In the 1880s, James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) reinvented himself through the medium of watercolor. At the time, excellence in watercolor was most often associated with British artists, and most notably with the work of J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851). Whistler’s embrace of watercolor allowed the (...)
A lavishly illustrated, in-depth early history covering two thousand years of diamond jewelry and commerce, from the Indian mines to European merchants, courts, and workshops This richly illustrated history...
This lively book reveals the clothing and fashion of the world depicted in Jane Austen’s beloved books, focusing on the long Regency between the years 1795 and 1825. During this period, accelerated change saw Britain’s turbulent entry into the modern age, and clothing reflected these (...)
An extraordinary history of Netherlandish drawing, focused on the training and skill of artists during the long 17th centuryWith a lively narrative thread and thematic chapters, this book offers an exceptional introduction to Dutch and Flemish drawing during the long 17th century. Victoria Sancho (...)
An insightful overview of how Millet influenced and inspired many modernist artists that followed himJean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) was one of the most important artists of the Barbizon School. Through his publicly exhibited works and their critical reception, Millet was of crucial significance (...)
The first authorized copy of this mysterious, much-speculated-upon, one-of-a-kind, centuries-old puzzle. The Voynich Manuscript is produced from new photographs of the entire original and accompanied by expert essays that invite anyone to understand and explore the enigma. Many call the (...)
An overview of Chinese culture, particularly visions of life and the afterlife, told through feast imagery from three historically transformative dynastiesFeasting was an important social and ritual activity in China beginning in the Bronze Age, and cuisine retains a strong cultural significance to (...)
A detailed look at a genre that combines virtuoso printmaking techniques, sophisticated imagery, and engaging, playful poetryThis beautiful volume celebrates the tradition of the Japanese surimono print. Produced from around 1800 until 1840, during the Edo period, surimono ("printed things" in (...)