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December 2012

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In This Issue:

Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance
Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum
Abundance of Life
The Art of Mantua
Carved Splendor
Gardens of the Roman World
Greeks on the Black Sea
Houses and Monuments of Pompeii
Inventing the Garden
Medieval Panorama
The Mediterranean in History
Panorama of the Classical World
Ruins of Ancient Rome

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Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance
Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350
Edited by Christine Sciacca
Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance

"The show, together with its first-rate catalog, is among the most important in an American museum this year."
—Christopher Knight, LA Times

Selected as one of the best books of 2012 by Modern Art Notes

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Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum
Faya Causey
Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum

Free Digital Publication

This online catalogue opens with a general introduction to amber in the ancient world and then presents fifty-six Etruscan, Greek, and Italic carved ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum—the second largest collection of this material in the United States and one of the most important in the world. Each piece is given a full description, including typology, style, chronology, and iconography, and is beautifully illustrated in color. The catalogue concludes with technical notes about scientific investigations of these objects and the Baltic amber from which they are carved.

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Abundance of Life
Etruscan Wall Painting
Stephan Steingräber
Abundance of Life

The striking paintings in these "underground museums," beautifully reproduced on special paper that evokes the texture of the ancient walls, make it clear why the Etruscans have excited the imaginations of scholars and poets for centuries.

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The Art of Mantua
Power and Patronage in the Renaissance
Barbara Furlotti and Guido Rebecchini
The Art of Mantua

This book traces the rich history of the northern Italian city of Mantua from its mythic origins described in Dante's Inferno to its cultural heyday during the Renaissance (under the patronage of the powerful Gonzaga family), and to its eventual decline and annexation by the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Carved Splendor
Late Gothic Altarpieces in Southern Germany,
Austria, and South Tirol
Rainer Kahsnitz
Carved Splendor

This volume offers a close examination of twenty-two of the most important surviving altarpieces, discussing their historical context and analyzing how their pictorial programs reflected changing notions of piety. The sumptuous color illustrations capture the altarpieces in all their possible arrangements. The stunning details of these pieces—riotous locks of hair, swirling fabric, and thickets of twisted vines—vividly demonstrate the skills of the master artisans who created them.

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Gardens of the Roman World
Patrick Bowe
Gardens of the Roman World

This book describes the variety of Roman gardens throughout the empire, from the humblest to the most ornate, which include such renowned locations as Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli and the gardens of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The influence of Roman gardens is traced through Arabic, medieval, and Renaissance gardens to the present day.

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Greeks on the Black Sea
Ancient Art from the Hermitage
Edited by Anna A. Trofimova
Greeks on the Black Sea

This richly illustrated catalogue presents nine essays on the archaeology of the northern Black Sea region and its history, culture, and art, including sculpture, pottery, gems, and jewelry.

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Houses and Monuments of Pompeii
The Work of Fausto and Felice Niccolini
Preface by Stefano de Caro
Essays and commentaries by Roberto Cassanelli, Pier Luigi Ciapparelli,
Enrico Colle, and Massimiliano David
Houses and Monuments of Pompeii

This slipcased book reproduces, along with commentary, Le case i monumenti di Pompeii (1854) of Fausto and Felice Niccolini—the first work to present completely and systematically all the public and private buildings so far excavated in Pompeii. It features the wondrous watercolors the Niccolinis created to document Pompeii and is thus a beautiful and essential tool in understanding the excavated remains themselves and how the modern archaeologists perceived and recorded the ancient world.

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Inventing the Garden
Matteo Vercelloni and Virgilio Vercelloni
Inventing the Garden

The authors trace the evolution of the Western garden from the first plots cultivated for pleasure in the Middle East to today's diverse green spaces that challenge traditional ideas about what constitutes a garden. They examine the changing attitude toward nature—as something to be dominated or embraced, ordered or allowed to range freely, exploited or conserved.

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Medieval Panorama
Edited by Robert Bartlett
Medieval Panorama

With more than eight hundred illustrations, this volume is an all-encompassing visual re-creation of the medieval world: its peoples, its defining characteristics—indeed, its whole culture in the widest sense.

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The Mediterranean in History
Edited by David Abulafia
The Mediterranean in History

Contained in this history of the "Great Sea" are the stories of the birth of Western Civilization, the clash of warring faiths, and the rivalries of empires. David Abulafia leads a team of eight distinguished historians in an exploration of the great facts, themes, and epochs of this region's history: the physical setting; the rivalry between Carthaginians, Greeks, and Etruscans for control of the sea routes; unification under Rome and the subsequent break up into Western Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam; the Crusades; commerce in medieval times; the Ottoman resurgence; the rivalry of European powers from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries; and the globalization of the region in the last century.

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Panorama of the Classical World
Nigel Spivey and Michael Squire
Panorama of the Classical World

The volume highlights the modern relevance of classical antiquity, from its influence on contemporary politics to the representation of the female body in Western art, and concludes by charting the history of classical civilization. The extensive reference section includes biographies, an introduction to classical mythology, a glossary of technical terms and vase shapes, as well as a timeline, map, bibliography, and index.

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Ruins of Ancient Rome
Drawings of the French Architects Who Won
the Prix de Rome, 1786–1924
Edited by Massimiliano David
Preface by Filippo Coarelli
Ruins of Ancient Rome

In this magnificently printed and slipcased volume are reproduced some of the most extraordinarily handsome drawings of the ruins of ancient Rome made by French "Prix de Rome" architects from 1786 through 1924. Accompanied by text that explains how the Prix de Rome was awarded and the significance of the prize in the history of architecture, as well as how the study of ancient models formed the basis for nineteenth- and early- twentieth-century architectural styles, these drawings provide an invaluable understanding of how the modern imagination recorded and transformed ancient fragments into a modern architectural idiom.

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