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Kenneth Clark

Kenneth Clark Author James Stourton
ISBN-10 9780385351164
Release 2016-11-01
Pages 496
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The definitive biography of this brilliant polymath--director of the National Gallery, author, patron of the arts, social lion, and singular pioneer of television--that also tells the story of the arts in the twentieth century through his astonishing life. Kenneth Clark's thirteen-part 1969 television series, Civilisation, established him as a globally admired figure. Clark was prescient in making this series: the upheavals of the century, the Cold War among others, convinced him of the power of barbarism and the fragility of culture. He would burnish his image with two memoirs that artfully omitted the more complicated details of his life. Now, drawing on a vast, previously unseen archive, James Stourton reveals the formidable intellect and the private man behind the figure who effortlessly dominated the art world for more than half a century: his privileged upbringing, his interest in art history beginning at Oxford, his remarkable early successes. At 27 he was keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean in Oxford and at 29, the youngest director of The National Gallery. During the war he arranged for its entire collection to be hidden in slate mines in Wales and organized packed concerts of classical music at the Gallery to keep up the spirits of Londoners during the bombing. WWII helped shape his belief that art should be brought to the widest audience, a social and moral position that would inform the rest of his career. Television became a means for this message when he was appointed the first chairman of the Independent Television Authority. Stourton reveals the tortuous state of his marriage during and after the war, his wife's alcoholism, and the aspects of his own nature that he worked to keep hidden. A superb work of biography, Kenneth Clark is a revelation of its remarkable subject.

Kenneth Clark Life Art and Civilisation

Kenneth Clark  Life  Art and Civilisation Author James Stourton
ISBN-10 9780007493432
Release 2016-09-22
Pages 496
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Civilisation Author Kenneth Clark
ISBN-10 9781473616721
Release 2015-04-16
Pages 272
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Kenneth Clark's sweeping narrative looks at how Western Europe evolved in the wake of the collapse of the Roman Empire, to produce the ideas, books, buildings, works of art and great individuals that make up our civilisation. The author takes us from Iona in the ninth century to France in the twelfth, from Florence to Urbino, from Germany to Rome, England, Holland and America. Against these historical backgrounds he sketches an extraordinary cast of characters -- the men and women who gave new energy to civilisation and expanded our understanding of the world and of ourselves. He also highlights the works of genius they produced -- in architecture, sculpture and painting, in philosophy, poetry and music, and in science and engineering, from Raphael's School of Athens to the bridges of Brunel.

Landscape Into Art

Landscape Into Art Author Kenneth Clark
ISBN-10 9781406728248
Release 2007-03-01
Pages 272
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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Kenneth Clark

Kenneth Clark Author Chris Stephens
ISBN-10 1849762600
Release 2014-11-11
Pages 160
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Art historian, collector, museum director and broadcaster, Kenneth Clark was one of the leading cultural figures in Britain in the midtwentieth century. Accompanying a major exhibition, this book considers all aspects of his life and work, including his television career that climaxed in the landmark series ' Civilisation'. After a period of neglect, there is now considerable interest in Clark among academics, publishers and broadcasters. As well as providing new research and information on Clark, the book is a significant intervention into histories of modern British art.0Exhibition: Tate Britain, London, UK (19.5.-10.8.2014).

The Nude A Study in Ideal Form

The Nude  A Study in Ideal Form Author Kenneth Clark
ISBN-10 9781400866823
Release 2015-02-17
Pages 480
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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.

British Embassies

British Embassies Author James Stourton
ISBN-10 071123860X
Release 2017-10-05
Pages 352
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A unique and glamorous book about British Imperial and post-Imperial architecture and a lively and evocative read for anyone interested in the international projection of British power and culture. British Embassies have a special role in our history. They represent our country in bricks and stone and have often expressed – at least in the eyes of foreigners – our national character. Whether they are Lutyens buildings in Washington, grand palaces in Europe, beautiful old colonial buildings in Asia, or secure compounds in the Middle East, they all have stories to tell and reveal the changing face of British diplomacy. A mixture of history, architectural description, diplomacy and anecdote, this large format picture book covers Residences and embassies in twenty-six countries to provide an authoritative text, accompanied by newly commissioned photography.

Roger Fry Art and Life

Roger Fry  Art and Life Author Frances Spalding
ISBN-10 0520041267
Release 1980-01
Pages 304
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Traces the career of the nineteenth-century English art critic and painter, who associated with the Bloomsbury group, Picasso, and Bernard Shaw


Civilization Author Niall Ferguson
ISBN-10 9781101548028
Release 2011-11-01
Pages 432
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Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or “killer applications”—competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic—that the Rest lacked, allowing it to surge past all other competitors. Yet now, Ferguson shows how the Rest have downloaded the killer apps the West once monopolized, while the West has literally lost faith in itself. Chronicling the rise and fall of empires alongside clashes (and fusions) of civilizations, Civilization: The West and the Rest recasts world history with force and wit. Boldly argued and teeming with memorable characters, this is Ferguson at his very best. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Art of Humanism

The Art of Humanism Author Kenneth Clark
ISBN-10 MINN:319510010092997
Release 1983
Pages 189
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Discusses the paintings, drawings, and sculpture of Donatello, Uccello, Alberti, Mantegna, and Botticelli

The Cave Painters

The Cave Painters Author Gregory Curtis
ISBN-10 0307482707
Release 2008-12-10
Pages 288
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The Cave Painters is a vivid introduction to the spectacular cave paintings of France and Spain—the individuals who rediscovered them, theories about their origins, their splendor and mystery. Gregory Curtis makes us see the astonishing sophistication and power of the paintings and tells us what is known about their creators, the Cro-Magnon people of some 40,000 years ago. He takes us through various theories—that the art was part of fertility or hunting rituals, or used for religious purposes, or was clan mythology—examining the ways interpretations have changed over time. Rich in detail, personalities, and history, The Cave Painters is above all permeated with awe for those distant humans who developed—perhaps for the first time—both the ability for abstract thought and a profound and beautiful way to express it. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Looking at Pictures

Looking at Pictures Author Kenneth Clark
ISBN-10 071952704X
Release 1972
Pages 199
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The Entombment (Titian) - Las Meninas (Velasquez) - The Descent from the Cross (Rogier Van Der Weyden) - The Crusaders Entering Constantinople (Delacroix) - The Miraculous Draught of Fishes (Raphael) - L'Enseigne de Gersaint (Watteau) - The Espolio (El Greco) - A painter in his Studio (Vermeer) - Study for The Leaping Horse (Constable) - The Third of May, 1808 (Goya) - Une Baignade, Asnieres (Seurat) - The Snowstorm (Turner) - The Virgin with St. Anne (Leonarda da Vinci) - L'Atelier du Peintre (Courbet) - The Nativity (Botticelli) - Self-Portrait (Rembrandt).

Moments of Vision

Moments of Vision Author Kenneth Clark
ISBN-10 UOM:39015012244649
Release 1981
Pages 191
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A selection of essays by the noted art critic and cultural historian discusses various facets of art, literature, and aesthetics

Feminine beauty

Feminine beauty Author Kenneth Clark
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106008008556
Release 1980
Pages 199
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Feminine beauty has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Feminine beauty also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Feminine beauty book for free.

The Potter s Manual

The Potter s Manual Author Kenneth Clark
ISBN-10 UOM:49015001040188
Release 1983
Pages 208
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A guide to the fundamentals of pottery making includes discussions of materials, glazes, pigments, kilns, firing, and decoration techniques.

Great Houses of London

Great Houses of London Author James Stourton
ISBN-10 0711237220
Release 2015-11-05
Pages 352
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'This lavishly illustrated compendium suggest that the age of elegance endures' Mail on Sunday The great houses of London represent one of the marvels of English architecture and yet they are almost entirely unknown. They are for the most part disguised behind sober facades but their riches within are astonishing. There are many architectural wonders, among them Robert Adam's 20 St James's Square and William Burges's Tower House. Several - including Bridgewater House with its Raphaels and Titians - have held great art collections. These are houses that hold extraordinary stories: half the Cabinet resigned after breakfast at Stratford House; and on 4 August 1914, at 9 Carlton House Terrace, then the German Embassy, young duty clerk Harold Nicholson deftly substituted one declaration of war for another. Great Houses of London opens the door to some of the greatest and grandest houses in the world to tell the stories of their owners and occupants, artists and architects, their restoration, adaptation and change.

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington Author Joanna Moorhead
ISBN-10 9780349008769
Release 2017-04-06
Pages 288
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In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, Prim, who had disappeared many decades earlier, was now a famous artist in Mexico. Although rarely spoken of in her own family (regarded as a black sheep, a wild child; someone they were better off without) in the meantime Leonora Carrington had become a national treasure in Mexico, where she now lived, while her paintings are fetching ever-higher prices at auction today. Intrigued by her story, Joanna set off to Mexico City to find her lost relation. Later she was to return to Mexico ten times more between then and Leonora's death in 2011, sometimes staying for months at a time and subsequently travelling around Britain and through Europe in search of the loose ends of her tale. They spent days talking and reading together, drinking tea and tequila, going for walks and to parties and eating take away pizzas or dining out in her local restaurants as Leonora told Joanna the wild and amazing truth about a life that had taken her from the suffocating existence of a debutante in London via war-torn France with her lover, Max Ernst, to incarceration in an asylum and finally to the life of a recluse in Mexico City. Leonora was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s, a founding member of the Women's Liberation Movement in Mexico during the 1970s and a woman whose reputation will survive not only as a muse but as a novelist and a great artist. This book is the extraordinary story of Leonora Carrington's life, and of the friendship between two women, related by blood but previously unknown to one another, whose encounters were to change both their lives.