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The Greek View of Life

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Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson


“With the Greek civilisation beauty perished from the world. Never again has it been possible for man to believe that harmony is in fact the…

Thoughts on Art and Life

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Leonardo Da Vinci


This is a compilation of the thoughts on art, science and life of Leonardo da Vinci, translated by Maurice Baring and edited by Lewis Einst…

The Letters of a Post-Impressionist

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Vincent Van Gogh


“Being the Familiar Correspondence of Vincent Van Gogh ... [Van Gogh's] art was appreciated during his life only by a very few and it is but…

Ten Books on Architecture

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Marcus Vitruvius Pollio


On Architecture is a treatise on architecture written by the Roman architect Vitruvius and dedicated to his patron, the emperor Caesar Augus…

The Alhambra: A Series Of Tales And Sketches Of The Moors And Spaniards

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Washington Irving


This is a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories by Washington Irving. Irving lived at the Alhambra Palace while writing some of…

Theory of Colours

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Newton's observations on the optical spectrum were widely accepted but Goethe noticed the difference between the scientific explanation and …

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

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Wassily Kandinsky


Published in 1911, Kandinsky's book compares the spiritual life of humanity to a pyramid -- the artist has a mission to lead others to the p…

Cuentos de la Alhambra

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Washington Irving


Colección de ensayos e historias del viaje que Washington Irving realizó en 1828 a Granada, acompañado por el guí…

The Sins of Hollywood

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Ed Roberts


Exacerbated by several high-profile Hollywood scandals, a wave of anti-Hollywood rhetoric tried to paint the movie capital as a veritable ho…

Great Artists: Volume 1

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Jennie Ellis Keysor


Biographies of Raphael Santi, Murillo, Peter Paul Rubens, and Albrecht Durer. This is a wonderful tool for art study as there are references…

How to Do Chemical Tricks

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A. T. Anderson


While a bit outdated in many of the more complex descriptions of several of the phenomena described, this book is nonetheless still fun and …

Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects Vol 1

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Giorgio Vasari


The Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, from Cimabue to Our Times, or Le Vite delle più eccellen…

The Seven Lamps of Architecture

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John Ruskin


The Seven Lamps of Architecture, published in May 1849, is an extended essay written by the English art critic and theorist John Ruskin. The…

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

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Edgar James Banks


The 7 Wonders of the Ancient World is a list of masterpieces of architecture and art of classical antiquity. First compiled in the second ce…

The Stones of Venice, Volume 1

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John Ruskin


The Stones of Venice is a three-volume treatise on Venetian art and architecture by English art historian John Ruskin, first published from …

Dress Design: An Account of Costume for Artists and Dressmakers

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Talbot Hughes


Explanations of Western European trends in men and women's fashion from prehistoric times to the Victorian Era. (Summary by Libby Gohn)

Lectures on Landscape

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John Ruskin


A series of lectures on landscape painting delivered at Oxford in 1871, by artist, critic, and social commentator, John Ruskin.

Auguste Rodin

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Rainer Maria Rilke


Rodin has pronounced Rilke's essay the supreme interpretation of his work. (From the translators’ Preface) Auguste Rodin, 1840-1917, was a…

The Two Paths

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John Ruskin


"The Two Paths" is a collection of five lectures delivered in 1858 and 1859 by John Ruskin on art and architecture. This is how th…

The Art of Landscape Painting in Oil Colour

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Sir Alfred Edward East


Sketching from Nature, Equipment, Colour, Composition, Trees, Skies, Grass, Reflections, Distance -- chapters rich with timeless oil paintin…

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