The Books That Shaped Art History

This is Not Just a Painting

This is Not Just a Painting

Bernard Lahire

By following the trail of a single work of art, Lahire interrogates the foundations on which our perceptions of value and our belief in institutions rest and exposes the forms of domination which lie hidden behind our admiration...

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The Last Leonardo

The Last Leonardo

Ben Lewis

In 2017 the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction for $450m. But is it a real da Vinci? In a thrilling narrative built on formidable research, Ben Lewis tracks the extraordinary journey of a masterpiece lost and found, lied and...

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30,000 Years of Art

30,000 Years of Art

Phaidon Editors

An accessible, comprehensive, freshly-updated celebration of the vast range of human artistry from 28,000 BC to today

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Art & Queer Culture

Art & Queer Culture

Catherine Lord

A revised, updated edition of the acclaimed historical overview of Queer art - available for the first time in paperback

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The Short Story of Modern Art

The Short Story of Modern Art

Susie Hodge

The Short Story of Modern Art explains the how, why and when of modern art - who introduced certain things, what they were, where they were produced, and why they matter.

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Mother: An Unconventional History

Mother: An Unconventional History

Sarah Knott

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Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego and History's Vandals

Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego and History’s Vandals

Julie Cotter

Join respected art historian Dr Julie Cotter as she journeys through eras, continents and regimes to examine the extraordinary stories of Portraits Destroyed.

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Classic Beauties: Artists, Italy and the Esthetic Ideals of the 18th Century

Classic Beauties: Artists, Italy and the Esthetic Ideals of the 18th Century

Superbly illustrated essays introduce the key Italian painters and sculptors to which Europe's aristocracy flocked in the 18th Century

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Art of Native America -- the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection

Art of Native America – the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection

Gaylord Torrence, Ned Blackhawk, Sylvia Yount

A fresh exploration of Native American art that positions the work within the broader context of North American art history

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 Read reviewThe Books that Shaped Art History: From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss

The Books that Shaped Art History: From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss

Richard Shone, John-Paul Stonard

Reassesses the impact of some of the most important texts of art history. This book provides a varied and invaluable overview of the history of art, told through its seminal texts. It explores how art history has been forged by...

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An Outline of European Architecture

An Outline of European Architecture

Nikolaus Pevsner, Michael Forsyth

A study of European architecture. Integrating over 200 colour photographs, it explains the author's perceptive understanding of the heritage of past civilizations.

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The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form

The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form

Sir Kenneth Clark

From the art of the Greeks to that of Renoir and Moore, this work surveys the ever-changing fashions in what has constituted the ideal nude as a basis of humanist form.

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The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds

The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds

Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg, Peter Weibel (ZKM/Center for Art and Media Technology)

Mapping the new geography of the visual arts, from the explosion of biennials to the emerging art markets in Asia and the Middle East.

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Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution

Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution

T. J. Clark

A book that transformed the way art historians view art, this is a discussion of the work of Gustav Courbet in the years directly after the 1848 Revolution.

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Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation

Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation

Leonie Gombrich

This book is a classical study of image-making, which seeks the answer to an apparently simple but fundamental question : why is there such a thing as style?

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Art And Culture

Art And Culture

Clement Greenberg

Clement Greenberg is, internationally, the best-known American art critic popularly considered to be the man who put American vanguard painting and sculpture on the world map. . . . An important book for everyone interested in...

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The Story of Art

The Story of Art

Ernst H. Gombrich

A new, compact edition of the most popular art book ever written.

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Art Power

Art Power

Boris Groys (Global Distinguished Professor, New York University)

A new book by Boris Groys acknowledges the problem and potential of art's complex relationship to power.

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Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing

John Berger

Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But, there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world. The relation...

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Art: The Whole Story

Art: The Whole Story

Stephen Farthing, Richard Cork

Traces the evolution of artistic development period by period, with the illustrated, in-depth text covering every genre of art, from painting and sculpture to conceptual art and performance. This title helps you discover what the...

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100 Artists' Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists

100 Artists' Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists

Alex Danchev

A collection of 100 manifestos from the last 100 years is cacophony of voices from such diverse movements as Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Destructivism, and Stuckism, taking in along the way film, architecture, fashion, and...

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 Special priceOn Photography

On Photography

Susan Sontag

Features a critique of photography that asks forceful questions about the moral and aesthetic issues surrounding this art form. This title examines the ways in which we use these omnipresent images to manufacture a sense of...

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