Jewelry: The Body Transformed

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Metropolitan Museum of Art #ad - But how is the meaning of jewelry bound to the body that wears it?   Establishing six different modes of ornamenting the body—Deconstructed, Idealized, Regal, Divine, Alluring, and Resplendent—this artfully designed book illustrates how these various definitions of the body give meaning to the jewelry that adorns it.

A cross-cultural examination of jewelry spanning 5, accentuating it, 000 years that investigates not only the objects themselves but also the bodies they decorated As an art form, concealing it, jewelry is defined primarily through its connection to and interaction with the body—extending it, distorting it, amplifying it, or transforming it.

Jewelry: The Body Transformed #ad - From earflares of warrior heroes in pre-columbian peru to designs by Yves Saint-Laurent, artisans, these precious and most intimate works of art provide insight not only about the wearer but also into the designers, and cultures that produced them. More than 200 examples of exceptional jewelry and ornaments, political, are shown alongside paintings and sculptures of bejeweled bodies to demonstrate the social, created across the globe from antiquity to the present, and aesthetic role of jewelry.

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7000 Years of Jewelry

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Firefly Books #ad - The previous edition of this exhaustive survey was published to critical acclaim by the British Museum Press. Egyptian necklaces, celtic torcs, south american gold masks, Renaissance pendants and Art Nouveau buckles are examples of the range of the masterpieces described and illustrated with 400 superb photographs.

The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated history of jewelry. The book explores the varied styles, techniques and materials used to make jewelry in many civilizations throughout the world and across the millennia. More comprehensive than before, this reference remains the finest and most beautifully illustrated history of jewelry ever published.

7000 Years of Jewelry #ad - . 7000 years of jewelry takes readers on an impressive tour that includes, greek, india, korea and japan: 300-1000 mayan central america: 600-1000 central and south america: 500-1500 europe, mexico and peru: 600 bc-ad 600 the mediterranean, etruscan and persian lands: 850-325 BC China, Roman Britain and Byzantium: 325 BC-AD 600 Europe, Islam, India, China, China, Korea and Java: 1000-1500 China, Celtic Europe, among other times and places: The Middle East: 5000-2000 BC Egypt: 1500-900 BC Phoenician, Egypt, Tibet and Mongolia: 1500-1850 West Africa: 1500-1800 Europe: 1500-1950.

The new edition includes a complete revision of the section on Europe after 1700, plus revisions to the sections on Celtic Europe, Roman Britain, cameos and finger rings. Since publication, the museum has expanded its collection, with major acquisitions of pieces from Europe and Asia.

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Arts and Crafts Jewelry in Boston: Frank Gardner Hale and His Circle

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MFA Publications #ad - The authoritative text brings together scholars of jewelry history and American design to explore how Hale and his contemporaries expressed Arts and Crafts principles in the creation of jewels of enduring allure. These drawings provide insight into the works' transformation from two to three dimensions and represent rare renderings of many pieces of jewelry that are now lost.

A leading figure in the community of jewelers and an advocate for the Society of Arts and Crafts, among them Josephine Hartwell Shaw, Edward Everett Oakes, Hale influenced many other important makers, Margaret Rogers and Elizabeth Copeland. This book, the first in-depth study of the subject, reproduces dozens of ornaments in dazzling color, accompanied by design drawings from the extensive Frank Gardner Hale archive at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The first book on the arts and crafts movement behind the "boston look"at the turn of the 20th century in Boston, craftspeople, a vibrant and active community of jewelry makers―along with artists, critics and patrons―found unity in the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, scholars, which held that art and beauty could instill morality and inspire joy.

Arts and Crafts Jewelry in Boston: Frank Gardner Hale and His Circle #ad - Frank gardner hale, who trained in england with founders of the movement, helping to define the "Boston look" characterized by bold use of colored stones and brilliant enamels; refined and delicate settings; and exquisite design and craftsmanship, became the most prominent and prolific creator of works of wearable art, conceived and executed by a single craftsperson.

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Jean Schlumberger: The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts #ad - Mellon, these magnificent cigarette cases, pill boxes, necklaces, dedication to perfection and beauty, bracelets, brooches, and objets d’art celebrate the shared passions that united artist and patron: love of nature, and clarity of vision. Both commissioned and collected by Mrs. After beginning his career crafting costume jewelry for designer Elsa Schiaparelli in 1930s Paris, Schlumberger opened his own private salon at Tiffany & Co.

Jean Schlumberger: The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts #ad - This stylish catalogue presents highlights from the unrivaled collection of Schlumberger’s work given to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts by horticulturist, philanthropist, and longtime supporter of the museum Rachel Lambert Mellon. A dazzling look at a superb collection of magnificent jewelry and objets d’art by one of the 20th century’s most inventive and influential designers Famous for his inventive interpretations of animal and botanical subjects, artist-jeweler Jean Schlumberger 1907–1987 played a key role in 20th-century fashion with his vibrant sculptural designs for whimsical jewelry and accessories.

In the mid-1950s and began attracting celebrity clients, Audrey Hepburn, including Greta Garbo, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Armenia: Art, Religion, and Trade in the Middle Ages

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Metropolitan Museum of Art #ad - This sumptuous volume depicts and contextualizes the compelling works of art that defined the rich and complicated culture of medieval Armenians, liturgical furnishings, printed books, beautifully illustrated manuscripts, gilded reliquaries, exquisite textiles, including carvings, and more. Situated at the center of trade routes that connected the east and West during the Middle Ages, and Persian overlords, Armenia became a leading international trade partner for Seljuk, Mongol, Ottoman, while also serving as a powerful ally to Byzantium and European Crusader states.

Armenia: Art, Religion, and Trade in the Middle Ages #ad - A fascinating exploration of art created by the varied Armenian kingdoms that connected the East and West during the Middle Ages As the first people to officially convert to Christianity, Armenians commissioned and produced astonishing religious objects. Written by a team of international scholars, with contributions from Armenian religious leaders, this book will stand as the definitive text on the art and culture of medieval Armenia.

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Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

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Ecco #ad - Jewelry—which has long served as a stand-in for wealth and power, launched political dynasties, glamor and success—has birthed cultural movements, and started wars. Ecco Press. As entertaining as it is incisive, Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious.

What makes a stone a jewel? what makes a jewel priceless? and why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire.

Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World #ad - What moves the world is what moves each of us: desire. Masterfully weaving together pop science and history, and have—and explains what the diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill, why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade, Stoned breaks history into three categories—Want, why green-tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures, Take, and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklace.

Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.

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Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future

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Guggenheim Museum Publications #ad - Hilma af klint's daring abstractions exert a mystical magnetismWhen Swedish artist Hilma af Klint died in 1944 at the age of 81, she left behind more than 1, 000 paintings and works on paper that she had kept largely private during her lifetime. Ecco Press. Essays explore the social, contemporary scientific discoveries, placing her in the context of Swedish modernism and folk art traditions, intellectual and artistic context of af Klint's 1906 break with figuration and her subsequent development, and spiritualist and occult movements.

The volume also delves into her unrealized plans for a spiral-shaped temple in which to display her art―a wish that finds a fortuitous answer in the Guggenheim Museum's rotunda, the site of the exhibition. Hilma af klint 1862–1944 is now regarded as a pioneer of abstract art. A roundtable discussion among contemporary artists, scholars and curators considers af Klint's sources and relevance to art in the 21st century.

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future #ad - Believing the world was not yet ready for her art, she stipulated that it should remain unseen for another 20 years. But only in recent decades has the public had a chance to reckon with af Klint's radically abstract painting practice―one which predates the work of Vasily Kandinsky and other artists widely considered trailblazers of modernist abstraction.

Though her paintings were not seen publicly until 1987, her work from the early 20th century predates the first purely abstract paintings by Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich. Her boldly colorful works, totalizing world order through a synthesis of natural and geometric forms, spiritually informed attempt to chart an invisible, many of them large-scale, reflect an ambitious, textual elements and esoteric symbolism.

Accompanying the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work in the United States, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future represents her groundbreaking painting series while expanding recent scholarship to present the fullest picture yet of her life and art.

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Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques

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J. Paul Getty Museum #ad - It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Containing more than eighty color illustrations, this guide will be invaluable to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art of jewelry. Ecco Press. What is a cabochon? what are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms.

The fascination with personal adornment is universal. Jewelry encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time and in all cultures. The range of materials and techniques used in its construction is extraordinary, even revolutionary, with new substances and methods of fabrication added with every generation.

Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques #ad - In any given society, master artisans have devoted their time, energy, and talent to the fine art of jewelry making, creating some of the most spectacular objects known to humankind. This volume, students, scholars, scientists, geared toward jewelry makers, and fashionistas alike, begins with a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewelry and its production.

The main text provides information on the most common, techniques, iconic, and culturally significant forms of jewelry and also covers materials, and manufacturing processes.

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East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection

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Prestel #ad - East meets west also showcases the significant role that gender played, as Indian men adorned themselves with treasures worn exclusively by women in Europe. With fascinating essays and beautiful photographs, this book illustrates the cultural and artistic conversations that resulted in some of the most gorgeous jewelry ever created.

Copublished by the fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and DelMonico Books Ecco Press. This stunning book focuses on four centuries of magnificent jewelry that resulted from the cultural exchange between India and Europe. From the dawn of the mughal empire through the end of the British Raj, exquisite pieces of jewelry from or inspired by India traveled between Europe and Asia.

East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection #ad - This book features more than 150 objects, enameled gold, and other precious works of art that range in date from the 17th century to the 1930s, including jewel-encrusted jades, famous gemstones, along with exquisite contemporary examples by JAR and Baghat that draw from earlier motifs. As illustrated in this elegant book, 20th-century influences flowed in the opposite direction when Indian jewelry inspired European designers to make pieces in the Indian style.

Between the 16th and 19th centuries, indian jewelry and works of art developed Persian and Muslim influences brought over by the Mughal Empire while European styles and craftsmanship traveled to India via the British Raj.

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Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide

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DK #ad - Smithsonian gem interweaves glorious images, natural history, mythology and intriguing true stories. Hardcover; 440 pages. See the exquisite jewelry pieces of royalty around the world, high-society women, and Native American traditions. Lavish jacket features a debossed and foiled diamond. Visit the russian amber room, study the details of a Fabergé egg, and find out what characteristics are needed for a record-breaking gem.

The stories, and legends that surround the most celebrated gems and jewel-laden artifacts from around the world are revealed, from their journeys in the company of royalty, myths, film stars, and thieves to the curse of the Hope Diamond. Ecco Press. 11. 9" x 9. 9". A dazzling visual guide to precious and semiprecious stones, mythology, specially commissioned images as well as science, organic gems, and precious metals that showcases beautiful, natural history, and true stories of adventure and discovery.

Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide #ad - From diamonds and sapphires to emeralds and obsidian, Gem profiles all the key gemstones and other precious materials. Its stunning images show the jewels in their different cuts, colors, and uses. From royalty and film stars to thieves and curses, this is a dazzling and comprehensive visual guide to the world’s most precious rocks and minerals.

Follow the history of the world's most famous jewelry houses and their designers, including Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co.

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Chains: Jewelry in History, Function and Ornament

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Silvana Editorale #ad - Ecco Press. This book retraces the historic, design and manufacturing, symbolic and aesthetic evolution of the chain, and examines its intersections with art, fashion, one of the most abundant and beloved of jewelry items, from antiquity to the present. Lavish jacket features a debossed and foiled diamond.

Chains: Jewelry in History, Function and Ornament #ad - Smithsonian gem interweaves glorious images, natural history, mythology and intriguing true stories. Hardcover; 440 pages. 11. 9" x 9. 9". From royalty and film stars to thieves and curses, this is a dazzling and comprehensive visual guide to the world’s most precious rocks and minerals.

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