Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World [EPUB]

Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World [EPUB]
Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World by James Boyce
2014 | EPUB | 516.38KB

“Original sin is the Western world’s creation story.”

According to the doctrine of original sin, humans are born bad and only God’s grace can bring salvation. In this captivating book, acclaimed historian James Boyce shows how these ideas have shaped the Western view of human nature right up to the present. The legacy of original sin takes many forms, including the distinctive discontent of Western people – the feelings of guilt and inadequacy associated not with doing wrong, but with being wrong.

As well as an innovative history of Christianity, Boyce offers new insights into the making of the West. Born Bad traces a fascinating journey from Adam and Eve all the way to Adam Smith and Richard Dawkins in this sweeping story of a controversial idea and its remarkable influence.

“What is wrong with me? This question has haunted the West for fifteen hundred years, but until recently it came with an answer – which was called original sin. Western people believed they were “born bad” because they had inherited the sin of the first humans.” — James Boyce

Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850 [EPUB]

Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850 [EPUB]
Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850 by Linda Colley
2010 | EPUB | 8.61MB

Ranging over a quarter of a millennium and four continents, Captives uncovers the experiences and writings of those tens of thousands of men and women who took part in Britain's rise to imperial pre-eminence, but who got caught and caught out.

Here are the stories of Sarah Shade, a camp follower imprisoned alongside defeated British legions in Southern India; of Joseph Pitts, white slave and pilgrim to Mecca; of Florentia Sale, captive and diarist in Afghanistan; of those individuals who crossed the cultural divide and switched identities, like the Irishman George Thomas; and of others who made it back, like the onetime Chippewa warrior and Scot, John Rutherford. Linda Colley uses these tales of ordinary individuals trapped in extraordinary encounters to re-evaluate the character and diversity of the British Empire. She explores what they reveal about British responses to, relations with, and frequent dependence upon different non-European peoples. She shows how British attitudes to Islam, slavery, race, and American Revolutionaries look different once the captive's perspective is admitted. And she demonstrates how these individual captivities illuminate the limits of Britain's global power over time - as well as its extent.

Richly illustrated and evocatively written, Captives is both a magnificent and compelling work of history, and a powerful and original reappraisal of the significance and survivals of empire now.

The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History [EPUB]

The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History [EPUB]
The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History by Linda Colley
2009 | EPUB | 11.61MB

In this remarkable reconstruction of an eighteenth-century woman's extraordinary and turbulent life, historian Linda Colley not only tells the story of Elizabeth Marsh, one of the most distinctive travelers of her time, but also opens a window onto a radically transforming world.

Marsh was conceived in Jamaica, lived in London, Gibraltar, and Menorca, visited the Cape of Africa and Rio de Janeiro, explored eastern and southern India, and was held captive at the court of the sultan of Morocco. She was involved in land speculation in Florida and in international smuggling, and was caught up in three different slave systems. She was also a part of far larger histories. Marsh's lifetime saw new connections being forged across nations, continents, and oceans by war, empire, trade, navies, slavery, and print, and these developments shaped and distorted her own progress and the lives of those close to her. Colley brilliantly weaves together the personal and the epic in this compelling story of a woman in world history.

The Stories of the Mona Lisa [EPUB]

The Stories of the Mona Lisa [EPUB]
The Stories of the Mona Lisa: An Imaginary Museum Tale about the History of Modern Art by Piotr Barsony
2012 | EPUB | 15.68MB

“Dad, will you tell me a story?” asks a little girl. “Sure,” artist Piotr Barsony responds. “I’ll tell you a story about a painting. And the Mona Lisa, the most beautiful painting in all the world, will be our subject.”

Thus begins the fascinating history of modern painting through what many consider the most famous work in the history of art: the Mona Lisa by Léonardo De Vinci. Piotr acts as the museum guide for his young daughter throughout the book, taking us on a journey through an imaginary museum. He describes famous art movements and artists, including: impressionism, cubism, expressionism, favism, minimalism, surrealism; Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Picasso, Bacon, Pollock, and more. All of the most famous painters of the modern and contemporary art movements are explained with their own Mona Lisa portraits, in their signature styles.

Throughout the book, Piotr acts as a guide, explaining to his daughter (and the reader) each genre of paintings in a clear, simple, and entertaining way. By the end of the book, we discover that he’s actually the artist who’s been painting all those Mona Lisas—and the results are spectacular. The Stories of the Mona Lisa is the perfect book for any child who loves art, history, and a good story.

Mouldmaking and Casting [EPUB]

Mouldmaking and Casting [EPUB]
Mouldmaking and Casting by Nick Brooks
2013 | EPUB | 44.48MB

Mouldmaking and Casting is a technical manual of the many techniques of this ancient craft and art form. With step-by-step illustrations, it explains the materials required and the processes involved to create reproductions of a range of pieces. The book covers traditional techniques as well as today's more advanced technical methods.

Art Nouveau (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]

Art Nouveau (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]
Art Nouveau (Art of Century Collection) by Jean Lahor
2012 | EPUB | 7.22MB

The Art Nouveau movement is distinguished as the decorative and architectural style that began, in response to the Industrial Revolution. The primary objective of this movement was the creation of a new aesthetic of nature through a return to the study of natural subjects. Designs from this movement are often characterized by plant or floral inspired patterns, and highly-stylized, detailed depictions countering the broad swooping curvatures of a piece in the Art Nouveau style.

In order to achieve this, such artists as Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Antoni Gaudí, Jan Toorop, and William Morris favoured innovation in technique and novelty of forms. Art Nouveau attempts to integrate art into all facets of life including materials from furniture, to decorative items in a home, to architecture; building on the movement’s philosophy of incorporating art into everyday life. After its triumph at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1900, the trend continued and has inspired many artists since, as well as the Art Déco movement, the successor of Art Nouveau which appeared after World War I. It is fair to say Art Nouveau was at the heart of a “renaissance” in decorative arts.

Rococo (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]

Rococo (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]
Rococo (Art of Century Collection) by Victoria Charles, Klaus H Carl
2014 | EPUB | 9.39MB

Deriving from the French word rocaille, in reference to the curved forms of shellfish, and the Italian barocco, the French created the term ‘Rococo’. Appearing at the beginning of the 18th century, it rapidly spread to the whole of Europe. Extravagant and light, Rococo responded perfectly to the spontaneity of the aristocracy of the time.

In many aspects, this art was linked to its predecessor, Baroque, and it is thus also referred to as late Baroque style. While artists such as Tiepolo, Boucher and Reynolds carried the style to its apogee, the movement was often condemned for its superficiality. In the second half of the 18th century, Rococo began its decline. At the end of the century, facing the advent of Neoclassicism, it was plunged into obscurity. It had to wait nearly a century before art historians could restore it to the radiance of its golden age, which is rediscovered in this work by Klaus H. Carl and Victoria Charles.

Russian Avant-Garde (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]

Russian Avant-Garde (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]
Russian Avant-Garde (Art of Century Collection) by Evgueny Kovtun
2009 | EPUB | 6.52MB

The Russian Avant-Garde was born at the turn of the 20th century in pre-revolutionary Russia. Intellectual and cultural turmoil had then reached a peak and provided fertile soil for the formation of the movement. For many artists influenced by European art, the movement represented a way of liberating themselves from the social and aesthetic constraints of the past. It was these Avant-Garde artists who, through their immense creativity, gave birth to abstract art, thereby elevating Russian culture to a modern level. Such painters as Kandinsky, Malevitch, Gontcharova, Larionov, and Tatline, to name but a few, had a definitive impact on 20th-century art.

Cubism (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]

Cubism (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]
Cubism (Art of Century Collection) by Guillaume Apollinaire, Dorothea Eimert
2014 | EPUB | 8.81MB

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon: five young women that changed modern art forever. Faces seen simultaneously from the front and in profile, angular bodies whose once voluptuous feminine forms disappear behind asymmetric lines-with this painting, Picasso revolutionised the entire history of painting. Cubism was thus born in 1907. Transforming natural forms into cylinders and cubes, painters like Juan Gris and Robert Delaunay, driven by Braque and Picasso, imposed a new vision upon the world, in total opposition to the principles of the Impressionists. Largely diffused in Europe, Cubism developed rapidly in successive phases that brought art history to all the richness of the 20th century: from the futurism of Boccioni to the abstraction of Kandinsky, from the suprematism of Malevich to the constructivism of Tatlin.

Linking the core text of Guillaume Apollinaire with the studies of Dr. Dorothea Eimert, this work offers a new interpretation of modernity’s crucial moment, and permits the reader to rediscover, through their biographies, the principal representatives of the movement.

Impressionism (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]

Impressionism (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]
Impressionism (Art of Century Collection) by Nathalia Brodskaya
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 9.54/62.42MB

“I paint what I see and not what it pleases others to see.” What other words than these of Édouard Manet, seemingly so different from the sentiments of Monet or Renoir, could best define the Impressionist movement? Without a doubt, this singularity was explained when, shortly before his death, Claude Monet wrote: “I remain sorry to have been the cause of the name given to a group the majority of which did not have anything Impressionist.”

In this work, Nathalia Brodskaïa examines the contradictions of this late 19th-century movement through the paradox of a group who, while forming a coherent ensemble, favoured the affirmation of artistic individuals. Between academic art and the birth of modern, non-figurative painting, the road to recognition was long. Analysing the founding elements of the movement, the author follows, through the works of each of the artists, how the demand for individuality gave rise to modern painting.

Post-Impressionism (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]

Post-Impressionism (Art of Century Collection) [EPUB]
Post-Impressionism (Art of Century Collection) by Nathalia Brodskaia
2010 | EPUB | 10.46MB

While Impressionism marked the first steps toward modern painting by revolutionising an artistic medium stifled by academic conventions, Post-Impressionism, even more revolutionary, completely liberated colour and opened it to new, unknown horizons. Anchored in his epoch, relying on the new chromatic studies of Michel Eugène Chevreul, Georges Seurat transcribed the chemist s theory of colours into tiny points that created an entire image. With his heavy strokes, Van Gogh illustrated the midday sun, while Cézanne renounced perspective. Rich in its variety and in the singularity of its artists, Post-Impressionism was a passage taken by all the well-known figures of 20th century painting, and which is here presented, for the great pleasure of the reader, by Nathalia Brodskaïa.

The New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons [EPUB]

The New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons [EPUB]
The New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons, 2nd Edition edited by Robert Mankoff
2012 | EPUB | 19.0MB

The riotous world of the classroom, captured by the cartoonists at The New Yorker

The New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons, Second Edition is a hilarious compilation of cartoons that capture the joy, terror, excitement, anxiety, fun, and bedlam that teachers experience every day, as seen through the eyes of The New Yorker's best-loved cartoonists.

A wonderful collection from some of the best and brightest artists in the world, The New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons takes a wry look into the classroom--at the students, at their devoted and demanding parents, and, especially, at the teachers in the thick of things.

  • Includes more than 100 hilarious cartoons
  • Updated edition reflects recent changes in the world of education
  • Features an introduction by Lee Lorenz

Compiled by Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker and creator of more than eight hundred cartoons published in the magazine, The New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons is a perfect gift for teachers, and an encyclopedia of laughs for us all.

The New Yorker Book of Golf Cartoons [EPUB]

The New Yorker Book of Golf Cartoons [EPUB]
The New Yorker Book of Golf Cartoons, 2nd Edition edited by Robert Mankoff
2012 | EPUB | 16.03MB

A wry look at the golfing world, from the beloved cartoonists at The New Yorker

A hilarious hole-in-one for golfers and cartoon-lovers alike, The New Yorker Book of Golf Cartoons, Second Edition brings together over a hundred classic images from across the magazine's eighty-plus-year history. Edited by Robert Mankoff, acclaimed cartoonist and cartoon editor at The New Yorker, and featuring work from legendary artists including Charles Addams, Roz Chast, Whitney Darrow Jr., Edward Koren, George Price, William Steig, and many others, the book is a side-splitting tribute to the game.

  • Brings together over 100 golf-related cartoons by the best-loved cartoonists at The New Yorker
  • Edited by the cartoonist and New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff
  • Newly revised and updated to include coverage of the most recent developments in the golfing world, including Tiger Woods's troubles and more
  • Features an introduction by Danny Shanahan

A timeless anthology of the very best golf cartoons ever to grace the pages of America's favorite magazine, The New Yorker Book of Golf Cartoons captures the passion and the pain of the game.

The Art of Oil Painting [EPUB]

The Art of Oil Painting [EPUB]
The Art of Oil Painting by Walter Foster Creative Team
2003 | EPUB | 94.56MB

This compilation of projects from some of our most popular How to Draw and Paint and Artist’s Library series titles provides inspiration and instruction on every aspect of oil painting. From the fundamentals to advanced techniques, The Art of Oil Painting is filled with information that artists of all skill levels will find useful. The contributing artists are all acclaimed for their particular styles and approaches to oil painting, so there are countless lessons you can learn from their individual and distinct perspectives. And the step-by-step demonstrations guide aspiring artists through the oil painting process using a wide variety of inspiring painting subjects-so there’s something for everyone! With this comprehensive reference, you’ll soon discover how exciting painting in oil can be.

The Art of Oil Painting features the works of 10 renowned fine artists, each of whose paintings have been recognized by the larger artistic community: Anita Hampton, John Loughlin, Robert Moore, Michael Obermeyer, William F. Powell, William Schneider, Frank Serrano, Kevin Short, Tom Swimm, and Caroline Zimmermann. Together this team of experts boasts a phenomenal number of achievements.

The authors of this book have paintings featured in private collections around the world and displayed at such prestigious institutions as the Smithsonian Institute and the Pentagon. In addition, their art has been displayed in numerous exhibitions--including showings in Madrid, Spain, and Paris, France--and in an array of art galleries across the United States, from California to New York and many in between.

These talented artists also hold memberships in a variety of clubs and guilds, including the Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters, and Guild of Boston Artists. And they have won dozens of awards, including the Franklin Mint Award at the National Oil Painters of America Exhibition, the People's Choice Award at Echoes and Visions, the Great Gatsby Memorial Award from the Rockport Art Associations, and the Art of California Gold Award.

Airbrushing: The Essential Guide [EPUB]

Airbrushing: The Essential Guide [EPUB]
Airbrushing: The Essential Guide by Fred Crellin
2013 | EPUB | 33.46MB

Fine art, fabric printing, leatherwork, custom vehicles, and many more uses for airbrushing are detailed

Airbrushing is a versatile and exciting art that has been used for more than 150 years, and is now finding ever more applications. This beautiful book on how to use an airbrush looks at the fundamentals of how to get started, advises on maintenance of the tool, and then gives step-by-step examples of a range of projects. With troubleshooting tips throughout, it enables you to get the most from your airbrush and create beautiful pieces with a professional finish. It covers technical illustration, watercolor landscapes, portraits, painting scale models, cake decorating, t-shirts and leather, and custom painting vehicles.

Drawing Dragons: Learn How to Create Fantastic Fire-Breathing Dragons [EPUB]

Drawing Dragons: Learn How to Create Fantastic Fire-Breathing Dragons [EPUB]
Drawing Dragons: Learn How to Create Fantastic Fire-Breathing Dragons by Sandra Staple
2008 | EPUB | 17.78MB

LEARN TO DRAW DRAGONS

In easy-to-follow, step-by-step detail, Drawing Dragons teaches you all the tricks and techniques you’ll need to create your own amazing dragons. You’ll discover how to draw all types of dragons using nothing but a pencil. Drawing Dragons shows how to bring to life fierce warriors and bearded ancients as well as baby hatchlings and protective mothers. It also features a special section on adding claws, scales, horns, jewels and other unique details to your dragons.

Learn to draw:

  • Ferocious, attacking dragons
  • Graceful sea dragons
  • Fire-breathing flying dragons
  • Wise, thoughtful dragons

The Art of Drawing Dragons, Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures [EPUB]

The Art of Drawing Dragons, Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures [EPUB]
The Art of Drawing Dragons, Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures: Discover Simple Step-by-Step Techniques for Drawing Fantastic Creatures of Folklore and Legend by Michael Dobrzycki
2007 | EPUB | 53.16MB

Easy-to-follow instructions for drawing a variety of creatures, from an Eastern dragon to a hairy troll

The ever-increasing popularity of mythological and fantasy creatures in film, graphic novels, and television creates high demand for instruction books on drawing these fantastic beasts. In this newest addition to our Collector's series, aspiring artists will find 144 pages of clear, step-by-step instructions for drawing everything from fire-breathing dragons to seven-headed monsters and magical fairies. Information on the origin and history of mythological creatures gives this book an extra-special appeal. The author's helpful tips on shading and drawing techniques show readers everything they need to know to create their own impressive beasts.

Although there are fantasy-themed drawing books on the market, this book is unique because it features a wide range of fantasy subjects rather than focusing on only one type of creature (such as dragons or fairies). It also sets itself apart from similar books with its helpful information on combining graphite pencil with other media, such as charcoal and black watercolor paint or ink. In addition, this extraordinary book features dragons and other mythological creatures from around the world, including those originating in Egyptian, Irish, Norse, and Greek mythology-whereas most other fantasy books include generic, non-regional subjects.

Death from the Skies: The Science Behind the End of the World [EPUB]

Death from the Skies: The Science Behind the End of the World [EPUB]
Death from the Skies: The Science Behind the End of the World by Philip C Plait
2008 | EPUB | 2.22MB

A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe's most fascinating events.

According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae? And if we should be scared, is there anything we can do to save ourselves? With humor and wit, Plait details the myriad doomsday events that the cosmos could send our way to destroy our planet and life as we know it. This authoritative yet accessible study is the ultimate astronomy lesson.

Combining fascinating and often alarming scenarios that seem plucked from science fiction with the latest research and opinions, Plait illustrates why outer space is not as remote as most people think. Each chapter explores a different phenomenon, explaining it in easy-to-understand terms, and considering how life on earth and the planet itself would be affected should the event come to pass. Rather than sensationalizing the information, Plait analyzes the probability of these catastrophes occurring in our lifetimes and what we can do to stop them. With its entertaining tone and enlightening explanation of unfathomable concepts, Death from the Skies! will appeal to science buffs and beginners alike.

Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things [EPUB]

Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things [EPUB]
Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things by David Rose
2014 | EPUB | 17.28MB

In the tradition of Who Owns the Future? and The Second Machine Age, an MIT Media Lab scientist imagines how everyday objects can intuit our needs and improve our lives.

We are now standing at the precipice of the next transformative development: the Internet of Things. Soon, connected technology will be embedded in hundreds of everyday objects we already use: our cars, wallets, watches, umbrellas, even our trash cans. These objects will respond to our needs, come to know us, and learn to think on our behalf. David Rose calls these devices—which are just beginning to creep into the marketplace—Enchanted Objects.

Some believe the future will look like more of the same—more smartphones, tablets, screens embedded in every conceivable surface. Rose has a different vision: technology that atomizes, combining itself with the objects that make up the very fabric of daily living. Such technology will be woven into the background of our environment, enhancing human relationships and channeling desires for omniscience, long life, and creative expression. The enchanted objects of fairy tales and science fiction will enter real life.

Groundbreaking, timely, and provocative, Enchanted Objects is a blueprint for a better future, where efficient solutions come hand in hand with technology that delights our senses. It is essential reading for designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone who wishes to understand the future and stay relevant in the Internet of Things.