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Toward a Global Middle Ages: Encountering the World through Illuminated Manuscripts
Edited by Bryan C. Keene

Although often a Eurocentric field of study, manuscripts provide glimpses into the interconnected global history of humanity. Featuring essays, case studies, and 160 color illustrations, this wide-ranging and provocative collection provides an important, overdue look at book arts across the globe, opening dialogue on how these textual objects have contributed to world-making strategies from about 400 to 1600.

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Canons and Values: Ancient to Modern
Edited by Larry Silver and Kevin Terraciano

A century ago, all art was evaluated through the lens of European classicism and its tradition. Deploying a range of methodologies, this volume is a critical rethinking of the way canons have been defined, constructed, dismantled, and revised throughout the world.

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London and the Emergence of a European Art Market, 1780–1820
Edited by Susanna Avery-Quash and Christian Huemer

In the late 1700s, as the events of the French Revolution roiled France, London displaced Paris as the primary hub of international art sales. From individual case studies to economic overviews, this groundbreaking volume illuminates London’s role in the development of a European art market.

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The Renaissance Nude
Edited by Thomas Kren with Jill Burke and Stephen J. Campbell

Looking at works by artists as diverse as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Donatello, and Raphael, this book is a gloriously illustrated examination of the origins and development of the nude as an artistic subject in Renaissance Europe. From the religious to the magical, and the poetic to the erotic, The Renaissance Nude examines in a profound way what it is to be human.

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Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms, Revised Edition
Michelle P. Brown
Revised by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale and Nancy K. Turner


What is a historiated initial? What are canon tables? What is a drollery? This updated and revised version of a standard reference in the field of manuscript studies is essential reading for students, teachers, and scholars.

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Pierre Koenig: A View from the Archive
Neil Jackson

In this book, noted scholar Neil Jackson presents a vibrant profile of Los Angeles architect Pierre Koenig, who Time magazine said lived long enough to become “cool twice.” This elegantly illustrated book positions Koenig as a key figure in the Los Angeles Modernist movement and an architect who presciently embraced ecologically responsible design long before it became a dominant trend.

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Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art: The Arthur Drexler Years, 1951–1986
Thomas S. Hines

Arthur Drexler was the longest serving curator in Architecture and Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art, overseeing four decades of groundbreaking exhibitions which not only reflected but anticipated major stylistic developments. This comprehensive account of Drexler’s tenure at MoMA reveals him as someone who cemented the reputations of many twentieth-century architects, including Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, Marcel Breuer, and Mies van der Rohe.

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Concrete: Case Studies in Conservation Practice
Edited by Catherine Croft and Susan MacDonald with Gail Ostergren

This timely volume brings together fourteen case studies that address the challenges of conserving the twentieth century’s most ubiquitous building material–concrete. Concrete is the first title in a new series aimed at sharing best practices in the conservation of modern heritage.

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Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials
Debra Burchett-Lere and Aneta Zebala

American artist Sam Francis brought vivid color and emotional intensity to Abstract Expressionism. This volume presents for the first time the results of an in-depth scientific study of more than forty of his paintings, which reveal new information about his creative process.

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The Central Collecting Point in Munich: A New Beginning for the Restitution and Protection of Art
Iris Lauterbach

Gilio’s text remains a key primary source for the discussion of the reform of art as it unfolded at the time of the Council of Trent and the Catholic Reformation. This newly translated and unabridged version of the Dialogue reveals the nuanced and provisional debates happening during this crucial era.

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Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World
Edited by Elizabeth Morrison
With Larisa Grollemond


With over 270 color illustrations and contributions by twenty-five leading scholars, this gorgeous volume celebrates the visual contributions of the bestiary and explores its widespread influence on medieval art and culture as well as on modern and contemporary artists like Picasso and Damien Hirst.

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Manet and Modern Beauty: The Artist’s Last Years
Edited by Scott Allan, Emily A. Beeny, and Gloria Groom

This stunning examination of the last years of Manet’s life and career is the first book to explore the transformation of his style and subject matter in the 1870s and early 1880s. Fresh, intimate, and unapologetically pretty, the artist’s late works demonstrate his fierce embrace of beauty and pleasure in the face of death.

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Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri
Edited by Kenneth Lapatin

Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE and uncovered in 1750, the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum is one of the world’s earliest systematically investigated archaeological sites. Presenting the latest research, this publication reveals the story of the Villa dei Papiri’s ancient inhabitants and modern explorers to provide the first truly comprehensive look at all aspects of the site.

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Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques
Susanne Gänsicke and Yvonne J. Markowitz

The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. With a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewelry and its production, this accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms, styles, and techniques.

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Lives of the Artists series

The Lives of the Artists series offers illuminating, and sometimes intimate, accounts of major artists as viewed by their contemporaries. Each volume contains a contextualizing introduction from a modern scholar and beautiful full-page images. These books represent a diversity of opinions, perspectives, and voices that scholars, art aficionados, and even those brand new to the history of art will find informative, accessible, and unique.

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Antiquities in Motion: From Excavation Sites to Renaissance Collections
Barbara Furlotti

Relying on the innovative notion of archaeological finds as mobile items, this publication presents a dynamic interpretation of the early modern market for antiquities in Rome. Barbara Furlotti reconstructs the journey of these objects from discovery to display, examining the changes in economic value, meaning, and appearance that they underwent along the way.

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Out of Bounds: The Collected Writings of Marcia Tucker
Edited by Lisa Phillips, Johanna Burton, and Alicia Ritson, with Kate Wiener

The first to assemble the writings of the groundbreaking art historian, critic, curator, and founding director of New York’s New Museum, this anthology of influential, hard-to-obtain texts—many of which have never before been published—showcases a lifelong commitment to pushing the boundaries of curatorial practice and writing while rethinking inherited structures of power within and outside the museum.

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On Modern Beauty: Three Paintings by Manet, Gauguin, and Cézanne
Richard R. Brettell

As the discipline of art history has moved away from connoisseurship, the notion of beauty has become increasingly problematic, a term being both culturally and personally subjective and difficult to define. Examining beauty using three works of art by Manet, Gauguin, and Cézanne, this thought-provoking book dares to confront the concept of modern beauty head-on.

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Modern Metals in Cultural Heritage: Understanding and Characterization
Virginia Costa

The proliferation of new metals—such as stainless steels, aluminum alloys, and metallic coatings—in modern and contemporary art and architecture has made the need for professionals who can address their conservation more critical than ever. This practical guide provides artists, conservators, curators, and other heritage professionals with tools for understanding, evaluating, and approaching the care and treatment of modern metals.

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Historic Cities: Issues in Urban Conservation
Edited by Jeff Cody and Francesco Siravo

This profusely illustrated volume brings together over sixty-five seminal writings on the conservation of historic cities. Filling a significant gap in the published literature on urban conservation, this anthology will serve as an easy reference for administrators, professionals, teachers, and students.

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