Tapestry, aka needlepoint, is a wonderful craft to explore. It’s an old skill with a heritage of being passed on […]
500 Self Portraits£12.95
Portraits are an endless source of fascination, responding as they do to the basic human impulse to scrutinize a face and strive to peer into the person behind it. Self-portraits have the added fascination that comes from looking into the mirror and trying to study one’s own face and the elusive self lurking behind its surface.
How to Read a Modern Painting£19.95
In this accessible, practical guide, Jon Thompson explores more than 200 works, helping readers to unlock each paintings meaning. Beginning with the Barbizon school and the Realist movement of the mid-19th century and continuing right up to the 1980s avant-garde, he analyses works by some of the greatest and most popular artists of the modern era, including Bonnard, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, Rauschenberg, Warhol and Basquiat, describing each artists use of media and symbolism, and providing useful biographical information.
How to Read a Painting£19.95
Clues to the meaning of the masterpieces of art history lie in a rich system of symbols, themes and motifs that often elude the modern eye. Without the intimate knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology, folklore and Christian theology so vivid in the minds of the artists and familiar to their public, we often miss the visual hints that gave contemporary meaning to a painting.
How to Read an Impressionist Painting£24.95
This generously illustrated book is organised by subject matter, looking at urban views and city life, interiors and still life, family and friends, and other common themes. In this way readers will have the tools to think critically and analytically about the movement, and a new understanding of the collective momentum that drove the impressionists to work with such originality and commitment to their own times.
Somerset House The History£15.00
Discover the extraordinary history of Somerset House and the equally extraordinary people who have lived, worked or played here, from Tudor times to present day.
The 20th Century Art Book£7.95
The 20th Century Art Book was hailed upon its release as an exciting celebration of the myriad forms assumed by art over the last century. Complementing the phenomenally successful landmark, Art Book, and most recently The American Art Book, it presents a new and original way of bringing art alive. The new mini edition has all the visual energy and compelling insights of the original but in a lightweight and highly portable format, making it ideal both for dipping into and for using as a serious sourcebook.
The Art Book£7.95
Winner of the Illustrated Book of the Year award in 1994, The Art Book has been an outstanding success and has become a well-known landmark in the art book world. Now published in over 20 different languages and in mini, midi and hardback formats, it has received rave reviews from numerous newspapers and magazines and has made many appearances on the bestseller lists.
The Essential Gombrich£29.95
This volume presents an accessible selection of Professor Gombrich’s best and most characteristic writing, and introduces the general reader to his ideas and arguments on many fundamental questions.
The Gallery Companion: Understanding Western Art£9.95
The Gallery Companion unravels the legends behind many of the most popular and frequently painted figures and explains their symbolism, which is all too often overlooked or misunderstood.
The Look of LoveSale!
A celebration of love through the ages, gathering together more than 100 romantic illustrations from the flirtatious to the kitsch, the charming to the ironic.
The Power of Art£20.00
The Power of Art Closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art for ever. This title features Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko.
The Courtauld Shop is thrilled to share this fabulous blog post from our friends at The London Craft Club. On […]
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We’ve sat down with the very talented designer and ceramic artist, Mia Sarosi, to find out more about her exclusive […]