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Secret Lives of Great Artists
Secret Lives of Great Artists
Written by Elizabeth Lunday, Illustrated by Mario Zucca
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ISBN: 9781594742576
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Secret Lives of Great Artists
What Your Teachers Never Told You about Master Painters and Sculptors
Written by Elizabeth Lunday
Illustrated by Mario Zucca


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: July 1, 2008
Price: $16.95

With outraeous anecdotes about everyone from Leonardo (alleged sodomist) to Caraviaggio (convicted murderer) to Edward Hopper (alleged wife beater), Secret Lives of Great Artists recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international art. You’ll learn that Michelangelo’s body odor was so bad, his assistants couldn’t stand... Read more >
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Painter in a Savage Land
Painter in a Savage Land
Written by Miles Harvey
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ISBN: 9781588367099
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Painter in a Savage Land
The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America
Written by Miles Harvey


Format: eBook, 368 pages
On Sale: June 24, 2008
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In this vibrantly told, meticulously researched book, Miles Harvey reveals one of the most fascinating and overlooked lives in American history. Like The Island of Lost Maps, his bestselling book about a legendary map thief, Painter in a Savage Land is a compelling search into the mysteries of the past. This...

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Lost History
Lost History
Written by Michael H. Morgan
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ISBN: 9781426202803
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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: June 17, 2008
Price: $15.95

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, it is important to remember that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Lost History fills a significant void and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the major... Read more >
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Callas Kissed Me...Lenny Too!
Callas Kissed Me...Lenny Too!
Written by John Gruen
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781576874240
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Callas Kissed Me...Lenny Too!
A Critic's Memoir
Written by John Gruen


Format: Hardcover, 376 pages
On Sale: April 1, 2008
Price: $29.95

From his extraordinary beginnings—his mother went into labor while gambling at a French casino—to escaping Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and ultimately hoping to conquer New York City, John Gruen writes a subtly revealing self-portrait in Callas Kissed Me…Lenny Too!

As a boy unable to speak a single word of English... Read more >
The Allure of Chanel
The Allure of Chanel
Written by Paul Morand, Translated by Euan Cameron
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ISBN: 9781901285987
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The Allure of Chanel

Written by Paul Morand
Translated by Euan Cameron


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
On Sale: January 1, 2008
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Coco Chanel invited Paul Morand to visit her in St Moritz at the end of the Second World War when he was given the opportunity to write her memoirs; his notes of their conversations were put away in a drawer and only came to light one year after Chanel's death. Through... Read more >
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The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects
The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects
Written by Giorgio Vasari, Translated by Gaston du C. de Vere, Introduction by Philip Jacks
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ISBN: 9780307432391
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The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects

Written by Giorgio Vasari
Translated by Gaston du C. de Vere
Introduction by Philip Jacks


Format: eBook, 640 pages
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

A painter and architect in his own right, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) achieved immortality for this book on the lives of his fellow Renaissance artists, first published in Florence in 1550. Although he based his work on a long tradition of biographical writing, Vasari infused these literary portraits with a decidedly modern... Read more >
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Ordinary Daylight
Ordinary Daylight
Written by Andrew Potok
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ISBN: 9780307418272
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Ordinary Daylight
Portrait of an Artist Going Blind
Written by Andrew Potok


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

Andrew Potok is an intense, vigorous, sensual man--and a gifted painter. Then, passing forty, he rapidly begins to go blind from an inherited eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa. Depressed and angry, he rages at the losses that are eradicating his life as an artist, his sources of pleasure, his competence as a... Read more >
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The Science of Leonardo
The Science of Leonardo
Written by Fritjof Capra
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ISBN: 9780385524117
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The Science of Leonardo
Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance
Written by Fritjof Capra


Format: eBook, 272 pages
On Sale: October 30, 2007
Price: $13.99

Leonardo da Vinci's scientific explorations were virtually unknown during his lifetime, despite their extraordinarily wide range. He studied the flight patterns of birds to create some of the first human flying machines; designed military weapons and defenses; studied optics, hydraulics, and the workings of the human circulatory system; and created designs... Read more >
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A Life of Picasso
A Life of Picasso
Written by John Richardson
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ISBN: 9780375711497
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A Life of Picasso
The Prodigy, 1881-1906
Written by John Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $30.00

As he magnificently combines meticulous scholarship with irresistible narrative appeal, Richardson draws on his close friendship with Picasso, his own diaries, the collaboration of Picasso's widow Jacqueline, and unprecedented access to Picasso's studio and papers to arrive at a profound understanding of the artist and his work. 800 photos. Read more >
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A Life of Picasso
A Life of Picasso
Written by John Richardson
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ISBN: 9780375711503
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A Life of Picasso
The Cubist Rebel, 1907-1916
Written by John Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $32.50

In The Cubist Rebel, 1907–1916, the second volume of his Life of Picasso, John Richardson reveals the young Picasso in the Baudelairean role of “the painter of modern life”—a role that stipulated the brothel as the noblest subject for a modern artist. Hence his great breakthrough painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, with... Read more >
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Matisse the Master
Matisse the Master
Written by Hilary Spurling
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ISBN: 9780375711534
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Matisse the Master
A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954
Written by Hilary Spurling


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
On Sale: October 2, 2007
Price: $25.95

“If my story were ever to be written down truthfully from start to finish, it would amaze everyone,” wrote Henri Matisse. It is hard to believe today that Matisse, whose exhibitions draw huge crowds worldwide, was once almost universally reviled and ridiculed. His response was neither to protest nor to retreat... Read more >
Walker's Way
Walker's Way
Written by Isabelle Storey
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ISBN: 9781576873625
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Walker's Way
My Years with Walker Evans
Written by Isabelle Storey


Format: Hardcover, 220 pages
On Sale: October 1, 2007
Price: $29.95

Walker’s Way: My Years with Walker Evans, Isabelle Storey’s memoir of her ten-year marriage to Walker Evans, is the story of an elegant young woman’s infatuation with a great American artist—with the man himself, with what he stood for aesthetically, and with his artistic and social circle—and how her initial passion... Read more >
Turner
Turner
Written by James Hamilton
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ISBN: 9780812967913
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Turner

Written by James Hamilton


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
On Sale: September 11, 2007
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J.M.W. Turner was a painter whose treatment of light put him squarely in the pantheon of the world’s preeminent artists, but his character was a tangle of fascinating contradictions. While he could be coarse and rude, manipulative, ill-mannered, and inarticulate, he was also generous, questioning, and humane, and he displayed through... Read more >
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Lost History
Lost History
Written by Michael H. Morgan
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ISBN: 9781426200922
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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $26.00

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing modern... Read more >
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A Mirror Garden
A Mirror Garden
Written by Monir Farmanfarmaian and Zara Houshmand
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ISBN: 9780307266972
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A Mirror Garden

Written by Monir Farmanfarmaian and Zara Houshmand


Format: eBook
On Sale: June 12, 2007
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In Persia in 1924, when a child still had to worry about hostile camels in the bazaar and a nanny might spin stories at her pillow until her eyes fell shut, the extraordinary and irresistible Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian was born. From the enchanted basement storeroom where she played as a girl... Read more >
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The Clarks of Cooperstown
The Clarks of Cooperstown
Written by Nicholas Fox Weber
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ISBN: 9780307263476
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The Clarks of Cooperstown

Written by Nicholas Fox Weber


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $35.00

Nicholas Fox Weber, author of the acclaimed Patron Saints (“Exhilarating avant-garde entertainment”—Sam Hunter, The New York Times Book Review) and Balthus (“The authoritative account of his life and work”—Michael Ravitch, Newsday), gives us now the idiosyncratic lives of Sterling and Stephen Clark—two of America’s greatest art collectors, heirs to the Singer... Read more >
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Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall
Written by Jonathan Wilson
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ISBN: 9780805242010
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Marc Chagall

Written by Jonathan Wilson


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $19.95

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

Novelist and critic Jonathan Wilson clears away the sentimental mists surrounding an artist whose career spanned two world wars, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust, and the birth of the State of Israel. Marc Chagall’s work addresses these transforming events, but his ambivalence about his role as... Read more >
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Goya
Goya
Written by Robert Hughes
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ISBN: 9780375711282
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Goya

Written by Robert Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
On Sale: November 7, 2006
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Robert Hughes, who has stunned us with comprehensive works on subjects as sweeping and complex as the history of Australia (The Fatal Shore), the modern art movement (The Shock of the New), the nature of American art (American Visions), and the nature of America itself as seen through its art (The... Read more >
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John James Audubon
John James Audubon
Written by Richard Rhodes
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ISBN: 9780375713934
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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $21.00

John James Audubon came to America as a dapper eighteen-year-old eager to make his fortune. He had a talent for drawing and an interest in birds, and he would spend the next thirty-five years traveling to the remotest regions of his new country–often alone and on foot–to render his avian subjects... Read more >
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de Kooning
de Kooning
Written by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
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ISBN: 9780375711169
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de Kooning
An American Master
Written by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
On Sale: April 4, 2006
Price: $32.50

Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, a true “painter’s painter” whose protean work continues to inspire many artists. In the thirties and forties, along with Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock, he became a key figure in the revolutionary American movement of abstract expressionism... Read more >
The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects
The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects
Written by Giorgio Vasari, Translated by Gaston du C. de Vere, Introduction by Philip Jacks
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The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects

Written by Giorgio Vasari
Translated by Gaston du C. de Vere
Introduction by Philip Jacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $14.95

A painter and architect in his own right, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) achieved immortality for this book on the lives of his fellow Renaissance artists, first published in Florence in 1550. Although he based his work on a long tradition of biographical writing, Vasari infused these literary portraits with a decidedly modern... Read more >
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Will Eisner: A Spirited Life
Will Eisner: A Spirited Life
Written by Bob Andelman, Illustrated by Will Eisner
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ISBN: 9781595820112
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Will Eisner: A Spirited Life

Written by Bob Andelman
Illustrated by Will Eisner


Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
On Sale: November 15, 2005
Price: $14.95

This beautifully illustrated biography explores the fascinating life of Will Eisner, detailing a career that exceeds six decades in which Eisner spearheaded the cause of comics for adult readers and created the first widely accepted graphic novel, A Contract with God. Eisner's influence has been felt by such diverse talents as... Read more >
The Unknown Matisse
The Unknown Matisse
Written by Hilary Spurling
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ISBN: 9780375711336
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The Unknown Matisse

Written by Hilary Spurling


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $29.95

Henri Matisse is one of the masters of twentieth-century art and a household word to millions of people who find joy and meaning in his light-filled, colorful images--yet, despite all the books devoted to his work, the man himself has remained a mystery. Now, in the hands of the superb biographer... Read more >
Zara's Tales
Zara's Tales
Written by Peter Beard
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780679426592
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Zara's Tales
Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa
Written by Peter Beard


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
On Sale: November 23, 2004
Price: $26.95

From adventurer, explorer, photographer, writer, pied piper Peter Beard—eleven irresistible tales, told to his daughter in his tented encampment at Hog Ranch, Kenya, about life, about living, about Africa.

He writes of the East African hills he came to know so well over four decades, where time slows to infinity in a... Read more >
John James Audubon
John James Audubon
Written by Richard Rhodes
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ISBN: 9780375414121
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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $30.00

From the Pulitzer Prize—winning historian Richard Rhodes, the first major biography of John James Audubon in forty years, and the first to illuminate fully the private and family life of the master illustrator of the natural world.

Rhodes shows us young Audubon arriving in New York from France in 1803, his... Read more >
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