The Lives of the Artists (Oxford World’s Classics)

Packed with facts, attributions, and entertaining anecdotes about his contemporaries, Vasari’s collection of biographical accounts also presents a highly influential theory of the development of Renaissance art. Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto, who represent the infancy of art, Vasari considers the period of youthful vigour, shaped by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, and Masaccio, before discussing the mature period of perfection, dominated…

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Brunel: The Man Who Built the World (Phoenix Press)

A celebration of the life and engineering achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by two of the world’s foremost authorities. In his lifetime, Isambard Kingdom Brunel towered over his profession. Today, he remains the most famous engineer in history, the epitome of the volcanic creative forces which brought about the Industrial Revolution – and brought modern society into being. Brunel’s extraordinary…

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Grayson Perry: Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Girl

Every inch of Grayson’s childhood bedroom was covered with pictures of aeroplanes, and every surface with models. Fantasy took over his life, in a world of battles ruled by his teddy bear, Alan Measles. He grew up. And in 2003, an acclaimed ceramic artist, he accepted the Turner Prize as his alter-ego Clare, wearing his best dress, with a bow…

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Turner in his Time

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Lucky to be an Artist

There is a famous portrait by Stanley Spencer of his wife and their daughter and her dolls, completed in 1937 called Hilda, Unity and Dolls. Both mother and child very serious and unsmiling; the dolls black-eyed and seemingly empty. Painted in the aftermath of the disastrous split between Spencer and his wife, the painting reflects the ruin and emptiness that…

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Van Gogh

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Inventing Van Eyck: The Remaking of an Artist for the Modern Age

Inventing Van Eyck Van Eyck is seen as the artist who bridged the gap between the medieval and the modern. “The Enlightenment” had placed van Eyck in the Gothic tradition. Then Napoleon looted panels of his masterwork, the “Ghent Altar-piece”, and took them back to the Louvre. This title tells the story of the making of this artist for the…

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