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📒Peacock And Vine ✍ A S Byatt
📝Peacock and Vine Book Synopsis : This ravishing book opens a window onto the lives, designs, and passions of two charismatic artists. Born a generation apart, they were seeming opposites: Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the sun-baked cultures of Crete and Knossos; William Morris, a British craftsman, in thrall to the myths of the North. Yet through their revolutionary inventions and textiles, both men inspired a new variety of art, as vibrant today as when it was first conceived. Acclaimed writer A.S. Byatt traces their genius right to the source. The Palazzo Pesaro Orfei in Venice is a warren of dark spaces leading to a workshop where Fortuny created his designs for pleated silks and shining velvets. Here he worked alongside the French model who became his wife and collaborator, including on the ‘Delphos’ dress – a flowing gown evoking classical Greece. Morris’s Red House, outside London, with its Gothic turrets and secret gardens, helped inspire his stunning floral and geometric patterns; it also represented a coming together of life and art. But it was Kelmscott Manor in the English countryside that he loved best – even when it became the setting for his wife’s love affair with Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Generously illustrated with the artists’ beautiful designs – pomegranates and acanthus, peacock and vine – A.S. Byatt brings the visions and ideas of Fortuny and Morris dazzlingly to life.
📒The Book Of Kells ✍ Charles Gidley
📝The Book of Kells Book Synopsis : The Book of Kells is Ireland's greatest national treasure. This late eighth century illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels is named after the monastery at Kells where it resided for most of the Middle Ages. It is currently housed in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, where it has been for the last 350 years. The manuscript comes out the Irish monastic tradition, which was responsible for preserving and transmitting the tradition of classical learning that had disappeared from most of Europe after the fall the Roman Empire. It is unequivocally its finest example. As it stands now, it consists of 339 vellum leaves. Some introductory pages and the last chapters from the Gospel of John had vanished when the book, stolen from the Kells Monastery in the late eleventh century, was eventually recovered. The unique worth of the manuscript lies in its magnificent illustrations and fascinating ornamentation. It boasts a number of full page illustrations, including the first known representation of a Madonna and Child in an illuminated manuscript, and most of the Gospel pages are adorned with delightful illuminated capitals and marginal and interlinear illustrations. These comprise abstract geometrical designs, and human and animal figures of all stripes. By turns playful and solemn, the abundant ornamentation acts at times as commentary, orienting the reader and reinforcing the message of the Gospels. At other times its dazzling richness may simply be expressive of the artistic impulses of the unknown monks who created it. This edition has the benefit of a clear and authoritative introduction by Charles Gidley that provides the reader with background and context and the tools necessary to enter into this strange and magical world. Over fifty of the most striking pages are meticulously reproduced at full size to show the depth of color and intricacy of design. The extraordinary care and devotion that are evident throughout the Book of Kells make clear that its makers saw their creation as a devotional object whose primary object was to reveal the message of Jesus Christ and reflect God's majesty.
📒Comic Faith ✍ Robert M. Polhemus
📝Comic Faith Book Synopsis : Polhemus argues that the great tradition in British fiction is the comic tradition, comparing the comic impulse to the religious impulse and discussing the problems involved in critical abstraction
📒Wine And The Vine ✍ Tim Unwin
📝Wine and the Vine Book Synopsis : Very few books have products as diverse as those of the grape vine: even fewer have products with such a cultural significance. Wine and the Vine provides an introduction to the historical geography of viticulture and the wine trade from prehistory to the present. It considers wine as both a unique expression of the interaction of people in a particular environment, rich in symbol and meaning, and a commercial product of great economic importance to particular regions.
📝Catalogue of the Sculpture in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection from the Ptolemaic Period to the Renaissance Book Synopsis : These sculptures are not representative of any one culture or period, but rather are characteristic of the Blisses' wide-ranging tastes and extraordinary connoisseurship. About a quarter of the objects are Greco-Roman in date, and nearly two-thirds of the remainder are Late Antique, predominantly limestone carvings from Early Byzantine Egypt. Sculpture from the Middle Byzantine period is very rare, making the four pieces in this collection especially significant.
📒Grasses Pods Vines Weeds ✍ Quentin Steitz
📝Grasses Pods Vines Weeds Book Synopsis : Describes wild Texas plants and trees, shows how to use their leaves, vines, branches, flowers, and fruit in flower arrangements, and includes tips on design
📒A Historical Grammar Or A Chronological Abridgment Of Universal History To Which Is Added An Abridged Chronology Of The Most Remarkable Discoveries And Inventions Relative To The Arts And Sciences Etc Translated By L Peacock From The 7th Edition Of The French Of La Croze Revised Corrected And Greatly Enlarged By C Bingham ✍ Mathurin VEYSSIÈRE DE LA CROZE
✍Author : Mathurin VEYSSIÈRE DE LA CROZE
♣Release Date : 1802
♠ISBN : BL:A0017680901
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
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📝A Historical Grammar or a chronological abridgment of Universal History To which is added an abridged chronology of the most remarkable discoveries and inventions relative to the arts and sciences etc Translated by L Peacock from the 7th edition of the French of La Croze Revised corrected and greatly enlarged by C Bingham Book Synopsis :
📒The Quotable Wine Lover ✍ Kate Fiduccia
📝The Quotable Wine Lover Book Synopsis : “God made only water, but man made wine.”—Victor Hugo. Oenophiles will drink a toast to this collection of more than 400 quotes that explore the essence of the world’s oldest libation. The wit and wisdom come from a variety of wine lovers, ranging from poets and writers to contemporary chefs, sommeliers, and celebrities.
📒The Secrets Of The Wisteria Vine ✍ Tommaline H. Jones
📝The Secrets of the Wisteria Vine Book Synopsis : Sonnie Harper is a young girl growing up in rural south Georgia in the 1920s and 1930s. Her family had been dysfunctional for generations. Turmoil was significant in the generation before her. This was a time of great poverty for the farmers of this area due to the Depression and the biggest drought in history. As a toddler, Sonnie begins to hide under the wisteria vine from her mother. Later she invites her imaginary friend and then her black friend to share wisteria vine and her family secrets with them. As she becomes older and understands who God is, she prays and talks to God about her family secrets. Sometimes she goes to the wisteria just to sit and hide from what's going on in the house. Some of the customs of that time are preserved in the book. There are stories of love, hate, loyalty, friendship, brutality, strength, racism, and religious beliefs. All of this is sprinkled with a little humor.
📒The Paper Garden ✍ Molly Peacock
📝The Paper Garden Book Synopsis : Mary Delany was seventy-two years old when she noticed a petal drop from a geranium. In a flash of inspiration, she picked up her scissors and cut out a paper replica of the petal, inventing the art of collage. It was the summer of 1772, in England. During the next ten years she completed nearly a thousand cut-paper botanicals (which she called mosaicks) so accurate that botanists still refer to them. Poet-biographer Molly Peacock uses close-ups of these brilliant collages in The Paper Garden to track the extraordinary life of Delany, friend of Swift, Handel, Hogarth, and even Queen Charlotte and King George III. How did this remarkable role model for late blooming manage it? After a disastrous teenage marriage to a drunken sixty-one-year-old squire, she took control of her own life, pursuing creative projects, spurning suitors, and gaining friends. At forty-three, she married Jonathan Swift's friend Dr. Patrick Delany, and lived in Ireland in a true expression of midlife love. But after twenty-five years and a terrible lawsuit, her husband died. Sent into a netherland of mourning, Mrs. Delany was rescued by her friend, the fabulously wealthy Duchess of Portland. The Duchess introduced Delany to the botanical adventurers of the day and a bonanza of exotic plants from Captain Cook's voyage, which became the inspiration for her art. Peacock herself first saw Mrs. Delany's work more than twenty years before she wrote The Paper Garden, but "like a book you know is too old for you," she put the thought of the old woman away. She went on to marry and cherish the happiness of her own midlife, in a parallel to Mrs. Delany, and by chance rediscovered the mosaicks decades later. This encounter confronted the poet with her own aging and gave her-and her readers-a blueprint for late-life flexibility, creativity, and change.