An illustrated tour around the world through the eyes of a woman, about women of so many countries and cultures, young and old, but with the comune denominator of beauty. Far from the photoshopped, artificial beauty of fashion magazines, it is not about seductiveness, but the real, inner beauty that comes from the heart. All these women are unique with their faces and bodies, they do not try to look like top models, yet they are so lovely in simple or gorgeus clothes, they’ll surely conquer the reader. Their stories are told in few words, some of them are very hard, suffered or even heroic, but there is a positive radiance in their eyes. This book is a message about love, hope, tollerance, integration and peace, told by the beautiful faces of women. Being a portrait painter, so fascinated by faces, I really enjoyed this book.
Art and science – two confining territories, two points of views to discover and represent the world around us: their similarities and differences, their evolution and interactions through time, the figure of the artist and the scientist in various ages are treated in this richly illustrated volume. The time period is really huge: from the beginning of human history to our days. It’s surely very ambitious to include everything and the material is difficult to organize so the author in the chapters takes various disciplines of arts, like architecture, design, decoration, painting, performing arts and their relations to science through history. In every chapter she goes through time and space in big steps synthesizing evolution (typically a paragraph for a period), then leaps to another place. For example, in the architecture chapter treats gothic style, the next page with new title (Distances and encounters) describes pre-Columbian America. This continous leaping through times and geographical places is quite dizzy, you simply can’t assimilate so much information. The book is very rich in content but is surely not an easy reading. The style is more of a school textbook than entertainment. It can be valuable as a reference book, to read bit by bit. Also it requires a good culture from the reader and stimulates further investigation, else the information does not remain in memory. The illustrations are very interesting, it’s a pity that some beautiful paintings are printed in black and white instead of color (for example a Rubens and a Monet painting). The curiosities about artists and scientists lighten up a bit the heavy text.
Better with age is an entertaining and informative book about how to use our brain in order to live longer and better. The author, financial representative before, brain coach now, uses a comprehensible language to guide us through the evolution of the nervous system in order to get to the most complicated structure we know: the human brain, an immense treasure we own but we don’t know and use enough. It has also the extraordinary capacity of repairing and improving itself through the whole lifespan thanks to the neuroplasticity. Use it or lose it – is the leit-motiv of the book and the author explains why it is so important and how to do this. How we use our brain is our responsability and in our interest so we need a guide to do it well.
Very rich and beautiful book, highly recommended. Good reproductions and interesting text, informative and entertaining. Subdivided by countries / geoghraphical regions.
It’s a pity that illustrations very often are not near to the corrisponding text. Also, I missed some painters like Chagall, Rousseau, the Hungarian painters Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry and others, I’d have liked more on Goya’s symbolist paintings. Anyway a very good book.
Not exactly what I expected, the book is readable in a couple of hours, being richly illustrated but with very little text. The format remembers me the slideshows – presentations where the images are accompanied with synthesizing phrases. So it is not entertaining but useful to understand the most important facts.
I am a realist figurative painter and I have to precise that I am not at all a manga or pop art lover but I like surrealism. So the pop surrealism quoted in the subtitle and the beautiful cover image of the new book of Camilla d’Errico have instantly conquered me. The book is really beautiful, well organized and very rich in content. The painter’s unique style elevates the standard for the pop art genre and strucks for her fantasy. Beautiful, sad or melancholic young girls (or fairies? – they have no sex characteristics) “wearing” animals (owls, butterflies, octopuses, etc) or decorated with rainbows in fancyful variations are the dominant elements of her works. They are beautifully executed and surely captivating.
This book is a collection of ornamental Art Nouveau, mostly from previous Dover publications, figuring printed materials, textile and wallpaper designs, some jewellery and stained glass, but no architecture, no sculpture. Quite all the book is illustration, with very little text: short introduction, index of artists and bibliography. The material is divided by countries: France, England, Germany, Austria, Checoslovakia, Switzerland, USA. No nordic countries, no Spain, no Russia, no Hungary, which I consider a big omission. Also no works from Gaudì, Tiffany, Lalique, Klimt, no Fabergé eggs, nothing of the famous Zsolnay porcelains, there is only one poster from Toulouse-Lautrec, while the Mucha section is a bit richer. It’s good as a general reference of Art Nouveau ornamental motifs (I appreciated especially those with animals), but it is far from complete.