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    Contact Us Privacy Policy Donate Now Home Join the ICAA Today Classicist Blog E Announcements Twitter Facebook RSS Feed Publications Bookshop Books Sponsored by the ICAA Tenth Anniversary Exhibition Catalogue By ICAA Southern California In 2014 the Institute of Classical Architecture Art s Southern California Chapter celebrated its Tenth Anniversary with the exhibition Idea Manifestation The Tenth Anniversary Exhibition Catalogue features forty acclaimed architects designers and artists giving a rare glimpse into how design ideas germinate are carefully nurtured and become manifest as finished product To purchase a copy please call 212 730 9646 ext 105 A Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture By Mauch and Normand ed Donald M Rattner An excellent resource for the designer this volume presents a multitude of beautifully drawn examples in all of the classical orders from antiquity to the eighteenth century and allows close study and comparison of their proportions and ornamental detail Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com A Decade of Art and Architecture 1992 2002 By the Editors of The Classicist This pioneering volume offers an international overview of the revival of classical architecture and design since the founding of the Institute in 1991 Profusely illustrated the book showcases the work of architects painters sculptors and designers many of whom are members friends or faculty of the ICAA who have given new life to the great mainstream tradition of Western art Includes an introduction by Robert A M Stern Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Canon of the Five Orders of Architecture By Giacomo Barrozzi da Vignola Branko Mitrovic Editor Before The American Vignola there was the original Vignola whose renaissance treatise has been among the most influential architectural books of all time Vignola s work has proved to be the

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    the 19th century The Beaux Arts tradition came to have a lasting effect on architectural training and thus the story of its formation and changes is an important one The Beaux Arts Tradition in French Architecture gives the history and theory of this famed school discussing points such as its founding its influences from classical thought the shifts in ideology it experienced and the separation of the architecture school in 1968 Donald G Egbert s book is the most comprehensive study of the Ecole in English to date Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Palladio s Architecture and its Influence By Joseph Farber and H H Reed The work of Andrea Palladio 1508 1580 is examined in this illustrated book which shows and describes twenty nine of his villas palazzos and churches Additionally the book contains images and descriptions of thirty seven additional buildings in Britain and America that were influenced by Palladio s architecture including work by architects Inigo Jones Thomas Jefferson and more The guide includes captioned images of exteriors and interiors along with a full text by notable architectural historian Henry Hope Reed Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Edwardian Civic Buildings and their Details By Richard Fellows The many influences on Edwardian architects including new methods and techniques a mixture of tradition and progress as well as the influence of the arts and crafts movement are here analyzed in this engaging study of a unique period in design This book shows how the civic qualities most admired in Edwardian architecture were achieved in order to encourage those engaged in the process of building design and procurement to recapture the spirit if not the style of the period around the turn of the century Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Infinite Measure Learning to Design in Geometric Harmony with Art Architecture and Nature By Rachel Fletcher Infinite Measure is both a creative workbook and an authoritative reference guide for teachers students and practitioners of design including architecture interior design landscape architecture painting sculpture graphics stage design and any of the crafts even musical instrument making It is beautifully designed giving step by step instructions Beginning in geometrical principles expressed mathematically and philosophically Fletcher provides visual designers with geometric methods for composing harmonious spaces and places The book treats both classical and modern design examples organized by the geometrical principles they embody offering the possibility of a new single narrative based on timeless principles Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method By Sir Banister Fletcher In the words of Sir Banister Fletcher The study of architecture opens up the enjoyment of buildings with an appreciation of their purpose meaning and charm These words aptly summarize what this fully illustrated and enduring classic has become for generations of students and architects Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Beaux Arts Architecture in New York By E Gillon and H H Reed This photographic guide to Beaux Arts architecture in New York City chronicles the city s Beaux Arts buildings including famous structures like the New York Stock Exchange and Grand Central Terminal alongside often overlooked but equally as stunning Beaux Arts structures like the approach to the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown The book is organized by location of buildings throughout the city starting at the southern tip of Manhattan proceeding northwards and ending with the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum Building of the New York Botanical Gardens The guide contains copious amounts of black and white photographs to accompany historical and descriptive text Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Old Way of Seeing By Jonathan Hale The old way of seeing is a phrase Jonathan Hale coins as being a way of designing that since around 1830 has been lost to most design being created today The result of this loss is that the built environment we live in is lacking in beauty and full of superficiality and symbols In this book Hale explains the principles lost that make old buildings appealing In his manifesto for good design Hale attempts to put designers back on the track to meaningful design the creation of lively and pleasing places Hale is an architect and critic located outside of Boston Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture By Cyril M Harris This massive compendium by a noted architectural historian contains over 2000 line drawings and clear concise definitions for over 5000 important terms relating to the architectural achievements of a great variety of world cultures ancient to modern It includes cutaway views close ups of intricate details and precisely rendered plans for many important structures Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Pencil Points Reader A Compendium By G Hartman et al editors The legendary magazine Pencil Points was first published in 1920 to track Classicism and as time went by became a recording of Classicism s reaction to the rise of Modernism as well as an account of the changing role of the architect Pencil Points Reader provides an interesting account of the classical mode of thought in the first half of the 20th century This includes the journal s most important essays alongside beautiful architectural drawings and photographs that were featured in the magazine during its 23 year long run after which it became part of Progressive Architecture Pencil Points would be a great addition to anyone interested in the history of the architect and the classical tradition in the first half of the 20th century Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Lost Meaning of Classical Architecture Speculations on Ornament from Vitruvius to Venturi By George Hersey The author contends that philology and formalism have drained architecture of much of its poetry By analyzing this poetry the tropes founded on the Greek terms for ornamental detail he reconstructs a classical theory about the origin and meaning of the orders one that links them to ancient sacrificial ritual and myth His touchstone is Vitruvius author of the only surviving classical treatise on architecture whose stories about Dorus Ion and the Corinthian maiden describe the orders as records or remembrances of sacrifice Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Masterpieces of American Architecture By Hoak Church From the golden age of American architecture this splendid survey documents scores of masterpieces built between 1900 and 1930 Designs of the highest quality and most originality represent the greatest achievements in memorials museums churches and more Each structure is introduced with notes from its architect Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Birth of a Virginia Plantation House The Design and Building of Bremo By Peter Hodson Birth of a Virginia Plantation House The Design and Building of Bremo examines the origins of one of America s most beautiful and influential plantation houses but it also captures a unique moment in the evolution of American culture when the new nation began to advance its own increasingly independent ideas about architecture and design Peter Hodson untangles and corrects the record as to those responsible for creating the 1815 1820 plantation house on the banks of the James River in Virginia Then he constructs a poignant narrative drawn from General Cocke s diary correspondence invoices and other documents to show the complexity of such a construction project and the real life impact it had on the patron his family and the craftsmen involved Finally Calder Loth editor of the volume adds his own essay unlocking the patternbook origins of many of Bremo s interior motifs In the process he shows the central role played by one of America s pioneering architectural patternbooks This book is available for purchase from the Center for Palladian Studies in America Inc Click here to download the order form Adventures With Old Houses By Richard Hampton Jenrette Former investment banker Richard Jenrette discusses his passion for the restoration of old homes in this work This love has led him to engage in restoration projects of many of his own homes in a desire to return them to their original glory with the appropriate art furniture and decoration Jenerette talks about his influences and how his desire for restoration started with his purchase of the home Edgewater on the Hudson River The book includes many color photographs of Jenerette s homes and a forward by Prince Charles of the United Kingdom lauding Jenerette s work It is an entertaining read and good buy for those interested in the preservation of old homes Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com A Treasury of Fine Construction Design By Philip G Knoblock One hundred and four plates were collected from prominent architects and architecture firms of the early 20th century by author Philip G Knoblock resulting in this magnificent book Aptly named A Treasury of Fine Construction Design showcases some of the period s best firms like McKim Mead White and Carriere Hastings along with others The images include details of specific construction features in the classical style including doorways windows stairs moldings cornices fireplaces and other elements of interior and exterior construction This book is a unique and helpful item that is sure to impress Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Architectural Composition By Rob Krier At the height of the academic or Beaux Arts period in Western architecture books on architectural composition abounded spreading the gospel of academic design from Paris to the hinterlands This book harkens back to this period parsing its approach into discrete operations and elements based on tested precedent Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Architecture of the Old South By Mills Lane The foremost author writing about the architecture of America s South has produced a series of seven volumes covering individual states This volume contains the series highpoints lavishly illustrated with color photographs and numerous period drawings and watercolors Organized chronologically through the Romantic styles of the mid 19th century the book provides stunning examples from each period and region ranging from modest frontier cabins to sumptuous state capitals Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Edifices De Rome Moderne By Paul Marie Letarouilly Letarouilly s original folio edition has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural books ever published Meticulously drafted plans elevations profiles and perspective views in this compact reprint edition document the buildings of Renaissance Rome like no other book before or since Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Historic Houses of the Hudson River Valley By Gregory Long From the homes of the early settlers to the estates of the landed gentry of the eighteenth century and the baronial mansions of the captains of industry of the nineteenth century the Hudson River Valley boasts some of the finest houses in America In newly taken photographs this sumptuous volume presents 33 exemplary or historically important houses in the region Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape By Carl R Lounsbury Covering the full range of building in the early South from 1607 to the 1820s this glossary is the first book of its kind to identify and define the language of building during this formative period of architectural development Abundantly illustrated with over 300 photographs and drawings it also defines more than 1 500 terms ranging from building types to methods of construction Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com A Field Guide to American Houses By Virginia and Lee Macalester Thirty nine fact filled chapters describe the identifying features and historic significance of American dwellings Hundreds of black and white photographs and detailed drawings illustrate building types ranging from Native American folk houses to geodesic domes An accompanying narrative explains the historic development of each style featured Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Hadrian s Villa Its Legacy By William L MacDonald Hadrian s Villa constructed between 118 and c 130 CE near Tivoli Italy is one of the greatest classical villas from Roman times in existence today Through in depth analysis architectural historians William MacDonlad and John Pinto describe the multitude of architectural sculptural and artistic features of this expansive complex They then go further to cite the influence Hadrian s Villa had on later structures built This beautiful and excellent book includes thirty images to accompany the well written text Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Pantheon Design Meaning Progeny By William L MacDonald The Pantheon in Rome is one of the grand architectural statements of all ages This richly illustrated book isolates the reasons for its extraordinary impact on Western architecture discussing the Pantheon as a building in its time but also as a building for all time Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Lost Plantations of the South By Marc R Matrana The historic architecture of the south especially domestic architecture has not fared as well as some of its northern counterparts Today many of the grand houses of the south have been lost as a result of war disaster neglect or change in fashion This book revives many of those great homes through photographs diary entries letters architectural drawings and other documents Author Marc R Matrana tells the story of 60 lost plantations of the south in this beautiful testament to southern architecture and argument for care and preservation Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Timeless Cities An Architect s Reflections on Renaissance Italy By David Mayernik Over the course of a thousand years the urban realm in Italy was the theater where the best civic aspirations were played out The author reveals how Rome Venice Florence Siena and Pienza emerged from the cultural ideas of humanism that characterized Italian society from late antiquity to the eighteenth century Taking the reader on a tour of these five cities he describes the cultural beliefs and ideas behind the buildings in the course of which he explains why these city building ideas remain relevant today Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Learning from Palladio By Branko Mitrovic Even when Modernism dimmed interest in classical architecture Palladio s opus never ceased to attract attention This book sets his work in context It discusses the theory of the orders proportions spatial composition and facade design This material is presented for practicing architects and students so that the ideas can be applied in their architectural work today Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Mediterranean Domestic Architecture in the United States By Rexford Newcomb Marc Appleton editor American architecture has been influenced by Spanish and Italian motifs since the early days of the Republic Spanish Colonial architecture in particular made its way into the southern reaches of the United States Rexford Newcomb selected some of the finest American houses in this Mediterranean style to illustrate his 1928 survey which focuses on 77 estates and residences and one hotel Each building is illustrated by plan and photographs Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Bearers of Meaning The Classical Orders in Antiquity the Middle Ages and the Renaissance By John Onians From their first appearance in ancient Greece through their codification in Renaissance Italy the orders were made to serve expressive purposes engaging the viewer in a continuing visual dialogue Today as classical fundamentals are being sought as a refuge from the disordered philosophies of the recent past this book provides a welcome and lively illustrated account of the range of meanings that Western culture has assigned to the classical orders Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Four Books of Architecture By Andrea Palladio As one of the first Neo Classical architects Andrea Palladio revived a style known only in the ruins of Rome His treatise on architecture Il Quattro Libri dell Architecttura was first published in 1750 in Venice and set forth the new rules for architecture This action and the eventual spread of this book throught the western world caused Palladio to become one of the most influential architects in the history of Classicism up till today Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Empire Stylebook of Interior Design By Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine Charles Percier 1746 1838 and Pierre Fontaine 1762 1853 friends from their days as students exhibit the Empire Style with seventy two line drawings of interiors and notes Largely a result of their invention and promotion the Empire Style came to be the most popular style of design in France during the reign of Napoleon I who commissioned work by the two designers This book is the authoritative text on this subject This new edition reprinted from the rare 1812 version includes a contemporary introduction statement and an essay by the two architects Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Home A Short History of An Idea By Witold Rybczynski In a loosely configured essay Professor Rybczynski a member of the ICAA s Council of Advisors discusses the idea of comfort and the Western cultural attitudes that have shaped it since the end of the middle ages He reviews such cultural variables as intimacy and privacy domesticity ease and ideas about light air and efficiency as they have changed over time Rybczynski s plea for the primacy of cultural ideals as a basis for creating psychologically comfortable homes is a refreshing counterpoint to the quasi theoretical positions which diminish much architectural discourse today Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Perfect House A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio By Witold Rybczynski One of the most

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    By Michael C Kathrens Richard C Marchand Eleanor Weller Trumbauer s elegant mansions represent the ultimate expression of a nation s ambition for grandeur and supremacy This monograph documents a prodigious body of work that graced both the exclusive enclaves of Newport Rhode Island and Philadelphia s Main Line as well as the vaunted precincts of New York s Fifth Avenue and Washington DC s Embassy Row Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Carrere Hastings Architects By Kate Lemos William Morrison et al The beaux arts influence of Carrere and Hastings the firm of John Merven Carrere 1858 1911 and Thomas Hastings 1860 1929 is a lasting one especially in New York where they built many of their buildings This two volume book is extremely comprehensive it displays projects by the firm built all around the world from Vancouver to Rome The elegant set of books includes 722 pages 800 duotone photographs and 7 fold out plates The first volume focuses on the firm s biography and its urban designs The second focuses on rural residences institutional buildings and landscapes Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com American Houses The Architecture of Fairfax Sammons By Mary Miers Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons are at the forefront of a movement among architects drawing inspiration from the wellspring of classical architecture committed to both tradition and innovation Their work reflects and adheres to long held theories of proportion and order passed down through past generations of scholarship and practice This monograph showcases some of the most refined and elegant classically inspired residences of the last decade in America Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Edward Vason Jones 1909 1980 Architect Connoisseur Collector By William R Mitchell Jr Edward Vason Jones a self educated Georgia neoclassical architect completed work which includes the first renovations to the Department of State Reception Rooms renovations to the White House during several administrations and residential projects east of the Mississippi This monograph explores his career and interests in architecture and the allied arts Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Architecture of Warren Wetmore By Peter Pennoyer Anne Walker This is the most complete and up to date monograph of the prestigious architecture practice Warren Wetmore most active in the first three decades of the twentieth century and remembered most today for their emblematic Grand Central Terminal The well illustrated book chronicles the expansive and rich collection of projects by the firm built mostly in the New York Area Eve M Kahn of Clem Labine s Traditional Building writes that the book interweaves architectural and urban analysis and biographies a colorful tale of personalities clashing and a tragic tale of buildings razed Peter Pennoyer is the principle architect of the renowned traditional and classical architecture firm that goes by his name Anne Walker is a writer and graduate of Columbia University s masters program in historic preservation Click for more information or

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    Romans and analyzes the various urban forms cities took depending on their functions As with volume one volume two provides this information along with fantastic illustration Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Architecture of the Roman Empire Vol 1 By William L MacDonald The Architecture of the Roman Empire Vo 1 is an expansive book that chronicles the architecture of ancient Rome in extreme detail The major monuments of the great empire are analyzed in both their form and symbolic meanings This analysis is supplemented with detailed and descriptive illustrations plans and diagrams The book is an essential reference source to the architecture of classical Rome Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn By Francis Morrone Franics Morrone s book on the amazing architecture of New York City s largest borough is the most comprehensive book on its subject and is written strongly from the perspective of an architectural traditionalist Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Urban Villages The Making of Community By Peter Neal Editor Prince Charles wrote the foreword for this compendium of essays expressing the aims of Britain s Urban Villages movement seeking to build ecologically sustainable villages with vibrant community life Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The City as A Work of Art London Paris Vienna By Donald J Olsen This instant classic of urban history provides detailed analyses of urbanism and the urban experience in 19th century London Paris and Vienna No better book on the subject is likely ever to be written Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Forum of Trajan in Rome By James E Packer This abridge guide to Trajan s Forum is the best and most concise publication on the famous Roman site Despite the site s destruction due to two earthquakes and later quarrying for marble careful research over the course of 176 years has provided this book with the most accurate reconstruction of the buildings at the forum to date The Forum of Trajan in Rome is well illustrated with 158 images of depictions of the Forum s original condition visible ruins and earlier reconstructions along with the current reconstruction in thirteen color figures Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Idea Of A Town Urban form in Rome By Joseph Rykwert In this book Joseph Rykwert looks back at the ancient form of the Roman town to show how it can inform and enrich the town of the 20th century Rykwert does this by identifying elements of the ancient town that still exist and have extreme relevance today such as public open space visible institutions and texture Rykwert takes this a step further by suggesting the design of these early towns was a part of a divine ceremonial rite carried out by early mystics Spiro Kostoff writes in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians It

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    of Art and Life Matila Ghyka explains how nature is not random All things are guided by concepts of ratio proportion geometries the Golden Section and other mathematical forms which give all things regularity and harmony Ghyka transforms aesthetics into mathematics and in turn explains the reasons why things are deemed esthetically pleasing Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Harmonies of Heaven and Earth By Joscelyn Godwin Joscelyn Godwin professor of the Colgate University Music Department puts forth his thesis that the universe we inhabit is a harmonious one guided by divine and scientific laws of proportion To support this idea Godwin presents musical theories starting with the harmony of the spheres of Pythagoras and continues to examine musical theory till the beginning of the 20th century Godwin ends the book in a chapter with his own speculations on harmonies and musical theory These high minded theories may seem complicated to understand but Godwin does a good job of breaking them down so that they are easy enough to comprehend Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Pythagorean Sourcebook By Ken Guthrie Pythagoras was one of the first great Greek philosophers In this book writings about Pythagoras by his biographers as well as his students and contemporaries relate much of what is known about the ancient philosopher This anthology is the largest collection of Pythagorean writing and deals with topics such as ethics cosmology geometry mathematics music architecture arts logic and others Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Elements of Dynamic Symmetry By Jay Hambridge Jay Hambridge 1867 1924 was an artist who through his study of classical art and architecture became convinced that the study of arithmetic and geometry was the basis on which all art of a classical nature derived Elements of Dynamic Symmetry describes his theory that the beauty of Greek design was the result of mathematical theories of growth in nature and man such as the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci series Habmridge asserts that rather than formulating a new theory he has recovered a lost technique Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Divine Proportion By H E Huntley In this book professor Huntley attempts to relate mathematics to everyday life in the complex society we live in Geometry is related to aesthetics using simple but powerful formulas and ideas like Pythagoras theorem Dr J Bronowski of the Salk Institute writes it wanders here and there through some of the most attractive byways of simple mathematics returning always to the oddities and pleasures of the Golden Section Huntley asks why in this book on mathematics and the universe it contains 59 diagrams Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Theology of Arithmetic By Iamblichus Iamblichus 245 325 The Theology of Arithmetic is the longest work on number theory from the ancient world that still exists today A follower of Neo Platonist thought Iamblichus sought to

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    The Hudson River Valley School Classicist A Decade of Art Architecture The Forum the Newsletter of the Institute Classical America Series in Art and Architecture The Institute Series of Architectural Books Habitat Pattern Book Membership Chapters About Us Press Sponsorship Contact Us Privacy Policy Donate Now Home Join the ICAA Today Classicist Blog E Announcements Twitter Facebook RSS Feed Publications Bookshop No books in this category at this time 20

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    Join the ICAA Today Classicist Blog E Announcements Twitter Facebook RSS Feed Publications Bookshop Interiors The National Trust Book of the English House Interior By Geoffrey Beard A selected overview of the interiors of some of Britain s most important period houses Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Elements of Style By Stephen Calloway Calloway s hefty neatly organized encyclopedia of interior architectural details organized by style has proven an indispensable reference for many traditional architects Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Federal Style Patterns 1780 1820 with CD By Marybeth Mudrick Federal Style Patterns 1780 1820 is a pattern source book to Federal style ornament and detailing in architecture This style was at its prime between 1780 and 1820 and most popular in New England The book is organized by design element for example cornice mantles fences etc An additional CD includes various formats of all the drawings featured in the book Clem Labine s Period Homes writes Those seeking guidance or inspiration in creating historically accurate Federal style architectural elements need look no further Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Fabrics and Wallpapers for Historic Buildings By Jane C Nylander Wallpapers and fabrics were essential design elements during the 18th and 19th centuries dramatically affecting the mood and grandeur of a room Fabrics and Wallpapers for Historic Buildings is a catalog of American fabrics and wallpapers from those periods The unique book includes over 1 000 wallpaper patterns and more than 600 fabric patterns with ad vice on how and where to use them It is an essential for those looking to restore or research period homes Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Authentic Decor By Peter Thornton This vast sumptuously

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    to purchase on Amazon com Neo Classicism By Hugh Honour Hugh Honour describes Neo Classicism in the artistic movement in this volume Honour surveys painters from the 18th to 20th centuries His writing is clear and graceful a definite aide when it comes to books about art history Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Costumes of the Greeks and Romans By Thomas Hope Thomas Hope 1769 1831 was a Dutch and British merchant and banker whose collection of ancient art led him to become an expert in Greek and Roman design and style In this book Hope carefully copied over 700 illustrations incorporated into over 300 engravings depicting the dress of Greeks and Romans from all walks of life From priests and priestesses to peasants and emperors the range of this book is amazing it even includes the dress of different regions and eras The intense thoroughness makes the book in invaluable resource to costume designers and art directors interested in the classical era Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Michelangelo and the Pope s Ceiling By Ross King The Sistine Chapel s ceiling is one of the most recognizable artistic works of history This riveting book tells the dramatic tale behind the fresco s creation in a popular novel like form Topics from intrigue of the Papal Court of Pope Julius II to the competition Michelangelo had to endure from the younger artist Raphael are covered This book is a fascinating read and includes 16 color and 13 black and white images Ross King is author of similar books Brunelleschi s Dome and The Judgment of Paris among others Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com American Furniture Understanding Styles Construction Quality By John T Kirk The author a professor of art history at Boston University provides a systematic historical treatise on American furniture both high style and vernacular with equal emphasis upon aesthetic style construction methods and functional quality Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com The Artist s Handbook of Materials and Techniques By Ralph Mayer Called the artist s bible by American Art Magazine The Artist s Handbook has been an indispensible reference book for artists since the date of its publishing in 1940 Instruction on various artistic methods is provided through text and line drawings Additionally an extensive index makes looking up specificities extremely easy Ralph Mayer was a teacher at Columbia University s School of Painting for twenty years Click for more information or to purchase on Amazon com Domus Wall Painting in the Roman House By Donnatella Mazzoleni This lavish book includes 350 color images of the frescoed walls of 28 Italian villas of the first few centuries of the first millennium The book even includes three fold outs that replicate the texture of the walls presented The book s authors describe the images and in two essays expand on the links between Roman Architecture and the painted illusionistic

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