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The Renaissance Nude

Edited by Thomas Kren with Jill Burke and Stephen J. Campbell

Looking at works by artists as diverse as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Donatello, and Raphael, this book is a gloriously illustrated examination of the origins and development of the nude as an artistic subject in Renaissance Europe. From the religious to the magical, and the poetic to the erotic, The Renaissance Nude examines in a profound way what it is to be human.

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Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms, Revised Edition

Michelle P. Brown
Revised by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale and Nancy K. Turner


What is a historiated initial? What are canon tables? What is a drollery? This updated and revised version of a standard reference in the field of manuscript studies is essential reading for students, teachers, and scholars.

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Miraculous Encounters: Pontormo from Drawing to Painting

Edited by Bruce Edelstein and Davide Gasparotto

Jacopo Carucci, known as Pontormo, was the leading painter in sixteenth-century Florence and one of the most original and extraordinary Mannerist artists. This stunning exhibition catalogue presents a fascinating and fresh look at Pontormo’s creative process, shedding new light on the remarkable artist.

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Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World

Edited by Elizabeth Morrison
With Larisa Grollemond


With over 270 color illustrations and contributions by twenty-five leading scholars, this gorgeous volume celebrates the visual contributions of the bestiary and explores its widespread influence on medieval art and culture as well as on modern and contemporary artists like Picasso and Damien Hirst.

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Manet and Modern Beauty: The Artist’s Last Years

Edited by Scott Allan, Emily A. Beeny, and Gloria Groom

This stunning examination of the last years of Manet’s life and career is the first book to explore the transformation of his style and subject matter in the 1870s and early 1880s. Fresh, intimate, and unapologetically pretty, the artist’s late works demonstrate his fierce embrace of beauty and pleasure in the face of death.

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Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri

Edited by Kenneth Lapatin

Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE and uncovered in 1750, the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum is one of the world’s earliest systematically investigated archaeological sites. Presenting the latest research, this publication reveals the story of the Villa dei Papiri’s ancient inhabitants and modern explorers to provide the first truly comprehensive look at all aspects of the site.

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Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques

Susanne Gänsicke and Yvonne J. Markowitz

The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. With a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewelry and its production, this accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms, styles, and techniques.

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Lives of the Artists series


The Lives of the Artists series offers illuminating, and sometimes intimate, accounts of major artists as viewed by their contemporaries. Each volume contains a contextualizing introduction from a modern scholar and beautiful full-page images. These books represent a diversity of opinions, perspectives, and voices that scholars, art aficionados, and even those brand new to the history of art will find informative, accessible, and unique.

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On Modern Beauty: Three Paintings by Manet, Gauguin, and Cézanne

Richard R. Brettell

As the discipline of art history has moved away from connoisseurship, the notion of beauty has become increasingly problematic, a term being both culturally and personally subjective and difficult to define. Examining beauty using three works of art by Manet, Gauguin, and Cézanne, this thought-provoking book dares to confront the concept of modern beauty head-on.

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