Drawings by Michelangelo (The Great Masters of Drawing)
American Drawings: The 20th Century
Chinese Paintings XI-XIV Centuries
Reproduced in this book are twenty eight Chinese paintings dating from what is generally acclaimed as the peak period of this art, the Sung and Yuan dynasties, from the tenth to the fourteenth centuries. Eighteen of the plates are in color. The pictures are chosen, for the most part, from Japanese collections, and include many which have been treasured for centuries in Buddhist temples. Especially well represented are the paintings of the Southern Sung imperial academy flowers, birds, animals, figures, landscapes and the works of the great Ch’an (Zen) Buddhist priest painters of the late Sung period, whose swift and spontaneous creations in black ink appeal so powerfully to the modern Western temperament.
Roelof van Straten
An Introduction to Iconography: Symbols, Allusions and Meaning in the Visual Arts (Documenting the Image)
Available for the first time in English, ‘An Introduction to Iconography’ explains the ways that artists use references and allusions to create meaning. The book presents the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of iconography and ICONCLASS, the comprehensive iconographical indexing system developed by Henri van de Waal. It gives particular emphasis to the history of iconography, personification, allegory, and symbols, and the literary sources that inform iconographic readings, and includes annotated bibliographies of books and journal articles from around the world that are associated with iconographic research.
The author of numerous articles and a four-volume reference work on Italian prints, Roelof van Straten is currently working on an iconographic index covering the prints of Goltzius and his school.
‘…a very useful and astonishingly comprehensive little handbook. It is a model in clarity, excellently organized, and also graphically very clear.’.
–Wolfgang M. Freitag of Harvard University
The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry