The Art of Instruction

Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries


Author: N.A

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452128510

Category: Art

Page: 168

View: 1403

Large-scale wall charts were fundamental tools of classroom instruction throughout Europe in the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Collected here for the first time in one deluxe volume are over 100 of these vintage educational posters now important relics in the history of science, art, and design. From the anatomy of a tulip or an apple tree to that of a hedgehog or starfish, the botanical and zoological images in this collection are captivating with their curious visuals and intricate details. With a compelling introduction about the history of educational charts and their production, The Art of Instruction provides a glimpse into a rich, significant heritage and will enlighten those with an interest in art, design, science, or natural history.

John Derian Picture Book


Author: John Derian

Publisher: Artisan Books

ISBN: 1579656471

Category: Decoration and ornament

Page: 368

View: 7636

John Derian s home goods empire reaches far and wide in addition to the four John Derian stores he owns in New York and Massachussetts, his products are sold by more than 600 retailers worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, ABC, and Gump s in the United States; Conran and Liberty in the UK; and Astier de Villatte in Paris. It all started with his now-iconic collectible plates decoupaged with 19th-century artwork sourced from old and rare books, a process that credited him with elevating the decoupage technique into fine art. Over the past 25 years, the brand has expanded greatly to include home and general design gifts and products. Now, for the first time ever, comes the book John Derian fans have been waiting for. Culled from the thousands of images that have appeared in his biannual collections, here is an astoundingly beautiful assortment of more than 400 full-bleed images in their original form. From intensely colored flowers and birds to curious portraits, hand-drawn letters, and breathtaking landscapes, the best of John Derian is here. The result is an oversized object of desire, a work of art in and of itself, that brilliantly walks the line between commerce and art, and that is destined to become "the "gift book of the season."

Natural Histories

Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library


Author: Tom Baione

Publisher: Sterling Signature

ISBN: 9781454912149

Category: Art

Page: 163

View: 7884

Providing readers with a rare glimpse into one of the largest natural-science libraries in the Western Hemisphere, this fascinating collection of 40 essays from the American Museum of Natural History's top experts discuss the library's seldom-seen, fully illustrated scientific works.

Wall Flower

The World of Botany Through Wall Charts


Author: Anna Laurent

Publisher: Ilex Press

ISBN: 9781781573327


Page: 224

View: 4357

Botanical charts are experiencing a resurgence in interest, both as pieces of art and as objects of scientific and historical significance, and Wall Flower documents this extraordinary convergence of disciplines that flourished in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Europe was enjoying a golden age of botanical illustration, naturalists were exploring the globe, and there was a calamour for knowledge of the natural world. Intellectual curiosity was no longer limited to the few; education was now considered a right afforded to all, in classrooms across the continent. And thus the botanical wall chart was born, a synthesis of art, science and education. This collection of wall charts from all over the globe, each accompanied by text explaining its historical and botanical contexts, has been put together by botanist Anna Laurent, and will delight anyone with an interest in the natural world.

The Paper Garden

An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72


Author: Molly Peacock

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608195236

Category: Art

Page: 397

View: 4680

Traces the life and accomplishments of septuagenarian artist Mary Delany, describing her invention of the art of collage late in life after two heart-breaking marriages, in an account that also evaluates the roles of her relationships with such figures as Jonathan Swift, the Duchess of Portland and King George III. 35,000 first printing.



Author: Leslie K. Overstreet

Publisher: Editions Assouline

ISBN: 9782759402694

Category: Art

Page: 300

View: 4093

In celebration of summer, Assouline evokes the beauty of the garden in a remarkable gift-volume. Including more than three centuries of drawings culled from the rare books library of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, each page in Botanicals explodes with rich colors and lifelike details. Exquisite flowers, delicate fruits, and exuberant butterflies are among the jewels of nature that come to life in this unique compendium. Featured are works by leading botanical artists, including Maria Sibylla Merian, a revolutionary female entomologist and natural historian of the seventeenth century; E.A. Seguy, whose art nouveau-era work serves as inspiration for many contemporary creative directors and designers; and Dr. Robert John Thornton, a British visionary renowned for his interest in botany. Botanicals is extraordinary, a remarkable objet d'art in the spirit of the season.

The Art of Nathalie Lété


Author: Nathalie Lété

Publisher: Artisan Books

ISBN: 1579657214

Category: Art

Page: 208

View: 7933

The first book by beloved and prolific French artist Nathalie Lete, whose work is sold at Anthropologie, Astier de Villatte, and numerous other upscale homeware stores worldwide.

From Sun to Sun

A Hospice Nurse Reflects on the Art of Dying


Author: Nina Angela McKissock

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 1631528092

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 1801

Twenty-one people of different ages have one thing in common; they’re within six months of their deaths. They’ve endured the battle of the medical system as they sought cures for their illnesses, and are now settling in to die. Some reconcile, some don’t. Some are gracious, some not. As Nina Angela McKissock, a highly experienced hospice nurse, goes from home to home and within the residential hospice, she shares her journey of deep joy, humorous events, precious stories, and heartbreaking love. Free of religiosity, dogma, or fear, From Sun to Sun brings readers into McKissock’s world—and imparts the profound lessons she learns as she guides her beloved patients on their final journey.

Mrs. Delany, Her Life and Her Flowers


Author: Ruth Hayden

Publisher: Orbit Books

ISBN: 9780714126272

Category: Art

Page: 192

View: 7751

Mary Delany's paper mosaics of flowers, made from hundreds of pieces of cut coloured paper, were the crowning achievement of a long and creative life. Mrs Delaney was 782 before she embarked on the 1000 flower collages, but she had already made a name for herself with her exquisite works of embroidery, decorative shellwork and landscape sketches.

Art Forms in Nature


Author: Ernst Haeckel

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486155323

Category: Nature

Page: 100

View: 7849

Multitude of strangely beautiful natural forms: Radiolaria, Foraminifera, Ciliata, diatoms, calcareous sponges, Tubulariidae, Siphonophora, Semaeostomeae, star corals, starfishes, much more. All images black-and-white.

Bitten by Witch Fever

Wallpaper and Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home


Author: Lucinda Hawksley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500518380

Category: Design

Page: 256

View: 6820

'As to the arsenic scare a greater folly it is hardly possible to imagine: the doctors were bitten as people were bitten by the witch fever.' -- William Morris on toxic wallpapers, 1885. Bitten by Witch Fever presents facsimile samples of 275 of the most sumptuous wallpaper designs ever created by designers and printers of the age, including Christopher Dresser and Morris & Co. For the first time in their history, every one of the samples shown has been laboratory tested and found to contain arsenic. Interleaved with the wallpaper sections, evocative commentary guides you through the incredible story of the manufacture, uses and effects of arsenic, and presents the heated public debate surrounding the use of deadly pigments in the sublime wallpapers of a newly industrialized world.

Botanical Prints


Author: Sandra Forty

Publisher: Taj Books

ISBN: 9781627320078

Category: Art

Page: 95

View: 8595

The earliest botanical illustrations are found in ancient herbals, practical works of knowledge written to pass on crucial information about how to heal the sick. Around the time of the Renaissance, however, flowers began to be more generally appreciated for their beauty, thus encouraging talented artists to attempt to capture their magic. Botanical illustration developed into a high art form during the golden era of the 18th and early 19th centuries. From that era date some of the most stunning examples of botanical art ever made. The earliest known examples of published botanical illustration can be found in the five-volume De Materia Medica written by the ancient Greek physician and scholar Pedanius Dioscorides, a traveling physician from Asia Minor who followed the Emperor Nero s army as it campaigned across the Roman Empire. Many other illustrators followed in the path of Dioscorides even Leonardo da Vinci tried his hand at botanicals but undoubtedly the most well-known illustrator is the Flemish artist Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759 1840), who painted exact scientific illustrations for the botanist Charles Louis L Heritier. Redoute also became Marie-Antoinette s official draftsman and Painter to the Queen s Cabinet, especially well known today for his illustrations of roses."

The Sick Rose

Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration


Author: Richard Barnett

Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781938922404

Category: Art

Page: 253

View: 1090

A visual tour of disease before color photography shares illustrations of afflicted patients from rare medical books as well as historic maps, case notes, and charts.

Codices Illustres


Author: Norbert Wolf,Ingo F. Walther

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836572613


Page: N.A

View: 4813

Famous Manuscripts The fascinating world of medieval miniature painting and illumination From The Book of Kells to Boccaccio's Decameron, from the Vienna Genesis to Dante's Divine Comedy: to open Codices illustres is to open the door into a precious, private world. Now in a revised format, this radiant book brings you face-to-face with 167 of the most exquisite and important manuscripts of the medieval age. Presented in brilliant large-format reproductions, these paradigms of miniature painting and illumination from the 4th century to 1600 were once the property of some of the greatest power players in history. Now art-historical treasures, they are worth many millions and typically tucked away in private collections or closely guarded archives--until now. Although the focus of this collection is on European manuscripts, examples from Mexican, Persian, and Indian tradition illustrate the refinement and intricacy of manuscript illumination in non-European cultures. An informative synopsis for each manuscript orients the reader at a glance, while a 36-page appendix contains biographies of the artists, as well as an extensive bibliography, an index, and a glossary for technical terms.

Stop Snoring, Bernard!


Author: Zachariah OHora

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 1466810769

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 8516

Bernard loves curling up to go to sleep. But there is one little problem. Bernard snores...LOUDLY! So loudly that he keeps all of the otters awake during naptime. So loudly that Grumpy Giles tells Bernard to move his snoring somewhere else! Sad and lonely, Bernard tries sleeping in new places far away from the other otters: in a lake, in puddles, in a fountain. But no matter where he tries to nap, somebody complains. He just wants to hear two words: "Goodnight, Bernard!"

Instant Wall Art - Botanical Prints

45 Ready-to-Frame Vintage Illustrations for Your Home Decor


Author: Adams Media

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440585660

Category: Design

Page: 96

View: 6644

Contains material adapted and abridged from The art of nature coloring book. Avon, Mass.: Adams Media, 2013.

Basilius Besler's Florilegium

The Book of Plants


Author: Klaus Walter Littger,Werner Dressendorfer

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836557870


Page: 544

View: 8329

Botanical beauty: Basilius Besler's complete Hortus Eystettensis of 1613 A magnificent pictorial document of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time, the Hortus Eystettensis is in a class of its own when it comes to the range of flowers engraved. First published in 1613, the 367 copperplate engravings by Basilius Besler (1561-1629) capture the spectacular diversity of the palatial gardens of Prince-Bishop Johann Konrad von Gemmingen (1593/95-1612) in Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany. The meticulous illustrations are organized according to the four seasons, and, following the classification system used today, show plants belonging to a total of 90 families and covering 340 genera. The whole collection is regarded as one of the finest treasures of botanical literature, described by Carl Linnaeus, the legendary 18th-century botanist and zoologist, as an "incomparable work". Besler's pictorial catalog long outlived the gardens, which were destroyed in 1634 by invading Swedish troops. In auction, the asking price for a first-edition copy of Hortus Eystettensis is now more than half a million dollars. With this edition, TASCHEN opens up the garden to a much wider audience: A rich and beautiful record, destined to keep the garden's beauty in bloom. About the Series: Bibliotheca Universalis -- Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price! Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia. Bookworm's delight -- never bore, always excite!

Art Forms from the Ocean

The Radiolarian Atlas of 1862


Author: Ernst Haeckel

Publisher: Prestel Pub

ISBN: 9783791333274

Category: Art

Page: 23

View: 6950

Reintroduces the genius of an enigmatic scientist and observer of the natural world - Ernst Haeckel. While his drawings display an understanding of biological structure, the skill with which he drew these aquatic protozoa renders them genuine works of art. This book features commentary and descriptions of the radiolarians from Haeckel's work.

Lessons in Typography

Must-know typographic principles presented through lessons, exercises, and examples


Author: Jim Krause

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0133993728

Category: Art

Page: 240

View: 3905

Get hands on with type in this lesson-based addition to Jim Krause’s popular new Creative Core series on design fundamentals. In Lessons in Typography, you’ll learn the basics of identifying, choosing, and using typefaces and immediately put that knowledge to work through a collection of exercises designed to deepen and expand your typographic skills. After a crash course in type terminology, you’re encouraged to walk the talk with lessons and exercises on creating type-based logos, crafting personal emblems, choosing and using the right fonts for layouts, designing your own fonts, fine-tuning text like a professional, hand lettering, and more. Krause uses practical advice, humor, and page after page of visual examples to give you a complete education in designing with type that you can read in a matter of hours and continue to learn from over the course of your career. In Lessons in Typography, you’ll learn how to: Identify and discuss fonts like a design professional Choose and combine fonts effectively for use in your projects and layouts Create monograms and logos using existing typefaces and custom-built letterforms Modify fonts to meet your design’s specific needs Space letters properly using tracking, kerning, and leading and create eye-pleasing layouts Lessons in Typography is the third book in the New Riders Creative Core series, which provides instruction on the fundamental concepts and techniques that all designers must master to become skilled professionals. Additional titles in the series include Visual Design and Color for Designers.


The Art of Ornithology


Author: Jonathan Elphick

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

ISBN: 9780847861088


Page: 336

View: 8604

This remarkably beautiful volume gathers together a selection of the most important and vibrant ornithological art from London’s Natural History Museum. Birds tells the remarkable story of the development of ornithological art through the ages, from the earliest images of birds in the Renaissance, through the Age of Exploration, to the present day. Brilliantly reproduced original artworks by such renowned artists as Audubon, Gould, MacGillivray, Thorburn, and Wolfe are included. The lively accompanying text tells the story of how ornithological art grew out of the naturalistic tradition of European painting to become a genre on its own, where the artist’s focus on aesthetic appeal was married to the scientist’s need for precision and detail. Many of the works reproduced in this volume have never before been published. The detailed text interweaves science, art history, biography, exploration, and travel to paint a vast and wondrous picture of the bygone world of artist-scientists, exotic birds, and faraway lands. It makes a perfect gift for anyone who loves fine prints and drawings or has an interest in nature or birding.