The Judgment of Paris

Author: Ross King
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 9780307374967
Release Date: 2012-01-11
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The fascinating new book by the author of Brunelleschi’s Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling: a saga of artistic rivalry and cultural upheaval in the decade leading to the birth of Impressionism. If there were two men who were absolutely central to artistic life in France in the second half of the nineteenth century, they were Edouard Manet and Ernest Meissonier. While the former has been labelled the “Father of Impressionism” and is today a household name, the latter has sunk into obscurity. It is difficult now to believe that in 1864, when this story begins, it was Meissonier who was considered the greatest French artist alive and who received astronomical sums for his work, while Manet was derided for his messy paintings of ordinary people and had great difficulty getting any of his work accepted at the all-important annual Paris Salon. Manet and Meissonier were the Mozart and Salieri of their day, one a dangerous challenge to the establishment, the other beloved by rulers and the public alike for his painstakingly meticulous oil paintings of historical subjects. Out of the fascinating story of their parallel careers, Ross King creates a lens through which to view the political tensions that dogged Louis-Napoleon during the Second Empire, his ignominious downfall, and the bloody Paris Commune of 1871. At the same time, King paints a wonderfully detailed and vivid portrait of life in an era of radical social change: on the streets of Paris, at the new seaside resorts of Boulogne and Trouville, and at the race courses and picnic spots where the new bourgeoisie relaxed. When Manet painted Dejeuner sur l’herbe or Olympia, he shocked not only with his casual brushstrokes (described by some as applied by a ‘floor mop’) but with his subject matter: top-hatted white-collar workers (and their mistresses) were not considered suitable subjects for ‘Art’. Ross King shows how, benign as they might seem today, these paintings changed the course of history. The struggle between Meissonier and Manet to see their paintings achieve pride of place at the Salon was not just about artistic competitiveness, it was about how to see the world. Full of fantastic tidbits of information (such as the use of carrier pigeons and hot-air balloons during the siege of Paris), and a colourful cast of characters that includes Baudelaire, Courbet, and Zola, with walk-on parts for Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne, The Judgment of Paris casts new light on the birth of Impressionism and takes us to the heart of a time in which the modern French identity was being forged. From the Hardcover edition.

Galileos Tochter

Author: Dava Sobel
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 9783827072375
Release Date: 2010-09-11
Genre: Science

Celeste ging bereits als junges Mädchen ins Kloster. Über hundert Briefe an den Vater sind erhalten und zeigen einen Galileo, wie wir ihn nicht kennen: voller Mut, die Wahrheiten, auf die er stieß, zu erklären. Sobel versteht es meisterlich, die Stimmen von Galileo und seiner Tochter in ihre Erzählung einzuweben. Und sie führt uns die wohl dramatischste Konfrontation von Kirche und Wissenschaft vor Augen, die es in der Geschichte gegeben hat.

Das Labyrinth der Welt

Author: Ross King
Publisher: dotbooks
ISBN: 9783958244726
Release Date: 2016-02-02
Genre: Fiction

Ein sagenumwobenes Buch und eine lebensgefährliche Suche: „Das Labyrinth der Welt“ von Ross King jetzt als eBook bei dotbooks. London, im 17. Jahrhundert. Ein mysteriöser Auftrag ereilt den Buchhändler Isaac Inchbold: Die geheimnisvolle Lady Aletha bittet ihn, ein überaus wertvolles Manuskript ausfindig zu machen, welches einst aus ihrem Besitz verschwand. Obwohl das Buch bereits Vater und Ehemann der Lady den Tod brachte, erklärt sich Inchbold bereit, sich dem gefährlichen Rätsel zu stellen. Dabei stößt er auf Spione und Gelehrte, Alchimisten und Ketzer – und ist schon bald in ein undurchsichtiges Netz aus Intrigen verstrickt, das auch sein eigenes Leben bedroht ... „King ist ein ausgezeichneter Roman gelungen, den man auf verschiedenen Ebenen goutieren kann: als Kriminal- und Abenteuerschmöker, als historischen und bibliophilen Roman oder als Netzwerk von Zeichen und Motiven.“ Neue Zürcher Zeitung Jetzt als eBook kaufen und genießen: „Das Labyrinth der Welt“ von Ross King. Wer liest, hat mehr vom Leben: dotbooks – der eBook-Verlag.

Thomas Eakins and the Cultures of Modernity

Author: Alan C. Braddock
ISBN: UOM:39015078784116
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Art

"Thomas Eakins and the Cultures of Modernity is the first book to situate Philadelphia's greatest realist painter in relation to the historical discourse of cultural difference. In this study Alan C. Braddock reveals that modern anthropological perceptions of "culture," which many art historians attribute to Eakins, did not become current until after the artist's death in 1916. Braddock finds in the work of Thomas Eakins a lifelong engagement with aesthetic and social currents that extended well beyond his native city of Philadelphia, indicating the persistence of a worldly sensibility long after he had concluded his formative studies in Europe during the 1860s. Braddock shows how Eakins developed a localized cosmopolitanism all his own, based in Philadelphia but tapped into a global field of visual production."--BOOK JACKET.