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Cultural Genocide and the Protection of Cultural Heritage

Cultural Genocide and the Protection of Cultural Heritage
Edward C. Luck

This paper, the second in the J. Paul Getty Trust Occasional Papers in Cultural Heritage Policy, examines the various lenses through which the international community defines attacks on cultural heritage and proposes cultural genocide as an additional lens that can be used to recast the debate over how to best protect the world’s cultural heritage.

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Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography
Paul Martineau

The ripple of the hemline of a ball gown or an insouciant shoulder slipping off a coat—the aesthetic of fashion photography today seems a foregone conclusion. However, as much as clothing has changed over past century, so too has the way it has been captured on magazine pages and museum walls. This stunning exhibition catalogue explores fashion photography’s remarkable evolution and features artists such as Hiro, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Man Ray, Bruce Weber, and many more.

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Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists
Marcia Reed and Glenn Phillips

No medium is perhaps as variable as artists’ books—objects can be a single sheet of paper, a sculptural paperwork fashioned to work like a gemstone, or a book the size of several rooms. The defining quality of these pieces is the fact that they trouble the distinction between art and the book as object. This mesmerizing exhibition catalogue looks closely at eighty artists’ books in the Getty Research Institute collection to reveal their influence on Pop Art, Fluxus, Conceptualism, feminist art, and postmodernism.

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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. Buy the hardcover

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A Knight for the Ages: Jacques de Lalaing and the Art of Chivalry
Edited by Elizabeth Morrison

The Livre des faits de Jacques de Lalaing (Book of the Deeds of Jacques de Lalaing), a famous Flemish illuminated manuscript, relays the audacious life of the eponymous knight and reads like a fast-paced adventure novel. This volume is a compelling and vibrant exploration of the manuscript, including stunning reproductions of the illuminations, never before published in color.

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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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The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint
Jamie Camplin and Maria Ranauro

Paintings contain a world of information about religion, class, gender, and power, but they also reveal details of everyday life, including the practice of reading. For art and book lovers alike, this beautiful volume explores the relationship between books, the artist, and Western painting.

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Pierre Koenig: A View from the Archive
Neil Jackson

In this book, noted scholar Neil Jackson presents a vibrant profile of Los Angeles architect Pierre Koenig, who Time magazine said lived long enough to become “cool twice.” This elegantly illustrated book positions Koenig as a key figure in the Los Angeles Modernist movement and an architect who presciently embraced ecologically responsible design long before it became a dominant trend.

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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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Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art: The Arthur Drexler Years, 1951–1986
Thomas S. Hines

Arthur Drexler was the longest serving curator in Architecture and Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art, overseeing four decades of groundbreaking exhibitions which not only reflected but anticipated major stylistic developments. This comprehensive account of Drexler’s tenure at MoMA reveals him as someone who cemented the reputations of many twentieth-century architects, including Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, Marcel Breuer, and Mies van der Rohe.

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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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Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials
Debra Burchett-Lere and Aneta Zebala

American artist Sam Francis brought vivid color and emotional intensity to Abstract Expressionism. This volume presents for the first time the results of an in-depth scientific study of more than forty of his paintings, which reveal new information about his creative process.

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Masterpieces of Painting: J. Paul Getty Museum
Scott Allan, Davide Gasparotto, Peter Bjorn Kerber, and Anne T. Woollett

Rooted in passion for the Italian Renaissance as well as Baroque works, the original collection of J. Paul Getty has been transformed over decades to include seminal pieces by masters such as Titian, Cranach, El Greco, Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Fragonard, Manet, Monet, Cézanne, and Ensor. This volume includes more than one hundred significant paintings.

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Cleo and Cornelius: A Tale of Two Cities and Two Kitties
Elizabeth Nicholson, Janine Pibal, and Nick Geller
Illustrated by Michelle Thies

A spin of Aesop’s classic fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” Cleo and Cornelius tells the story of courageous Cleo and couch potato Cornelius who live in ancient Egypt, but who end up journeying to faraway Rome. Ages three and up.

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The Central Collecting Point in Munich: A New Beginning for the Restitution and Protection of Art
Iris Lauterbach

Gilio’s text remains a key primary source for the discussion of the reform of art as it unfolded at the time of the Council of Trent and the Catholic Reformation. This newly translated and unabridged version of the Dialogue reveals the nuanced and provisional debates happening during this crucial era.

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Fashion in the Middle Ages
Margaret Scott

From costly velvets and furs worn by kings and queens to the undyed wools and rough linens of peasants, fashion in the middle ages provides historians today with a great deal of information about class, gender, and power relations in general. This incisive book offers an indispensable and heavily illustrated primer for students and scholars.

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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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