieces of graphic art that promoted such movies-Birth of a Nation, King Kong, G-Men, Gilda, and other classics (not to mention the memorable bombs) from the golden age of the silver screen.The Late Show and the VCR have resurrected many of the great films, and now Reel Art: Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen also brings to life the billboards, lobby cards, and posters that originally trumpeted The Jazz Singer, The Maltese Falcon, The Informer, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Philadelphia Story, and other gems made between 1910 and 1950.

Those four decades were an era in which wonderful films were promoted by great graphics created by the diverse likes of Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hart Benton, Norman Rockwell, Alberto Vargas, Howard Chandler Christy, James Montgomery Flagg, as well as a small army of "unknowns" whose acquaintance readers will make exclusively through this book. It was a time when big studios often lavished a fortune on poster campaigns-from the modest "one-sheets" posted on a neighborhood fence, to the gargantuan "forty-eight-sheets" that usurped entire sides of multistory buildings. Studios knew that the right image could seduce millions past the box office and into the theater.

Today, such graphics fetch five-figure prices from collectors seeking a Casablanca or a King Kong.To be sure, movie poster collections have been published before-but never before by a great art book publisher. Each of the 300 posters included in Reel Art has been reproduced to the uncompromising standards of all Abbeville's fine art books. And while meticulous production and design would be enough to set this deluxe volume apart from any competition, there is even more. The selection of posters is world-class, many never before published, and the definitive text, by screenwriter and film historian Stephen Rebello, tells the vastly entertaining story behind the posters and their creators. Posters and text are accompanied by rare historical photos documenting the nickelodeons, some of the nation's most memorable theater lobbies and marquees, great promotional stunts (including a cartload of chained and manacled bathing beauties drumming up an audience for 1923's Souls for Sale), and the early studios. Concise biographies of the poster artists conclude this magnificent volume.

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