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The Life of Animals in Japanese Art
Robert Singer et al.

Drawing upon Japan’s unique spiritual heritage, rich literary traditions, and currents in popular culture, its artists have long expressed admiration for animals in sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, metalwork, ceramics, textiles, and woodblock prints. Spanning 16 centuries, the nearly three hundred works in this volume present animals in a variety of guises, from messengers of the divine and symbols of power or good fortune, to comical or satirical actors, and manifestations of the beauty of the natural world. Real and fantastic creatures are meticulously rendered, often with humor and whimsy, by artists ranging from Itō Jakuchū and Utagawa Kuniyoshi to Kusama Yayoi and Nara Yoshitomo.

Contributions by an international team of Japanese art experts show how these artists employed creatures to teach virtuous behavior, mock customs, exemplify bravery, and celebrate life. Also featured are essays by leading scholars of Japanese literature, religion, and scientific inquiry. Richly illustrated, this volume reveals the connections between the natural world and visual and creative expression.

344 pages | 475 illustrations | 9 × 12 inches

Coming May 2019

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Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
Edited by Andrew Butterfield with contributions by Charles Dempsey, Gretchen Hirschauer, Alison Luchs, Lorenza Melli, Dylan Smith, Elizabeth Walmsley, et al.

Andrea del Verrocchio (c. 1435–1488) was one of the most versatile and inventive artists of the Italian Renaissance. He created art across media, from his spectacular sculptures and paintings to his work in goldsmithing, architecture, and engineering. His expressive, confident drawings provide a key point of contact between sculpture and painting. He led a vibrant workshop where he taught young artists who later became some of the greatest painters of the period, including Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Lorenzo di Credi, and Domenico Ghirlandaio.

This beautifully illustrated book presents the first comprehensive survey of Verrocchio’s art, spanning his entire career and featuring some fifty sculptures, paintings, and drawings, in addition to works he created with his students. Through incisive scholarly essays, in-depth catalog entries, and breathtaking illustrations, this volume draws on the latest research in art history and technical investigations by conservators and scientists to show why Verrocchio was one of the most innovative and influential of all Florentine artists.

304 pages | 195 illustrations | 9.5 × 11.75 inches

Coming September 2019

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Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain
C. D. Dickerson III, Mark McDonald, et al.

Alonso Berruguete (c. 1488–1561) revolutionized the arts of Renaissance Spain with a dramatic style of sculpture that reflected the decade or more he had spent in Italy while young. Trained as a painter, he traveled to Italy around 1506, where he interacted with Michelangelo and other leading artists. In 1518 he returned to Spain and was appointed court painter to the new king, Charles I. Eventually, he made his way to Valladolid, where he shifted his focus to sculpture, opening a large workshop that produced breathtaking multistory altarpieces (retablos) decorated with sculptures in painted wood.

This handsomely illustrated catalog is the first in English to treat Berruguete’s art and life broadly. It follows his career from his beginnings in Castile to his final years in Toledo, where he produced his last great work, the marble tomb of Cardinal Juan de Tavera. Enriching the chronological narrative are discussions of important aspects of Berruguete’s life and practice: his complicated relationship with social status and wealth, his activity as a draftsman and use of prints, how he worked with his many assistants to create his wood sculptures, and his legacy as an artist.

272 pages | 175 illustrations | 9.25 × 11.5 inches

Coming October 2019