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Imperial Spoils: The Curious Case of the Elgin Marbles
Based on the slender size of this book, I was expecting a fairly general overview. I was profoundly wrong - Hitchens and the authors of the opening an ...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
Graphic Design: A New History
A comprehensive and surprisingly readable look at the history of graphic design (loosely defined as printing press to present). The book is a richly i ...more
Jan 09, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
The Power of Art
I took my time with this book (and the BBC-produced DVD series), and it was worth it. The author's strong opinions, whether the reader agrees or disag ...more
Sep 28, 2008
Sep 16, 2008
The Art Forger
Review of an ARC received through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer giveaway.
A solid but not great addition to the art mystery genre. The early parts of
Nov 04, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
A fun caper-style audiobook. I suspect the digressions in the story and the long asides were easier to follow in the print version, but it was good st ...more
May 11, 2012
May 10, 2012
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
I liked Garfield's discursive approach to the topic, but I wish there were more or a better-illustrated discussion of the differences between fonts. B ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
A History of the World in 100 Objects
I listened to the podcast series when it was released two summers ago, or whenever. Even having encountered the material already, I still found this b ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
Titian: The Last Days
There was a pretty serious disconnect between what the book is described as being about, and what it actually contained. Although the biographical inf ...more
Jan 2010
Dec 11, 2009
The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century
This is a very interesting story, told in clear, lively writing. However, the book feels poorly organized and pasted-together, darting from one subjec ...more
Oct 29, 2008
Oct 26, 2008
The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece
A very good entry into the realm that crosses 'literary nonfiction' and 'true crime' (or whatever you prefer to call those genres). The writing was li ...more
Jul 22, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
Whose Muse?: Art Museums and the Public Trust
I found this book a little one-note, for a collection of essays. The same sources were quoted repeatedly, the same points made in the same way by diff ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 12, 2008
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
Started and stopped a few times already - the beginning is really slow. We'll see if I pick it up again.
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Jul 11, 2012
Medieval Europe: A Short History
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Aug 06, 2007
The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities--From Italy's Tomb Raiders to the World's Greatest Museums
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Aug 15, 2007
Gothic Art: Glorious Visions
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Aug 06, 2007
The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art
Jan 2013
Jan 01, 2013
Medieval Architecture
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Aug 06, 2007
The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
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Apr 05, 2015
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