Stories of Art

Author: James Elkins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135206597

Category: Art

Page: 192

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Stories of Art is James Elkins's intimate history of art. Concise and original, this engaging book is an antidote to the behemoth art history textbooks from which we were all taught. As he demonstrates so persuasively, there can never be one story of art. Cultures have their own stories - about themselves, about other cultures - and to hear them all is one way to hear the multiple stories that art tells. But each of us also has our own story of art, a kind of private art history made up of the pieces we have seen, and loved or hated, the effects they had on us, and the connections that might be drawn among them. Elkins opens up the questions that traditional art history usually avoids. What about all the art not produced in Western Europe or in the Europeanized Americas? Is it possible to include Asian art and Indian art in ‘the story?’ What happens when one does? To help us find answers, he uses both Western and non-Western artworks, tables of contents from art histories written in cultures outside the centre of Western European tradition, and strangely wonderful diagrams of how artworks might connect through a single individual. True multiculturalism may be an impossibility, but art lovers can each create a ‘story of art’ that is right for themselves.

The Story of Art

Author: Ernst H. Gombrich

Publisher: Perfection Learning

ISBN: 9781627652018

Category: Art

Page: 1046

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Combining text with hundreds of full-colour illustrations, this book traces the history of art in an unfolding narrative, from primitive cave paintings to modern controversial art works.

Stories of Art and Artists

Author: Diana Secker Tesdell

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 9780375712494

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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"A collection of short stories about art and artists from the past two centuries and from around the world"--

Lost, Stolen Or Shredded

Stories of Missing Works of Art and Literature

Author: Rick Gekoski

Publisher: Profile Books(GB)

ISBN: 9781846684913

Category: Art thefts

Page: 284

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Like Sherlock Holmes's dog in the night time, sometimes the true significance of things lies in their absence. Rick Gekoski tells the very human stories that lie behind some of the greatest losses to artistic culture - and addresses the questions such disappearances raise. Some of the items are stolen (the Mona Lisa), some destroyed (like Philip Larkin's diaries, shredded, then burnt, on his dying request) and some were lost before they even existed, like the career of the brilliant art deco architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which foundered amid a lack of cash - but behind all of them lies an often surprising story which reveals a lot about what art means to us. Gekoski explores in depth the greater questions these tremendous losses raise - such as the rights artists and authors have over their own work, the importance of the search for perfection in creativity, and what motivated people to queue to see the empty space where the Mona Lisa once hung in the Louvre.

Stealing Rembrandts

The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists

Author: Anthony M. Amore,Tom Mashberg

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230337428

Category: True Crime

Page: 272

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A spellbinding journey into the high-stakes world of art theft Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. And the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted. In Stealing Rembrandts, art security expert Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. Through thefts around the world - from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio - the authors track daring entries and escapes from the world's most renowned museums. There are robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence. They also show how museums are thwarted in their ability to pursue the thieves - even going so far as to conduct investigations on their own, far away from the maddening crowd of police intervention, sparing no expense to save the priceless masterpieces. Stealing Rembrandts is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind look at the black market of art theft, and how it compromises some of the greatest treasures the world has ever known.

Knights of Art: Stories of the Italian Painters

Author: Amy Steedman

Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1508013306

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 125

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Then came the time which is called 'The Renaissance,' a word which means being born again, or a new awakening, when men began to draw real pictures of real things and fill the world with images of beauty. Now it is the stories of the men of that time, who put new life into Art, that I am going to tell you--men who learned, step by step, to paint the most beautiful pictures that the world possesses. In telling these stories I have been helped by an old book called The Lives of the Painters, by Giorgio Vasari, who was himself a painter. He took great delight in gathering together all the stories about these artists and writing them down with loving care, so that he shows us real living men, and not merely great names by which the famous pictures are known. It did not make much difference to us when we were little children whether our pictures were good or bad, as long as the colours were bright and we knew what they meant. But as we grow older and wiser our eyes grow wiser too, and we learn to know what is good and what is poor. Only, just as our tongues must be trained to speak, our hands to work, and our ears to love good music, so our eyes must be taught to see what is beautiful, or we may perhaps pass it carelessly by, and lose a great joy which might be ours. So now if you learn something about these great artists and their wonderful pictures, it will help your eyes to grow wise. And some day should you visit sunny Italy, where these men lived and worked, you will feel that they are quite old friends. Their pictures will not only be a delight to your eyes, but will teach your heart something deeper and more wonderful than any words can explain.

The Story of Paintings

A History of Art for Children

Author: Mick Manning

Publisher: Franklin Watts

ISBN: 9781445150048

Category: Painting

Page: 88

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The Story of Paintings begins with the cave paintings of our Stone Age ancestors and continues through to the modern day. Mick Manning and Brita Granström take your on a tour of their personally selected gallery which showcases the work of some of the world's most famous artists and few a less well-known ones. The artists featured include van Eyck, da Vinci, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Velázquez, JMW Turner, Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, Georgia O'Keefe, Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Jackson Pollock as well as Dame Laura Knight and Kalan Khan. The friendly text and illustrations help children to appreciate the art, highlighting interesting biographical details and picking out key details to spot. The book's large format means the art is reproduced on a wonderfully impactful scale. This really is a book to give and treasure. The creative team of Mick Manning and Brita Granström are well-known for their ground breaking children's information books. Their many awards range the TES Information Book Award for What's Under the Bed? and the English Association Non-fiction award for Charlie's War Illustrated.

The Short Story of Art

A Pocket Guide to Key Movements, Works, Themes & Techniques

Author: N.A

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781780679686

Category: Art

Page: 224

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The Short Story of Art is a new and innovative introduction to the subject of art. Simply constructed, the book explores 50 key works, from the wall paintings of Lascaux to contemporary installations, and then links these to sections on art movements, themes, and techniques. The design of the book allows the student or art enthusiast to easily navigate their way around key periods, artists and styles. Accessible and concise, it simplifies and explains the most important and influential concepts in art, and shows how they are linked. The book explains how, why, and when art changed, who introduced certain things, what they were, where they were produced, and whether they matter. It demystifies artistic jargon, giving readers a thorough understanding and broad enjoyment of art.

The Irish Game

A True Story of Crime and Art

Author: Matthew Hart

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780802718143

Category: True Crime

Page: 224

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In the annals of art theft, no case has matched-for sheer criminal panache-the heist at Ireland's Russborough House in 1986. The Irish police knew right away that the mastermind was a Dublin gangster named Martin Cahill. Yet the great plunder -including a Gainsborough, a Goya, two Rubenses, and a Vermeer- remained at large for years. Cahill taunted the police with a string of other crimes, but in the end it was the paintings that brought him low. The challenge of disposing of such famous works forced him to reach outside his familiar world into the international arena, and when he did, his pursuers were waiting. The movie-perfect sting that broke Cahill uncovered an astonishing maze of banking and drug-dealing connections that redefined the way police view art theft. As if that were not enough, the recovery of the Vermeer-by then worth $200 million-led to a remarkable discovery about the way Vermeer achieved his photographic perspective. The Irish Game places the great theft in Ireland's long sad history of violence and follows the thread that led, as a direct result of Cahill's desperate adventures with the Russborough art, to his assassination by the IRA. With the storytelling skill of a novelist and the instincts of a detective, Matthew Hart follows the twists and turns of this celebrated case, linking it with two other world-famous thefts-of Vermeer's "The Concert" and other famous paintings at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" at the National Gallery of Norway in Oslo. Sharply observed, fully explored, The Irish Game is a masterpiece in the literature of true crime.

Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver

Stories of Dinner as a Work of Art

Author: Carolin C. Young

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743222024

Category: Cooking

Page: 364

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The author answers the question "what does it mean to dine?" by focusing on twelve historic dinner parties, deconstructing each to describe the personalities who attended each banquet, the food served, and the general ambience.

Art & Max

Author: David Wiesner

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547505906

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max’s first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media, which turn out to have unexpected pitfalls. Although Max is inexperienced, he’s courageous—and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart.

Creating History

Stories of Ireland in Art

Author: Brendan Rooney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911024286

Category:

Page: 316

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Upon leaving the National Gallery in Dublin during Easter week 1916, its registrar James Stephens was struck by 'the rumour of death and war' that gripped the air. One hundred years on, the National Gallery will evaluate these seismic historical events in its principal contribution to Ireland's Decade of Centenaries in both a powerful new exhibition and stunning book, Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art. The National Gallery's exhibition comprises 54 paintings spanning the 17th century to the 1930s, depicting or inspired by episodes in Irish history from the arrival of St. Patrick to the establishment of the Free State. Jan Wyck, James Wheatley, John Lavery, Sean Keating, William Orpen and Jack B. Yeats are some of the major artists represented. Their masterworks are lavishly reproduced to stunning effect alongside essays from today's leading art critics. Tom Dunne, Ruth Kenny, Roisin Kennedy and Roy Foster are some of the exemplary contributors featured, delivering fascinating assessments that situate the Easter Rising and Ireland's claim to independence through the historical significance and artistic value of Ireland's major artistic works. While the exhibition runs from October 8, 2016 to January 17, 2017, Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art is set to be the National Gallery's enduring tribute to the events of 1916, and will constitute a lasting legacy. [Subject: Irish Studies, Irish Art, Irish Art History, Irish History]

The Love Lives of the Artists

Five Stories of Creative Intimacy

Author: Daniel Bullen

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 1582438366

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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As the oldest of institutions, marriage seems outdated in modern times, when each individual is encouraged to break with tradition in order to fulfill him- or herself. And so artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo seem to be paving the way toward a brave, new kind of marriage, where spouses would be allowedeven encouragedto fulfill different aspects of themselves in outside relationships. Shared creativity, they believed, would transcend their jealousies and compensate their sufferings: through art, they would rise above conventional marital fidelity, and prove a higher fidelity to art and to themselves. The Love Lives of the Artists tells the stories of Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salom, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Diego and Frida, and Henry Miller and Anas Ninfive couples who approached their relationships with the same rebellious creativity as they practiced in their art. From their early artistic development and their first experiences in love, to their artistic marriages and their affairsand then to their fights and reconciliations, addictions, nervous breakdowns and continued creativityThe Love Lives of the Artists describes the promise and the price of freedom and creativity in love.

The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice: The Stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim

Author: Judith Mackrell

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500773963

Category: History

Page: 408

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The story of Venice’s “Unfinished Palazzo”— told through the lives of three of its most unconventional, passionate, and fascinating residents: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim Commissioned in 1750, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family, but the fortunes of the Veniers waned midconstruction and the project was abandoned. Empty, unfinished, and decaying, the building was considered an eyesore until the early twentieth century when it attracted and inspired three women at key moments in their lives: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim. Luisa Casati turned her home into an aesthete’s fantasy where she hosted parties as extravagant and decadent as Renaissance court operas, spending small fortunes on her own costumes in her quest to become a “living work of art” and muse. Doris Castlerosse strove to make her mark in London and Venice during the glamorous, hedonistic interwar years, hosting film stars and royalty at glittering parties. In the postwar years, Peggy Gugenheim turned the Palazzo into a model of modernist simplicity that served as a home for her exquisite collection of modern art that today draws tourists and art lovers from around the world. Each vivid life story is accompanied by previously unseen materials from family archives, weaving an intricate history of these legendary art world eccentrics.

Art Saves

Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art

Author: Jenny Doh

Publisher: North Light Books

ISBN: 9781440309069

Category: Self-Help

Page: 144

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Discover it for yourself. Inside Art Saves, experience the stories of 20 artists who found that artistic expression and the artistic process is worth living for. Whether you are a calligraphy/graffiti artist like Lisa Engelbrecht, a metal artist like Michael DeMeng, or digital collage artist like Susan Tuttle, art has a way of giving you beauty, meaning, spiritual richness, community...even salvation. The stories in this book come from every medium, because the power of the creative process can be found everywhere. Hear from: Drew Emborsky, a crochet artist, provides comfort through his creations by donating his work to hospitals and shelters. Rebecca Sower puts craft materials—and hope—into the hands of Haitian women through Haiti By Hand. Marie French who, through art, creates personal miracles of healing. Suzi Blu, who discovered the real, therapeutic effect of art-making, shows you many simple, effective ways you can give back. INSIDE ART SAVES, YOU'LL ALSO FIND: Mixed media techniques and projects. Throughout the book you'll find practical ideas to put you on the art-making path. Karen Michel shares instructions on creating prayer flags, Lynn Whipple shows you how to construct a permission plaque, Susannah Conway gives advice on revealing the soul of a place though inspired photography. Inspired Lessons. Each artist lists the lessons they have learned about living life artfully. "When the Going Gets Tough..." Sidebars suggest ways you can remain strong, even when things get challenging. Hear how different artists deal with difficulty head-on. "In the artist's own words..." Advice and wisdom shared directly from each artist to you. The act of art-making is an act of life. So thread a needle, lift a paintbrush, put pencil to paper, focus the camera—find salvation.

Living My Life As an Artist, an Autobiography: True Stories of Art, Love, Family & the Creative Process Told in Poetic Form

Author: Rick Doble

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1105974804

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: N.A

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Living My Life As an Artist, an Autobiography: True Stories of Art, Love, Family & the Creative Process Told in Poetic Form By Rick Doble Lifelong stories about finding an art form, romance, struggles, friendships, failure, success, discovery, inspiration, courage, adventure, peak experiences and personal growth, from the age of 6 to 66. The stories cover high school, learning, college, divorce, travel, hitchhiking, writing, photography, painting, music, theater, film, book authoring and marriage. Quotes from Robert Frost, Albert Einstein, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, Vincent van Gogh, Robert Graves, Baudelaire, Dostoevsky, Wilfred Owen, Thoreau, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Neruda, e.e. cummings, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Claude Monet. Doble, author of 6 books by major publishers, e.g. Random House, commented, "I believe this is one of the first times an artist has told a complete story from childhood to old age about his artistic and emotional development."

Mola

Cuna Life Stories and Art

Author: Maricel E. Presilla

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805038019

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Provides a brief introduction to the Cuna Indians, and the unique fabric art form created by the Cuna women called molas

Knights of the Art

Author: Amy Steedman

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781978395831

Category:

Page: 136

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Knights of the Art-Stories of the Italian Painters is a classic Italian art history text by Amy Steedman. In telling these stories I have been helped by an old book called The Lives of the Painters, by Giorgio Vasari, who was himself a painter. He took great delight in gathering together all the stories about these artists and writing them down with loving care, so that he shows us real living men, and not merely great names by which the famous pictures are known.