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Why is figurative sculpture important? With lush photos and vivid narrative, THE ART OF LIFE explores figurative sculpture from the earliest times to the present. The work of ancient and classical sculptors, along with that of Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova, and Sabin Howard, is showcased. The book also details Sabin Howard's clay-to-bronze process, his philosophy, and his ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 26th 2011 by Parvati Press
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AerinLuvs
Gorgeously illustrated, this book deserves an honored place on your coffee table. I was entranced from the very first paragraph. The author was fortunate to have visited the Louve at age 13, a feat that I have yet to accomplish. There are beautiful photographs of male nudes and a few female nudes and descriptions of the process used by Howard Sabin, a sculptor that I now have plastered in my consciousness! Mr. Sabin's work is more anatomically accurate in many regards than the more widely known ...more
Sylvester
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was interesting to follow the story of a sculptor from his moment of inspiration though his years of training and as he sets out on his own artistic path. Of all the arts, sculpture seems to me to be one of the most difficult - and the most physically impactful, and I appreciated being able to see the steps of the process of creating a piece. Not to mention the sculptures themselves - they are stunning. I wasn't so keen on the text, but the art speaks for itself.
Diana Belchase
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An interesting, quirky memoir of how art has affected the authors' lives. It was like taking a trip with them. Breathtaking photos. Not a book to read on a cheap Kindle -- the photos do not appear as clearly as they should. This book inspired me to get a Kindle Fire HD and was worth the purchase. It will turn any reader into an art lover.
Mary Greiner
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautifully laid out book. I learned so much about the process of sculpting. Thank you for the giveaway!
Julie
In The Art of Life, author Traci L. Slatton has written a beautiful book about figurative sculpture, with her husband, Sabin Howard's work prominently displayed throughout. She begins with a personal story of how she and her husband each became enamored with this form of art. Then she reviews the history of figurative sculpture with many diverse examples from the Balikligol Man from Turkey, which is more than 13,000 years old, to Rodin's Striding Man.

The remainder of the book focuses on Sabin Ho
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Deborah Mends
Is figurative art "real", or is it a complex translation of the artist's reality?

This is the kind of question that bestselling author Traci L. Slatton seeks to answer in The Art of Life, a visually stunning new book that presents the work of her husband, Italian-American sculptor Sabin Howard. Comprising analysis, documentation, personal anecdotes interwoven with the history of classical sculpture and Howard's processes, philosophies and figures, The Art of Life aims to survey the power art has
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Traci Slatton
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am co-author of this book, in the sense that I was a kind of amanuensis, so I don't mean to sound self-serving. I humbly offer this review as a note about how meaningful the book is, in terms of understanding sculpture. This book deals specifically with classical figurative sculpture, from the earliest, most primitive 3-D representations of the human body to Sabin Howard's work now. I learned a great deal about the figure and the history of classicism in working on this with Sabin Howard. I am ...more
Carolyn Injoy
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free kindle copy of The Art of Life by Sabin Howard and Traci L. Slatton, published by Parvati Press in exchange for a fair review. I gave it five stars.

The prose is elegant, descriptive & delightful to the senses. The beautiful photographs of the sculptures left me breathless. This book was a pleasure to read & I highly recommend it to any one who appreciates art.

Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0984...
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