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The First Signs

by Genevieve von Petzinger & Robin Miles Blackstone Publishing (May 31, 2016)

One of the most significant works on our evolutionary ancestry since Richard Leakey's Origins, The First Signs is the first-ever exploration of the geometric images that accompany most cave art around the world--the...


The Renaissance

by Walter Pater & Wanda McCaddon Blackstone Publishing (August 02, 2012)

Published to great acclaim in 1873, Walter Pater's compendium of idiosyncratic, impressionistic essays on the Renaissance gained him a reputation as a daring modern philosopher. Oscar Wilde called it the "holy...


Billion Dollar Painter

by G. Eric Kuskey, Jim Meskimen & Bettina Gilois Blackstone Publishing (September 09, 2014)

The unbelievable true story of artist Thomas Kinkade,self-described "Painter of Light," and the dramatic rise--and fall--of hisbillion-dollar gallery and licensing business

He was just one man, but Thomas Kinkade...


Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

by Ross King & Alan Sklar Blackstone Publishing (March 20, 2013)

In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel. With little experience as a painter (though famed...


The Decoration of Houses

by Edith Wharton, Ogden Codman & Grace Conlin Blackstone Publishing (August 02, 2012)

One of the classic works on interior decoration, Edith Wharton's The Decoration of Houses offers a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn-of-the-century interior design. Cowritten with architect...


The Painted Word

by Tom Wolfe & Harold N. Cropp Blackstone Publishing (December 01, 1998)

No one skewers the popular movements of American culture like Tom Wolfe. In 1975, he turned his satirical pen to the pretensions of the contemporary art world, a world of social climbing, elitist posturing,...


The Most Beautiful House in the World

by Witold Rybczynski & Wanda McCaddon Blackstone Publishing (August 06, 2012)

Witold Rybczynski takes us on an extraordinary odyssey as he tells the story of designing and building his own house. His project began as a workshed, but through a series of “happy accidents,” the structure...


Tales of the Alhambra

by Washington Irving, Ralph Cosham & Joseph Thompson Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Written in 1831, Washington Irving’s dreamlike description of the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish castle that defined the height of Moorish civilization, and of the surrounding territory of Granada remains...


De Kooning's Bicycle

by Robert Long & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Some of the twentieth century’s most important artists and writers—from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Fairfield Porter to Jean Stafford—lived and worked on the East End of Long Island. The home they...


The Architecture of Happiness

by Alain De Botton & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (February 25, 2009)

The Architecture of Happiness is a dazzling journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.

One of the great but often unmentioned...


Lives of the Artists, Vol. 1

by Giorgio Vasari, Wanda McCaddon & George Bull Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2007)

Georgio Vasari’s original vision of the arts was to see the artist as divinely inspired. This historical work describes the lives of forty-five artists, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Fra Angelico, Botticelli,...


You Belong to the Universe

by Jonathon Keats & Josh Bloomberg Blackstone Publishing (August 02, 2016)

A compelling call to apply Buckminster Fuller's creative problem solving to present-day problems

A self-professed "comprehensive anticipatory design scientist," the inventor Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was...


Chapters from My Autobiography

by Mark Twain & Bronson Pinchot Blackstone Publishing (February 01, 2011)

I intend that this autobiography shall become a model for all future autobiographies when it is published after my death, and I also intend that it shall be read and admired a good many centuries because of...


Taj Mahal

by Diana Preston, Michael Preston & James Adams Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

While Galileo was suffering under house arrest at the hands of Pope Urban VIII, the Thirty Years War was ruining Europe, and the Pilgrims were struggling to survive in the New World, work began on what would...