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Dora Maar
Edited by Damarice Amao, Amanda Maddox, and Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska

Richly illustrated with her enigmatic photographs and lesser-known paintings, this exploration of Dora Maar’s career is the first to reveal her as an extraordinary and influential artist in her own right.

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Activity-Based Teaching in the Art Museum: Movement, Embodiment, Emotion
Elliott Kai-Kee, Lissa Latina, and Lilit Sadoyan

Written by a team of veteran museum educators, this groundbreaking book explores how and why to encourage physical and sensory engagement with works of art.

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True Grit: American Prints from 1900 to 1950
Stephanie Schrader, James Glisson, and Alexander Nemerov

This engaging work examines a rich selection of early twentieth-century American prints, which frequently focused on the crowded, chaotic, and “gritty” modern city.

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Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics
Edited by Louis Marchesano

Exploring the German printmaker’s most creative years, this collection examines Käthe Kollwitz’s sequences of images with a focus on the tension between making and meaning.

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Uruk: First City of the Ancient World
Edited by Nicola Crüsemann, Margarete van Ess, Markus Hilgert, and Beate Salje

This comprehensive, abundantly illustrated volume explores the genesis and flourishing of Uruk, the first known metropolis in the history of humankind.

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Herculaneum and the House of the Bicentenary: History and Heritage
Sarah Court and Leslie Rainer

This accessible book provides a striking account of the life, destruction, rediscovery, and cultural significance of the Roman town of Herculaneum and its grandest residence—the House of the Bicentenary.

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Sidney Nolan: The Artist’s Materials
Paula Dredge

The newest addition to the Artist’s Materials series is the first technical study of the Australian modern painter Sidney Nolan, examining his innovative use of commercial and household paints among other diverse materials.

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Sarnath: A Critical History of the Place Where Buddhism Began
Frederick M. Asher

This volume offers the first critical examination of Sarnath, the place where the Buddha preached his first sermon and established the Buddhist monastic order.

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More than One Picture: An Art History of the Hyperimage
Felix Thürlemann

Thought-provoking and original, this book argues that hyperimages—calculated displays of images on walls or pages—have played a major role in the history of art.

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Tremaine Houses: One Family’s Patronage of Domestic Architecture in Midcentury America
Volker M. Welter

This volume analyzes the extraordinary patronage that the Tremaine family sustained for nearly four decades, during which they partnered with some of the era’s most notable architects including Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Oscar Niemeyer.

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A Rare Treatise on Interior Decoration and Architecture: Joseph Friedrich zu Racknitz’s Presentation and History of the Taste of the Leading Nations
Joseph Friedrich zu Racknitz
Edited and translated by Simon Swynfen Jervis

An examination of a rare eighteenth-century conspectus of architectural and decorative taste, this volume provides a unique glimpse into the German Enlightenment, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architecture, decorative arts, and garden design.

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Museum Lighting: A Guide for Conservators and Curators
David Saunders

Written by distinguished conservation scientist David Saunders, this indispensable guide to museum lighting—the first new volume of its kind in over thirty years—provides practical information to assist curators, conservators, and other museum professionals.

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On Canvas: Preserving the Structure of Paintings
Stephen Hackney

The first truly comprehensive analysis of the history, practice, and conservation of painting on canvas, this book is destined to become an invaluable resource for the field.

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Rembrandt Drawings
Seymour Slive

Written by renowned Rembrandt scholar Seymour Slive, this gorgeous book explores the artist’s extraordinary achievements as a draftsman by examining more than 150 of his drawings. Now in paperback.

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Values in Heritage Management: Emerging Approaches and Research Directions
Edited by Erica Avrami, Susan Macdonald, Randall Mason, and David Myers

Over the last fifty years, conservation professionals have confronted increasingly complex political, economic, and cultural dynamics. Bringing together leading conservation scholars and professionals from around the world, this publication offers a timely look at values-based approaches to heritage management.

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Toward a Global Middle Ages: Encountering the World through Illuminated Manuscripts
Edited by Bryan C. Keene

Illuminated manuscripts provide glimpses into the interconnected global history of humanity. Featuring essays, case studies, and 160 color illustrations, this wide-ranging and provocative collection provides an important, overdue look at book arts across the globe, opening dialogue on how these textual objects have contributed to world-making strategies from about 400 to 1600.

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London and the Emergence of a European Art Market, 1780–1820
Edited by Susanna Avery-Quash and Christian Huemer

In the late 1700s, as the events of the French Revolution roiled France, London displaced Paris as the primary hub of international art sales. From individual case studies to economic overviews, this groundbreaking volume illuminates London’s role in the development of a European art market.

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Concrete: Case Studies in Conservation Practice
Edited by Catherine Croft and Susan MacDonald with Gail Ostergren

This timely volume brings together fourteen case studies that address the challenges of conserving the twentieth century’s most ubiquitous building material–concrete. Concrete is the first title in a new series aimed at sharing best practices in the conservation of modern heritage.

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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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Don’t Let the Beasties Escape This Book!
Julie Berry
Illustrated by April Lee

It’s no ordinary day at the castle! This beautifully illustrated, silly picture book is a fun introduction to the medieval world and the illuminated bestiary. Join young Godfrey as he finds a bestiary, or book of beasts, and invents his own story and finds a very unexpected adventure along the way.

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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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Canons and Values: Ancient to Modern
Edited by Larry Silver and Kevin Terraciano

A century ago, all art was evaluated through the lens of European classicism and its tradition. Deploying a range of methodologies, this volume is a critical rethinking of the way canons have been defined, constructed, dismantled, and revised throughout the world.

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Special Series

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Lives of the Artists

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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J. Paul Getty Trust Occasional Papers in Cultural Heritage Policy

The time is right for adopting a framework for the protection of cultural heritage. The J. Paul Getty Trust, prompted by the destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq, is enlisting the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect to engage in an educational campaign for the protection of cultural heritage in conflict zones. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of UN Member States regarding the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its additional protocols, as well as recent resolutions by the UN Security Council. To that end, the J. Paul Getty Trust has initiated this series of papers on culture at risk.

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Antiquities in Motion: From Excavation Sites to Renaissance Collections
Barbara Furlotti

Relying on the innovative notion of archaeological finds as mobile items, this publication presents a dynamic interpretation of the early modern market for antiquities in Rome. Barbara Furlotti reconstructs the journey of these objects from discovery to display, examining the changes in economic value, meaning, and appearance that they underwent along the way.

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Out of Bounds: The Collected Writings of Marcia Tucker
Edited by Lisa Phillips, Johanna Burton, and Alicia Ritson, with Kate Wiener

The first to assemble the writings of the groundbreaking art historian, critic, curator, and founding director of New York’s New Museum, this anthology of influential, hard-to-obtain texts—many of which have never before been published—showcases a lifelong commitment to pushing the boundaries of curatorial practice and writing while rethinking inherited structures of power within and outside the museum.

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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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Modern Metals in Cultural Heritage: Understanding and Characterization
Virginia Costa

The proliferation of new metals—such as stainless steels, aluminum alloys, and metallic coatings—in modern and contemporary art and architecture has made the need for professionals who can address their conservation more critical than ever. This practical guide provides artists, conservators, curators, and other heritage professionals with tools for understanding, evaluating, and approaching the care and treatment of modern metals.

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Historic Cities: Issues in Urban Conservation
Edited by Jeff Cody and Francesco Siravo

This profusely illustrated volume brings together over sixty-five seminal writings on the conservation of historic cities. Filling a significant gap in the published literature on urban conservation, this anthology will serve as an easy reference for administrators, professionals, teachers, and students.

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Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Fascicule 10: Athenian Red-Figure Column and Volute Kraters
Despoina Tsiafakis

Cataloguing some hundred thousand examples of ancient Greek painted pottery held in collections around the world, the authoritative Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum (Corpus of Ancient Vases) is the oldest research project of the Union Académique Internationale. This new volume presents a selection of Attic red-figure column and volute kraters ranging from 520 to 510 BCE through the early fourth century BCE. Among the works included are a significant dinoid volute krater and a volute krater with the Labors of Herakles that is attributed to the Kleophrades Painter.

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Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum
Faya Causey

This catalogue presents a group of remarkable amber carvings from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection—the second largest body of this material in the United States and one of the most important in the world. The fifty-six Etruscan, Greek, and Italic carved ambers date from around 650 to 300 B.C.

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