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Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids
by James P. Allen, et al. - Metropolitan Museum of Art , 1999
This exhibition is devoted entirely to the approximate five centuries of the Old Kingdom. One of its qualities is that it restores our temporal perspective. It demonstrates the extraordinary flowering of the arts at the time the pyramids were built.
Art of the Islamic World: A Resource for Educators
by Maryam D. Ekhtiar, Claire Moore (eds) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art , 2012
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of Islamic art is one of the most important and comprehensive in the world. It comprises more than 12,000 works of art created in a vast geographical area, stretching from Spain to India.
The Art of Chivalry
by H. Nickel, S.W. Pyhrr, L. Tarassuk - The Metropolitan Museum of Art , 1982
Numbering almost fourteen thousand objects and spanning the thirteenth through the early nineteenth centuries, the Arms and Armor collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest and one of the most encyclopedic of its kind in the world.
Ancient Chinese Art
by Maxwell K. Hearn - Metropolitan Museum of Art , 2012
The challenge for the Metropolitan Museum is to represent this culture by the coherent display of masterpieces that recapture the great moments of China's past. Collections have grown under generations of collectors, curators, and changing fashions.
The Principles of Aesthetics
by Dewitt H. Parker - Silver , 1920
This book embodies my effort to express to students the nature and meaning of art. In writing it, I have sought to maintain scientific accuracy, yet at the same time to preserve freedom of style and something of the inspiration of the subject.
History of Ancient Art
by Franz von Reber - Harper & brothers , 1882
A history of the fine arts that treats their various manifestations with intelligence and in just proportion. It serves equally well as an introduction to the study and as a treatise to which the advanced student may refer...
A History of Art in Ancient Egypt
by C. Chipiez, G. Perrot - Chapman and Hall , 1883
These volumes are the first instalment of an undertaking which has for its aim the history and critical analysis of that great organic growth which, beginning with the Pharaohs and ending with the Roman Emperors, forms what is called Antique Art.
Elements of Modern Painting
by Thomas M. Messer - Solomon Guggenheim Foundation , 1962
Messer dissects the elements of modern painting for an uninformed audience by describing basic tenants of modern painting. The intended audience consists of museum visitors who find themselves unprepared for the new language of contemporary art.
Famous European Artists
by Sarah K. Bolton - Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. , 1890
'Reverence for what is great is a universal feeling...' From the table of contents: Michael Angelo; Leonardo da Vinci; Raphael of Urbino; Titian; Murillo; Rubens; Rembrandt; Sir Joshua Reynolds; Sir Edwin Landseer; Turner.
China, 5000 Years: Innovation and Transformation in the Arts
by Helmut Brinker, et al. - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum , 1998
This catalogue is an invaluable resource for scholars of Chinese culture and art. It includes sixteen essays by scholars of Chinese culture, including Wu Hung, Helmut Brinker, James Cahill, Elizabeth Childs-Johnson, Patricia Ebrey, and Sherman Lee.
American Abstract Expressionists and Imagists
by H. H. Amason - Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation , 1961
The exhibition inaugurates a new program for the investigation of current tendencies in American and European painting and sculpture. The exhibition also includes a highly selective sampling of younger artists associated with Abstract Expressionism.
Art of the Avant-garde in Russia
by Angelica Zander Rudenstine - Guggenheim Museum , 1981
Selection from the George Costakis collection, an invaluable resource for scholars of art of the avant-garde in Russia. Art historian Rudenstine's introduction describes the Collection's formation and important details from Costakis's biography.
Six Centuries of Painting 1300-1900
by Randall Davies - ManyBooks , 2009
The more one knows about the history of painting the greater will be the appreciation of the various excellences which tend to perfection, it is ridiculous to suppose that only the learned are capable of deriving enjoyment from a beautiful picture.
Modern painting, its tendency and meaning
by S. S. Van Dine - Dodd, Mead , 1922
This book inquires into the function of all great art, and defines those elements which make for genuine worth. It explains both the basic and superficial differences between ancient and modern art and points out the superiority of the new methods.
A History of Art for Beginners and Students
by Clara E. C. Waters - Project Gutenberg , 2008
The fine arts are Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Poetry, and Music, and though we could live if none of these existed, yet life would be far from the pleasant experience that it is often made to be through the enjoyment of these arts.
by Romain Rolland - Duffield & Company , 1915
The life of Michelangelo offers a striking example of the influence that a great man can have on his time. Michelangelo burst like a thunder-storm into the heavy, overcharged sky of Florence. He captured painting, sculpture, architecture and poetry.
A History of Sculpture
by Harold North Fowler - MacMillan , 1916
A sketch of the history of sculpture from the beginnings of civilization to the present day. The author attempted no detailed criticism. A brief description of the materials and methods employed in sculpture is contained in the Introduction.
House of Eternity: The Tomb of Nefertari
by John McDonald - Getty Publications , 1996
This book is replete with full-color photographs of the contrasting desert landscape, the elaborate tomb, and the paintings. Included are explanations of the hieroglyphs and artwork, plus interesting snippets from Nefertari's culture.
A Fable of Modern Art
by Dore Ashton - University of California Press , 1991
Ashton's analysis of modern art grows out of a consideration of Balzac's brilliant and little known 'philosophic' story The Unknown Masterpiece in which the concerns of Cézanne, Picasso, and the abstract expressionists are strikingly prefigured.
The Art of Africa: A Resource for Educators
by Christa Clarke - Metropolitan Museum of Art , 2007
The rich artistic heritage of sub-Saharan Africa is presented in 40 traditional works. Included are a brief introduction, an explanation of the role of visual expression in Africa, descriptions of the form and function of the works, etc.
Knights of Art: Stories of the Italian Painters
by Amy Steedman - George W. Jacobs & Company , 1907
The lives and works of famous Italian painters: Giotto, Fra Angelico, Fra Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Paul Veronese, etc.
The Art of South and Southeast Asia
by S. Kossak, E. Watts - Metropolitan Museum of Art , 2001
This book introduces works of art from the superb South and Southeast Asian and Islamic collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Included are examples of Buddhist and Hindu temple art and the later court arts of South Asia.
Greek Art from Prehistoric to Classical
by Michael Norris, at al. - Metropolitan Museum of Art , 2001
This book was designed not only to introduce a collection of Greek art to teachers and their students, but also to provide them with a general grounding in ancient Greek culture, from the prehistoric period to the end of the Classical age.
Islamic Art and Geometric Design: Activities for Learning
- Metropolitan Museum of Art , 2004
Examine the principles of geometric design that are the basis for the intricate patterns in the art of the Islamic world. Includes a brief overview of Islamic art, an introduction to related works, and a series of pattern-making activities.
Medieval Art: A Resource for Educators
by Michael Norris - Metropolitan Museum of Art , 2009
The book presents medieval art from western Europe and Byzantium and provides strategies for teaching art of the Middle Ages. Among the contents are an overview of medieval times and art, a discussion of aspects of medieval life, etc.
Roman Art: A Resource for Educators
by Nancy L. Thompson - Metropolitan Museum of Art , 2007
This illustrated resource is designed for teachers of grades K–12 and includes a discussion of the relevance of Rome to the modern world, a short historical overview, and descriptions of 45 works of art from the Museum's collection of Roman art.
The Art of Ancient Egypt
by Edith Watts - Metropolitan Museum of Art , 1998
Comprehensive resource for educators, it includes summaries of ancient Egyptian history and art, lesson plans and classroom activities, and a glossary. The book is aimed at increasing knowledge and pleasure in viewing Egyptian art.
The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry
by W. G. Archer - Project Gutenberg , 2004
The purpose of this book is to throw some light on Indian painting by presenting the story of Krishna in the clearest possible terms, in the form in which it has actually reached Indian minds and has influenced belief and worship.
Pagan and Christian Rome
by Rodolfo Lanciani - Houghton Mifflin Co. , 1893
Complete and detailed Book discussing Rome and how it evolved through time. Contents: transformation of Rome from a Pagan into a Christian city; Pagan shrines and temples; Christian churches; imperial tombs; Papal tombs; Pagan cemeteries; and more.
A Text-Book of the History of Painting
by John C. Van Dyke - Longmans, Green and Co , 1904
This textbook provides concise history of painting for class-room use in schools and colleges. It is given a short critical estimate of the individual painter and his rank among the painters of his time rather than the detailed facts of his life.