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The World Of Ornament

Author : Albert Racinet
ISBN : 383654007X
Genre : Art
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Mega motifs: History's most beautiful patterns A compendium of history's most elegant and beautiful patterns and ornamental designs at your fingertips--for perusal or download anytime, in high-resolution format. The World of Ornament brings together the two greatest encyclopedic collections of ornament of the 19th century: Racinet's L'Ornement polychrome Volumes I and II (1875-1888) and Dupont-Auberville's L'Ornement des tissus (1877). Adapted from historical items dating from antiquity, including jewelry, tiles, stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, textiles and ceramics, these ornamental designs encompass a wide range of cultural and esthetic motifs and patterns--including classical Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Asian and middle-Eastern, as well as European designs from medieval times through the 19th century. Artists, historians, and art lovers will appreciate this lavish source and idea book, and interior designers and patternmakers will be delighted that all of the ornamental designs may be used and reproduced without restriction! Includes exclusive access to image database: high-resolution images of all individual ornaments downloadable for unrestricted use! Text in English, French, and German
Category: Art

The Ornament Of The World

Author : Maria Rosa Menocal
ISBN : 9780316092791
Genre : History
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A brilliant and fascinating portrait of medieval Spain explores the golden age when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance. of photos. 3 maps.
Category: History


Author : James Trilling
ISBN : 0295981482
Genre : Art
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Examines the history of ornament in Europe and western Asia, discusses its symbolism and function, and explores reasons for its decline.
Category: Art

The Language Of Ornament

Author : James Trilling
ISBN : 0500203431
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 21.80 MB
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An introduction to the art of decorative patterning, of equal value to craftworkers, collectors and students of art history. Trilling analyzes the historical importance of ornament across the world, whether in the monumental architecture of Mycenean Greece or the inlaid vessels of Zhou Dynasty China, in the bronze mirrors of early Celtic Britain, or the carved and woven ornament of Native Americans. An impressive variety of ornament from the paleolithic age to the present day enables the reader to appreciate both its inherent form and beauty. Individual styles and patterns are traced through their evolution and interaction between cultures through trade, conquest and religious influences.
Category: Architecture

The Shell

Author : Ingrid Thomas
ISBN : UOM:39015074045827
Genre : Art
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A lavish visual tour of the creative applications of shell craft offers insight into the mythological and symbolic representations of the shell in art; demonstrates the use of shell imagery in architecture, jewelry, and fashion; and places shells in a historical context to evaluate their role in culture and commerce.
Category: Art

What May Words Say

Author : Inge Leimberg
ISBN : 9781611470017
Genre : Literary Criticism
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'What may words say_?' contains a comprehensive and in many respects unconventional interpretation of The Merchant of Venice. The play's development of ideas is unfolded in a literary analysis that focuses on the poet's words in their philological, historical, and philosophical contexts.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Mass Ornament

Author : Siegfried Kracauer
ISBN : 067455163X
Genre : Social Science
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Siegfried Kracauer was one of the twentieth century's most brilliant cultural critics, a daring and prolific scholar, and an incisive theorist of film. In this volume his finest writings on modern society make their long-awaited appearance in English. This book is a celebration of the masses--their tastes, amusements, and everyday lives. Taking up themes of modernity, such as isolation and alienation, urban culture, and the relation between the group and the individual, Kracauer explores a kaleidoscope of topics: shopping arcades, the cinema, bestsellers and their readers, photography, dance, hotel lobbies, Kafka, the Bible, and boredom. For Kracauer, the most revelatory facets of modern life in the West lie on the surface, in the ephemeral and the marginal. Of special fascination to him is the United States, where he eventually settled after fleeing Germany and whose culture he sees as defined almost exclusively by "the ostentatious display of surface." With these essays, written in the 1920s and early 1930s and edited by the author in 1963, Kracauer was the first to demonstrate that studying the everyday world of the masses can bring great rewards. The Mass Ornament today remains a refreshing tribute to popular culture, and its impressively interdisciplinary essays continue to shed light not only on Kracauer's later work but also on the ideas of the Frankfurt School, the genealogy of film theory and cultural studies, Weimar cultural politics, and, not least, the exigencies of intellectual exile. In his introduction, Thomas Levin situates Kracauer in a turbulent age, illuminates the forces that influenced him--including his friendships with Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and other Weimar intellectuals--and provides the context necessary for understanding his ideas. Until now, Kracauer has been known primarily for his writings on the cinema. This volume brings us the full scope of his gifts as one of the most wide-ranging and penetrating interpreters of modern life.
Category: Social Science

Christmas Ornament Legends Vol 1

Author : Timothy Merck
ISBN : 096485340X
Genre : Christmas decorations
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Old World Christmas proudly presents CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT LEGENDS. This hard-bound, full-color book features eighty pages of stories, traditions, & folklore from the Old World. The charming origin of an enchanting variety of treasured mouth-blown glass ornaments is portrayed in this insightful publication. Readers will enjoy learning about the legends behind the ornaments. The book is beautifully decorated with dazzling ornaments & wonderful color plates of traditional Christmas renderings. A special introduction about how & where mouth-blown glass ornaments were first made is included. Also featured is the fascinating story of how the authors, Tim & Beth Merck, traveled to the Old World & gathered these legends to bring home to American families everywhere. Destined to compliment existing Christmas traditions, this superbly illustrated book is currently available by ordering from Old World Christmas directly at 1-800-962-7669 or by mail at P.O. Box 8000, Spokane, WA 99203. The book wholesales for $7.75 & is sold in minimum quantities of 6 for $46.50. Acceptable methods of payment include Visa, MasterCard, personal check, money order, or cashiers check. Customers may also apply for open credit.
Category: Christmas decorations

Averroes Ibn Rushd

Author : Liz Sonneborn
ISBN : 1404205144
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Presents the life and times of the Muslim philosopher and physician Averroes.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Pattern And Ornament In The Arts Of India

Author : Henry Wilson
ISBN : 0500292418
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 42.9 MB
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An illuminating survey of Indian pattern and ornament as expressed in its architecture
Category: Architecture