This authoritative visual guide to the artistic materials and painting techniques of J. M. W. Turner brings to life the skills of one of the world´s greatest artists. Details of his watercolours and oil paintings, usually only available to small numbers of museum professionals, and an experienced artist´s recreation of his core painting processes, combine with in-depth research into Turner´s use of new materials to give unique insights into his creative processes. How Turner Painted brings new research and understanding to the subject since the publication of the author´s earlier book Turner´s Painting Techniques (1993). Joyce Townsend, senior conservation scientist at Tate, which houses the majority of Turner´s work and is a centre of expertise on the artist, has revisited, updated and continued the examination of his innovative use of materials and early adoption of new colours. Comparisons are drawn across oil painting and watercolour to illustrate how Turner built up an image, and what his numerous unfinished works can tell us about his working methods. With a foreword by art historian Nicola Moorby and a chapter contributed by artist Tony Smibert, the book will coincide with two major new exhibitions planned for 2020, at Tate Britain and at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Tasmania.
The Painted Messiah combines a blistering action thriller set in the streets of Zurich and on the lakes and wooded slopes of Switzerland with a compulsive and convincing account of first century Romano-Judean politics and the real reason for Pontius Pilate´s condemnation and execution of Christ. A legend persists that, after the ´´scourging´´, Pilate commanded that his victim be painted from life. Somewhere, the painting survives, the only true image of Christ, granting the gift of everlasting life to whoever possesses it. Kate Kenyon, the wealthy young widow of an English aristocrat killed on a Swiss mountain, has an addiction to mortal risk. She feeds it by engaging in the armed robbery of priceless artifacts with her accomplice and lover, Ethan Brand, a Tennessean who owns a bookshop in Zurich. Their latest target is a priceless ´´Byzantine´´ icon hidden in the tower of a chateau by Lake Lucerne. So far, they have never had to shoot anyone. This time will be different. Thomas Malloy is a retired CIA man looking for his first lucrative freelance assignment. His chance comes with a presidential favor to a rich but ailing televangelist. Malloy´s task seems simple enough: pick up the preacher´s newly acquired painting from a Zurich bank and get it to the airport. But once in Switzerland, Malloy´s old friend, the enigmatic Contessa Claudia de Medici tries to warn him off his mission. Sir Julian Corbeau is an international criminal holed up in Switzerland to avoid US extradition proceedings. He is also the sadistic head of the modern Knights Templar. He had the painting, and now he desperately wants it back as well as to wreak a bloody revenge upon those who stole it. As the contenders vie for possession, the bullets fly, the body count rises, and the secrets of the portrait gradually unfold. We learn how and why it came to be painted and how an object depicting the Light of the World could exert such a baleful and malignan 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clive Catterall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/iamb/000052/bk_iamb_000052_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Against today´s copyrighted-to-the-gills Hollywood movie industry, the wacky world of Ghanian movie posters comes as a joyous relief, with its absolute lack of respect for not only the directors and even stars of Hollywood, but especially the official iconography that accompanies such films. With the arrival of the video cassette in West Africa in the 1980s, a type of mobile movie house was born, typically consisting of a TV, a VCR, an electrical generator and a car, sometimes presenting blockbusters, sometimes underrated and nearly-forgotten movies, most of them Hollywood-produced. To promote these screenings, artists were commissioned to handpaint posters, often with only a few stills to guide them as to the movie´s subject, and with a completely free hand as to the posters´ content--they were at liberty to add or change scenes, toss in a few mutant monsters, anything to catch the prospective customer´s eye. By applying this basic rule of packaging, artists created bizarre images in which monsters mixed with naked women and superheroes, pitched against naively painted and weirdly proportioned African landscapes. Sadly, this window of copyright-free anarchy lasted only a short time, and by the end of the 1990s the mobile cinema business had declined as television became more widely available in Ghana. Proof that naked mutant superhero monsters are always where it´s at, this wonderfully illustrated volume commemorates a glorious moment in popular art.
Patricia Lawrence is exploring archeology and nature with Touch the Earth Adventures, in the Coconino National Forest near Sedona, Arizona. Thousands of years ago, in the foothills of the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, highly organized cultures lived. Among the artifacts these early Americans left behind are petroglyphs and pictographs, images painted on or picked into the red rock canyon walls we are exploring. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mr J. D. Streeter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000677/bk_bigh_000677_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of Japan´s most popular folktales--the amazing adventures of Momotar, a boy found inside a peach and raised by an elderly couple--is brought to vivid life by images from an exquisite handscroll painted by Kan Naganobu (1775-1828).
Courtney Jennings has had a crush on Jared Vachon since they first met. She may have painted a few images of him too; so when she sees him jogging she takes a moment to notice his - ahem - artistic lines. The flash of a gun interrupts her muse and makes her take action to save his life, using a side of herself she didn’t know existed. Once Courtney discovers what lurks within, she’s not so sure she wants that part of herself to break free. Jared Vachon is in love with Courtney the human and Courtney the bear. But his true mate fears her animal side will ruin everything, except that’s not the real danger... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erin deWard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/154031/bk_acx0_154031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thirty thousand years ago our prehistoric ancestors painted perfect images of animals on walls of tortuous caves, most often without any light. How was this possible? What meaning and messages did the cavemen want these paintings to convey? In addition, how did these perfect drawings come about at a time when man’s sole purpose was surviving? And why, some 10 thousand years later, did startlingly similar animal paintings appear once again, on dark cave walls? Scholars and archaeologists have for centuries pored over these works of art, speculating and hoping to come away with the key to the mystery. No one until now has ever come close to elucidating either their origin or their meaning. In their stunning audiobook and for the first time, David and Lefrre, after working together for years, give us a new understanding of an art lost in time, revealing what had until recently remained unexplainable - the oldest enigma in humanity has been solved. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Culp. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017805/bk_adbl_017805_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the earliest times, human beings have found it difficult to represent their own bodies in a straightforward way. The rare painted images of humans in Paleolithic art are much less naturalistic than the images of animals created at the same epoch. At the dawn of art, representations of the nude body were simply vehicles for statement about the need for fertility if the human race was to survive successfully. Both Paleolithic and Neolithic sculptures tend to present human males and females in terms of exaggerated sexual characteristics. The Venus of Willendorf is one of the best-known Paleolithic examples. The recently discovered Hongshan Neolithic-to-Chalcolithic culture that flourished in Northeastern China and adjacent regions of Mongolia from c.3500 BC to c.2000 BC produced numerous jade statues and amulets that emphasize the sexual aspect. In some of these, the female body is reduced to a pair of breasts and a vulva. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teague Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102243/bk_acx0_102243_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Immerse yourself. Savor the best storytelling from the greatest authors of the supernatural. The haunting language and brilliant rendition create an extraordinary atmosphere.Includes: ´´Ethan Brand´´ by Nathaniel Hawthorne: A lime-burner and his young son encounter the man searching for the Unpardonable Sin.´´The Yellow Sign´´ by Robert W. Chambers: Using the rich gothic language of Poe, the author creates a similar shocking effect.´´The Oval Portrait´´ by Edgar Allan Poe: A painter exchanges the life of his young bride for the painted image.´´The Upper Berth´´ by F. Marion Crawford: Apparent suicides on board a ship lead to uncanny supernatural conclusions.´´An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge´´ by Ambrose Bierce: One of the most famous short stories ever written. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geraint Wyn Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/part/000075/bk_part_000075_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.