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British Architectural Styles

by Trevor Yorke

Here is a compact and useful guide, filled with detailed and original drawings, to help put a date to the variety of period buildings we see around us. It covers an immense range of structures and styles from...


The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art

by David Lewis-Williams

The breathtakingly beautiful art created deep inside the caves of western Europe has the power to dazzle even the most jaded observers. Emerging from the narrow underground passages into the chambers of caves...


The Ruins of Choqquequirau

by Hiram Jr. Bingham

Hiram Bingham (1875 - 1956) was an academic, explorer, treasure hunter and politician from the United States. He obtained degrees from Yale, UCLA Berkeley, and a PhD. from Harvard. He taught history and politics...


The Architecture of Use: Aesthetics and Function in Architectural Design

by Stephen Grabow & Kent Spreckelmeyer

By analyzing ten examples of buildings that embody the human experience at an extraordinary level, this book clarifies the central importance of the role of function in architecture as a generative force in...


Tate Introductions: Mir

by Iria Candela

The bright colours and graphic strength of paintings by Joan Miro have made him an immensely popular modern painter, but the artist would have been extremely disappointed to see his work treated as little more...


The Castles of Britain and Ireland

by Rodney Castleden

To many, medieval castles are the essence of Britain and Ireland's fascinating past. Immersed in history and centuries old, each one tells a story of Kings, Queens and feuding lords; war and bloody conflict;...


Contemporary Art and the Cosmopolitan Imagination

by Marsha Meskimmon

Contemporary Art and the Cosmopolitan Imagination offers a challenging new direction in the current literature on cosmopolitanism, globalisation and art.


The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty

by Alexander Lee

A fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of the sordid, hidden world behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more 

Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic...


For the Record: The First Women in Canadian Architecture

by Joan Grierson

A fascinating illustrated history that profiles of the women who graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto, 1920-60.


Renaissance Art: A Beginner's Guide

by Tom Nichols

The 15th century saw the evolution of a distinct and powerfully influential European culture. But what does the familiar phrase “Renaissance Art” actually describe? Through engaging discussion of timeless...


Postmodernism: A Beginner's Guide

by Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart introduces the reader to all of the major figures and issues in the field, including Derrida, Baudrillard and Foucault, as well as explaining what makes a thinker or writer postmodern.


Art Deco

by Eric Knowles

Although most associated with the 1920s and 30s, Art Deco began in France prior to World War I. During the interwar years the style evolved and was adopted by an international elite set as the perfect expression...


Manhattan Moves Uptown: An Illustrated History

by Charles Lockwood

This fascinating chronicle traces New York City's growth from Wall Street at the end of the Revolutionary War to Harlem at the turn of the twentieth century. Documenting the frantic construction and speculative...


19th-Century Art: A Beginner's Guide

by Laurie Schneider Adams

Munch’s The Scream. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Rodin’s The Thinker. Monet’s Water Lilies. Constable’s landscapes. The 19th century gave us a wealth of artistic riches so memorable in their genius that...


Creating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s

by Michael Fallon

Conceived as a challenge to long-standing conventional wisdom, Creating the Future is a work of social history/cultural criticism that examines the premise that the progress of art in Los Angeles ceased during...


Prefab Homes

by Elisabeth Blanchet

In 1944, Winston Churchill promised to manufacture up to 500,000 prefabricated bungalows to ease the housing shortage after the Second World War. Made in factories, over 156,000 temporary "prefabs" of a few...


Lost Auburn: A Village Remembered in Period Photographs

by Ralph Draughon, Delos Hughes & Ann Pearson

Lost Auburn: A Village Remembered in Period Photographs offers a dynamic record of the buildings that once stood in Auburn, Alabama, which have fallen to natural disaster, war, poverty, and neglect, and to what...


Architecture and the Welfare State

by Mark Swenarton, Tom Avermaete & Dirk van den Heuvel

In the decades following World War Two, and in part in response to the Cold War, governments across Western Europe set out ambitious programmes for social welfare and the redistribution of wealth that aimed...


Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery

by Cynthia Mills

Beyond Grief explores high-style funerary sculptures and their functions during the turn of the twentieth century. Many scholars have overlooked these monuments, viewing them as mere oddities, a part of an individual...


Sanctioning Modernism: Architecture and the Making of Postwar Identities

by Vladimir Kuli, Timothy Parker & Monica Penick

In the decades following World War II, modern architecture spread around the globe alongside increased modernization, urbanization, and postwar reconstruction-and it eventually won widespread acceptance. But...