Blue Arabesque

A Search for the Sublime
Author: Patricia Hampl
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 9780547350837
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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These meditations inspired by a Matisse painting are “a paean to the act of seeing, celebrating our capacity to be transformed by the truths art holds.” —The New York Times Book Review Named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Nonfiction of the Year Just out of college, Patricia Hampl was mesmerized by a Matisse painting in the Art Institute of Chicago: an aloof woman gazing at goldfish in a bowl, a Moroccan screen behind her. In Blue Arabesque, Hampl explores the allure of this lounging woman, immersed in leisure, so at odds with the rush of the modern era. Hampl’s meditation takes us to the Cote d’Azur and to North Africa, from cloister to harem, pondering figures as diverse as Eugene Delacroix, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Katherine Mansfield. Returning always to Matisse’s portraits of languid women, she discovers they were not decorative indulgences but something much more. Moving with the life force that Matisse sought in his work, Blue Arabesque is Hampl’s dazzling and critically acclaimed tour de force.

The Historical Harpsichord

Volume four
Author: Sheridan Germann
Publisher: Pendragon Press
ISBN: 9780945193753
Category: Music
Page: 241
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Volume IV of The Historical Harpsichord contains two monographs of major importance, Harpsichord Decoration: A Conspectus by Sheridan Germann, and A Fable Deconstructed: The 1770 Taskin at Yale by Richard Rephann. Sheridan Germann, an acclaimed scholar and practitioner in the field of harpsichord decoration, offers the first comprehensive illustrated conspectus of thesubject. In Part I Ms. Germann tells us that the styles of the decoration of harpsichords (and spinets, virginals and clavichords) tended to follow contemporary furniture fashions, but usually lagged conservatively behind the prevailing fashions. Because, unlike most furniture, the instruments are often dated, they provide rare documentation of how long these styles remained in common use. This survey follows chronologically the five major regional traditions of keyboard instrument decoration-Italian, Flemish, French, German and English-but with emphasis on the international changes in taste on which each region produced its own variations.In Part II, Richard Rephann of the Yale Musical Instrument Collection describes his research into the uniquely experimental construction of the 1770 Pascal Taskin harpsichord. This essay forms a pendant to William Dowd's in Vol. I that treats the surviving instruments of the Blanchet-Taskin workshop up to 1770. The romantic provenance of the 1770 Taskin, concocted by the antique trade to enhance the instrument's market value, is revealed as a fable.

Western Illuminated Manuscripts

A Catalogue of the Collection in Cambridge University Library
Author: Paul Binski,Patrick Zutshi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139500600
Category: Art
Page: N.A
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Cambridge University Library's collection of illuminated manuscripts is of international significance. It originates in the medieval university and stands alongside the holdings of the colleges and the Fitzwilliam Museum. The University Library contains major European examples of medieval illumination from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, with acknowledged masterpieces of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance book art, as well as illuminated literary texts, including the first complete Chaucer manuscript. This catalogue provides scholars and researchers easy access to the University Library's illuminated manuscripts, evaluating the importance of many of them for the very first time. It contains descriptions of famous manuscripts, for example the Life of Edward the Confessor attributed to Matthew Paris, as well as hundreds of lesser-known items. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the catalogue contains descriptions of individual manuscripts with up-to-date assessments of their style, origins and importance, together with bibliographical references.

Synaesthesia: Theoretical, artistic and scientific foundations

Author: María José de Córdoba,Dina Riccò,Sean A Day
Publisher: Fundación Internacional artecittà
ISBN: 8493905496
Page: 372
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Synaesthesia: Theoretical, artistic and scientific foundations Editorial Board Sean A. Day (Trident Technical College, USA. President of the American Synesthesia Association) Maria José De Córdoba (Granada University, Department of Drawing) Emilio G. Milán (Granada University, Department of Experimental Psychology) Ed Hubbard (Vanderbilt University, Department of Psychology and Human Development) Dina Riccò (Politecnico di Milano University, Department of Design) Editorial Staff Edited by: Maria Josè De Cordoba, Dina Riccò, Sean Day The three editors have worked in collaboration on the entire book. In particular: M.J. De Cordoba has edited chapters I.2, I.4, I.5., II.2, II.6, II.7, II.8; D. Riccò chapters I.1, I.3, II.1, II.3, II.4, II.5; and Sean Day has edited the English revision of the whole book. Chapters written in native English by the respective authors: I.1, I.2, I.5, II.1. English translation from Spanish: Julia López de la Torre Lucha (Foreword, Preface, chapters I.4, II.2, II.7, II.8); Donald Hubert Duffy III (chapter II.5). English Translation from Italian: Margaret Wood / Intras Congressi Bologna (chapters I.6, II.4), Peter Deville (chapter I.3), John Lander, Annarita Guidi and Maria Catricalà (chapter II.3). English Translation from Russian: Anton V. Sidoroff-Dorso (Chapter II.6). Special thanks to Timothy B. Layden. Graphic coordination: Dina Riccò Graphic design: Giulia Martimucci Visual: Alessandro Zamperini © 2014 Ediciones Fundación Internacional ArteCittà, Granada (Spain) Original Title: Sinestesia. Los fundamentos teóricos, artísticos y científicos, by Maria José De Cordoba, Dina Riccò et al. First Spanish Edition published in 2012 by Ediciones Fundación Internacional Artecittà (Granada, Spain) eBook Edition ISBN: 978-84-939054-9-1 D.L.: GR 1383-2014 (14.07.2014) Produced by Fundación Internacional Artecittà, Granada, Spain Printed Edition ISBN: 978-84-939054-6-0 D.L.: GR 1382-2014 (14.07.2014) Printing: Imprenta Del Carmen, Granada, Spain First English Edition: July 2014

Second Hand Smoke

A Novel
Author: Thane Rosenbaum
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466807326
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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In the seamy atmosphere of Miami Beach's Collins Avenue, Mila Katz, a streaky card shark and confidante of mobsters, lives by the wits with which she has survived the Holocaust. Second Hand Smoke is the story of Mila's sons, Issac and Duncan, the one secretly abandoned in Poland, and the other, American-born, raised as an avenging Nazi hunter, poisoned with rage. Told in bursts of fractured realism and dark comedy, Second Hand Smoke is a postmodern mystery of great lyrical power, deep insight, and emotional resonance.


Author: Deborah Satinwood
Publisher: Zebra Books
ISBN: 9780821744765
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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While in Morocco, Welsh beauty Gwenllian Evans is rescued by mysterious, raven-haired Morgan Riff, the intense warrior whom Gwen had met years earlier when he laid claim to the great Welsh estate of Hiraeth. Original.

The House of Impossible Loves

Author: Cristina López Barrio
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547661215
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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An “exuberant” (El Mundo) debut novel of a family bound by searing passions, an earthy magic, and a very unusual curse The Laguna women suffer from an odd affliction: each generation is condemned to tragic love affairs and to give birth only to girls who are unable to escape the cruel fate of their mothers. One fateful hunting season in their small Castilian town, a young landowner arrives and begins a passionate affair with Clara Laguna, the latest in the family line, daughter of a one-eyed woman known as “the Laguna witch.” He leaves her pregnant with yet another daughter, but the seeds of change are sown. Eventually the long-awaited son—Santiago, the great-great grandson of Clara—is born. A window of hope is opened, but is the curse truly over? Introducing a cast of memorable, eccentric characters from a bearded, mute female cook to the local do-gooding priest and the indelible Laguna women themselves, The House of Impossible Loves is a feat of imaginative storytelling that marks the arrival of a talented new novelist.

Light and Dark

A Novel
Author: Sōseki Natsume
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231536186
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
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Light and Dark, Natsume Soseki's longest novel and masterpiece, although unfinished, is a minutely observed study of haute-bourgeois manners on the eve of World War I. It is also a psychological portrait of a new marriage that achieves a depth and exactitude of character revelation that had no precedent in Japan at the time of its publication and has not been equaled since. With Light and Dark, Soseki invented the modern Japanese novel. Recovering in a clinic following surgery, thirty-year-old Tsuda Yoshio receives visits from a procession of intimates: his coquettish young wife, O-Nobu; his unsparing younger sister, O-Hide, who blames O-Nobu's extravagance for her brother's financial difficulties; his self-deprecating friend, Kobayashi, a ne'er-do-well and troublemaker who might have stepped from the pages of a Dostoevsky novel; and his employer's wife, Madam Yoshikawa, a conniving meddler with a connection to Tsuda that is unknown to the others. Divergent interests create friction among this closely interrelated cast of characters that explodes into scenes of jealousy, rancor, and recrimination that will astonish Western readers conditioned to expect Japanese reticence. Released from the clinic, Tsuda leaves Tokyo to continue his convalescence at a hot-springs resort. For reasons of her own, Madam Yoshikawa informs him that a woman who inhabits his dreams, Kiyoko, is staying alone at the same inn, recovering from a miscarriage. Dissuading O-Nobu from accompanying him, Tsuda travels to the spa, a lengthy journey fraught with real and symbolic obstacles that feels like a passage from one world to another. He encounters Kiyoko, who attempts to avoid him, but finally manages a meeting alone with her in her room. Soseki's final scene is a sublime exercise in indirection that leaves Tsuda to "explain the meaning of her smile."

Between Human and Divine

The Catholic Vision in Contemporary Literature
Author: Mary Reichardt
Publisher: CUA Press
ISBN: 0813217393
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 304
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Between Human and Divine is the first collection of scholarly essays published on a wide variety of contemporary (post 1980) Catholic literary works and artists. Its aim is to introduce readers to recent and emerging writers and texts in the tradition.

Tell Me True

Memoir, History, and Writing a Life
Author: Patricia Hampl,Elaine Tyler May
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society
ISBN: 9780873518154
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 240
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Fourteen award-winning writers explore the fascinating intersection of history and memoir.

The Arts of China

Author: Michael Sullivan
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520218772
Category: Art
Page: 322
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Sullivan has thoroughly revised this classic history of Chinese art which covers the period from Neolithic times to the 1990s. 224 photos. 164 color illustrations. 14 maps.

The Qurʻān

Catalogue of an Exhibition of Qurʻān Manuscripts at the British Library, 3 April-15 August 1976
Author: Martin Lings,Yasin Hamid Safadi
Publisher: British Library
ISBN: 9780905035208
Category: Calligraphy, Islamic
Page: 98
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The passionate eye

the collected writing of Suzanne Vega
Author: Suzanne Vega
Publisher: Avon Books
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 275
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The folk singer presents lyrics, interviews, and essays that reflect both her work and her personal life