Arts & Photography History & Criticism Books

Introducing the Classical world

This 20-hour free course introduced the Classical world through the various sources of information used by scholars.

Art in Renaissance Venice

This unit considers the art of Renaissance Venice and how such art was determined in many ways by the city's geographical location and ethnically diverse population. Studying Venice and its art offers a challenge to the conventional notion of Renaissance art as an entirely Italian phenomenon.

The charming natural landscapes: of the Austrian artist Alois Arnegger

Alois Arnegger - Austrian landscape painter, master of everyday genre, portraitist. He was born in Vienna and studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts there in the Vienna Academy of Arts from R. Ras and A. Aizenmenger, from 1916 - a member of the Vienna Academy, as well as the society of Albrecht Durer. He made an educational trip to Austria and the Swiss Alps.

At the beginning of his career, Arnegger focused on the image of Austrian scenes. He became known as a landscape painter. In the 1920s Arnegger visited Italy and was fascinated by its coastal views. Since then he has painted bright and colorful views of Capri, Lake Como and Naples. However, later Arnegger returned to Austria, where he returned to painting alpine landscapes with dramatic lighting.

Alpine villages in bloom, dense centuries-old forests, rushing mountain rivers. It seems that everyone draws the foothills of the Alps just like that, but Alois Arnegger has got completely alive pictures. Without any pink shepherdesses and glamorous cowherd boys. Therefore, the paintings are simply interesting to watch - there is no sense of the artificiality of plots. His son Gottfried Arnegger was also an artist.

Alois Arnegger died in Vienna in 1963.

Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern

This 10-hour free course explored the fundamental issues raised by the study of western art and visual culture over the last millennium.

David Hume

This 16-hour free course explored Hume's views on death, and shifts in attitude towards death and religious belief in late eighteenth-century Europe.

Hadrian's Rome

This 10-hour free course explored the city of Rome during the reign of the emperor Hadrian and the impact Hadrian had on the appearance of the city.

Studying the arts and humanities

This 4-hour free course introduced the study of the arts and humanities, and explored skills and techniques required for learning at a distance.

Robert Owen and New Lanark

This 12-hour free course explored the ideas of Robert Owen and a range of social issues he sought to address in the early 1800s.


This 16-hour free course explored the work of Delacroix and how his paintings relate to the cultural transition from Enlightenment to Romanticism.


This 5-hour free course explored the works of Goya, the influences of the times in which he lived and developments in his career as an artist.


This 16-hour free course examined William Wilberforce's career and writings and assessed their historical significance.

Napoleonic paintings

Using Napoleonic imagery, this 16-hour free course explored analysis and interpretation of works of art and the relationship between art and politics.

The body in antiquity

This 5-hour free course explored the concept of the body in Greek and Roman civilisation and its importance for our understanding of ancient society.

French neo-impressionist Henri Cross: 120+ best masterpieces of the painter (Impressionism Book 13)

Henri Edmond Cross (Delacroix) is a French artist, one of the largest representatives of neo-impressionism. Born in 1856 in the town of Douai, located in the north of France. In 1865 the family moved to the city of Lille. The artist's talent was manifested early in the boy, and his father's cousin financed his training in drawing and painting from the artist Carolus-Durant. In 1875 Henri came to Paris and for some time studied at the Higher National School of Fine Arts. In 1878 he entered the Lille School of Design and Architecture and studied for three years under the guidance of professor of painting Alfons Cola. In 1881 Henri Delacroix returned to Paris and exhibited his paintings in the Salon. In order that he was not confused with Eugene Delacroix, he chose the pseudonym Cross.

The artist's early works - portraits and still lifes, were executed in a realistic manner with a predominance of dark colors. In 1883, Kross met with Claude Monet and Paul Signac, who had a great influence on the creative manner of the artist. In May 1884 Henri Cross took part in the first exhibition of Independent Artists, which in late June of the same year created the Society of Independent Artists. In 1891 Cross was elected his vice-president. By the time he became one of the leading artists of neo-impressionism. His canvases were bright, full of light and attracted attention by pictures. The first personal exhibition of Henri Edmond Cross was held in 1894 in the Paris gallery of Eugene Drueta, which featured 30 paintings and 30 watercolors of the painter. In 1896 the artist held his exhibitions in the galleries of Bing and Durand-Ruel, and later participated in the exhibitions of the "Secession" in Berlin and Dresden.

May 16, 1910 Henri Edmond Cross (Delacroix) died at the age of 55 in Saint Clair, where he was buried.

The name of this artist is mentioned in rows with the names of such grandees of painting as Georges Cera, Paul Signac. It can not be said that Cross paintings constantly participate in major auctions, and his name attracts a large number of buyers, but, for example, his painting "Vendanges" in 2005 was sold for almost 3 million pounds ($5,410,909).

Musée du Louvre

This 4-hour free course explored the development of the Louvre, the importance of art through history and the impact of personality and conflict.

A Bird in the Hand

This book is a brief look into the world of Terry Everitt as a Wildlife Artist - or Bird Carver as he'd rather be known. It describes the strong feelings he has about both the good and the bad of inheriting a talent and how it's affected his life over the last 40 years or so. It traces the path from his earlier years drawing and painting birds, then changing his tools and medium to reach where he is today as a carver.

Terry briefly covers the evolution he went through with variations in the design of his unique "Naturebox" before specialising in the product that he crafts nowadays. He includes a short, but nevertheless, easy to follow "work in progress" piece which details the process of carving birds from wood.

If you are an experienced wildlife wood carver already or have always hankered over picking up some sharp instruments, Terry's book will inspire you. It's a great hobby to have.

suRRism: Manifesto

Das suRRism Manifesto wurde 2007 von Acedia Nuit und Jaan Patterson weltweit veroffentlicht. Es beschreibt einen elementaren Prozess des Bewusstseins in pragnanter Form. Es wird auch als Mantra, oder als Ritual gelesen.

Spiral Jetta Summer: Swimming in the Great Salt Lake (Chicago Shorts)

Erin Hogan hit the road in her Volkswagen Jetta and headed west from Chicago in search of the monuments of American land art: a salty coil of rocks, four hundred stainless steel poles, a gash in a mesa, four concrete tubes, and military sheds filled with cubes. Her completed journey took her through the states of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. It also took her through the states of anxiety, drunkenness, disorientation, and heat exhaustion. Spiral Jetta Summer is a chronicle of this adventure, and it reveals Hogan's unpretentious and boisterous narrative flair on the roads of middle-of-nowhere Utah in pursuit of Robert Smithson's classic work Spiral Jetty. Along the way, Hogan writes about venturing outside of her urban comfort zone; who she encounters; and most importantly, how she found most of what she was looking for and then some.

UnRecordists: Manifesto

Das erste UnRecordistische Manifest veroffentlich 2009 von Jaan Patterson (suRRism). Mitglieder sind z.B. William Davison (Recordism, Grunder von The Recordists), Acedia Nuit (suRRism), Eternal Holy Youth, Murmurists, Lee Kwo Olchar E. Lindsann, Matina L. Stamatakis, Zaph Arz, Iryna Harpy and Robert Chrysler R.I.P..

Synopsis on Da Vinci’s ‘31’ re: Dresden Codex

Does the 'Dresden Codex' contain secrets in its artwork? Yes. This peculiar astronomy manual regarding Venus, with its colorful caricatures of warriors mutating into dragons and trees (while mixing alchemical potions and traveling on journeys), had contained secrets that delight and stump the very elite of the world's craftiest codebreakers.

This picture-based book is a synopsis of evidence that we have amassed in regard to the meaning of a number '31' that we had found hidden in Leonardo Da Vinci's work. With that number in hand, we explore the secrets of the Transformation Process of turning Mercury to Gold inside of the Philosophers' Stone alchemy texts through their rebus picture words. We then search for parallel evidence within the 'Dresden Codex.' This book examines how the hidden number '31' is embedded in not only the 'Dresden Codex,' but is widespread in science and geometry. Had there really been rebus picture word puzzles pointing to the number '31' in the artwork of the 'Dresden Codex'? Step aboard the enchanted mystery ship for a journey through the basics of the 'Dresden Codex'--a famous Maya writing which no one has ever been able to fully crack. The author provides a tight evidentiary argument for the 'Dresden Codex' being a version of the Philosophers' Stone genre of texts. Utilizing an extravaganza of vibrant illustrations from history's most eminent artists, this book first highlights the fine points of the 'Dresden Codex's fundamentals and then moves on to acquaint the readers with the history and overall canons of the Philosophers' Stone. The readers embark upon a tour through widely varying perspectives on the 'Dresden Codex'--as a fine example of Mesoamerican art. Readers will then learn the intricacies of the Art of alchemy, but what is even more important--by carefully piecing together the scattered clues, they will be brought nearer to the closely guarded message hidden deep inside the deliberately obscured texts. There is a message hidden in the picture word puzzles. Only this author exposes the true intent of the ancient alchemists, fishing out the actual concealed message from the muddy pond of hints and innuendo. The Art had been used for a very specific purpose--and readers are guaranteed to be surprised with the deciphered end result. This book is a fast paced thriller that decrypts real clues in the artwork and riddles of the Masters. Upending the apple cart on what should be found within the alchemy riddles, the author has ferreted the secret message out from the picture word puzzles. The message isn't what anyone expected. In effect, the end result creates a paradigm shift on how these ancient works should be considered. Surprisingly, there had been hidden secrets pointing to the '31' in the artwork of the 'Dresden Codex.'

Bill Reid Collected

Zen Culture

How Zen has influenced Art, Architecture, Literature, sports, ceramics, theatre. with dustjacket, clean bright copy

A Galileo Forgery (Galileo's O)

In this work, historians in various fields revise the results presented in the first two volumes of the series, which analyzed the New York copy of Sidereus Nuncius. While many of their findings remain valid, the subject of analysis proved to be a forgery. Volume III describes how the discovery of forgery was made - a watershed moment in the continuing struggle between forgers and those who seek to apprehend them.

The Symbolic Order: A Contemporary Reader On The Arts Debate (Falmer Press Library on Aesthetic Education)

Alongside "Living Powers" and "A is for Aesthetic" this book is intended to establish a conceptual frame for the Arts in Education series. The first and primary aim of this symposium is to put teachers of all the arts in touch with some of the most recent and the best writing on the nature of art by art-makers, educationalists and seminal critics. This in itself is to foster generative conceptions and to promote a sense of connection between the arts. Such an intellectual forum is vital, particularly at the present time when, with the waning of Modernism, there is a real need for new formulations, more comprehensive critiques, a greater awareness of the plurality of artistic conventions and, hence, of expressive possibilities. Each essay both stands alone and belongs to a structured sequential argument uniting the collection.

Sense and Sensibility (Annotated)

Though not the first novel she wrote, Sense and Sensibility was the first Jane Austen published. Though she initially called it Elinor and Marianne, Austen jettisoned both the title and the epistolary mode in which it was originally written, but kept the essential theme: the necessity of finding a workable middle ground between passion and reason. The story revolves around the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. Whereas the former is a sensible, rational creature, her younger sister is wildly romantic--a characteristic that offers Austen plenty of scope for both satire and compassion. Commenting on Edward Ferrars, a potential suitor for Elinor's hand, Marianne admits that while she "loves him tenderly", she finds him disappointing as a possible lover for her sister:Oh! Mama, how spiritless, how tame was Edward's manner in reading to us last night! I felt for my sister most severely. Yet she bore it with so much composure, she seemed scarcely to notice it. I could hardly keep my seat. To hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference!Soon, however, Marianne meets a man who measures up to her ideal: Mr Willoughby, a new neighbour. So swept away by passion is Marianne that her behaviour begins to border on the scandalous. Then Willoughby abandons her; meanwhile, Elinor's growing affection for Edward suffers a check when he admits he is secretly engaged to a childhood sweetheart. misfortunes and the lessons they draw before coming finally to the requisite happy ending forms the heart of the novel. Though Marianne's disregard for social conventions and willingness to consider the world well-lost for love may appeal to modern readers, it is Elinor whom Austen herself most evidently admired; a truly happy marriage, she shows us, exists only where sense and sensibility meet and mix in proper measure. --Alix Wilber,