Monday, 10 October 2011
And Diverse are Their Hues: Color in Islamic Art and Culture (published last week by Yale University Press) is an exciting new book that investigates the role of color in Islamic art, from medieval to modern times. Here the authors Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair discuss the inspiration behind this ambitious project, and how it came to be so vividly realised.
Monday, 03 October 2011
Facing Beauty: Painted Women and Cosmetic Art is a wide-ranging new art history book, out this month from Yale University Press. Spanning four centuries, Aileen Ribeiro's fascinating book illuminates shifting perceptions of female beauty through works of art and the evolution of cosmetics. Here the author talks us through the inspiration for her book, illustrating the various shifting ways in which beauty has been defined throughout the centuries.
Monday, 19 September 2011
Perilous Glory is a major new history encompassing warfare around the world from 3100 B.C. to the Gulf War. The book, by historian John France, challenges accepted ideas about the development of military strength, the impact of culture on war and the future of Western dominance. Here the author discusses how he came to be interested in military history writing, and explains the central arguments of this provocative new book.