October 3, 2006

Lives of the most excellent painters, sculptors, and architects / Giorgio Vasari

Posted in Arts & Humanities at 4:50 pm by Ellie

Call Number: N6922 .V2213 2006

A painter and architect in his own right, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) achieved immortality for thi9780375760365.jpgs book on the lives of his fellow Renaissance artists, first published in Florence in 1550. Although he based his work on a long tradition of biographical writing, Vasari infused these literary portraits with a decidedly modern form of critical judgment. The result is a work that remains to this day the cornerstone of art historical scholarship.

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100 great artists : a visual journey from Fra Angelico to Warhol / Charlotte Gerlings.

Posted in Arts & Humanities at 4:37 pm by Ellie

Call Number: N40 .G47 2006

From Fra Angelico to Francisco Zurbaran, from the masters of the Renaissance to the ab100.gifstract expressionists, this lavishly illustrated volume showcases the most influential Western artists from 800 years of art history, including:

• Michelangelo
• Salvador Dali
• Mary Cassatt
• Edgar Degas
• Pablo Picasso

(from http://www.randomhouse.com)

Taj Mahal / photography by Jean-Louis Nou ; text by Amina Okada and M.C. Joshi.

Posted in Arts & Humanities at 4:31 pm by Ellie

Call Number: NA6183 .N6813 1993

The construction of the world’s most splendid mausoleum, the Taj Mahal, is surtaj.jpgrounded by a haze of romanticized legends. Did the powerful seventeenth-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan build this filigreed marvel of white marble, gems, and semiprecious stones purely out of grief over the loss of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died while giving birth to her fourteenth child, or was he “vaunting his grandeur and munificence to the world”? While master photographer Nou celebrates the exquisite artistry of the structure’s stone marquetry, authors Amina Okada, an expert on Mughal and Rajput India, and M.C. Joshi, director of the Archaeological Survey of India, contemplate the motives behind the Taj Mahal’s erection and discuss its remarkable design. Read the rest of this entry »

Book of photography : [the history, the technique, the art, the future] / text by Anne H. Hoy.

Posted in Arts & Humanities at 4:18 pm by Ellie

Call Number: TR146 .H82 2005

In this comprehensive and global volume hundreds of entries define and cover evphoto.jpgery aspect of photography-The newest inventions, the ingenious past, the ever-changing technical and aesthetic developments, and the personal stories and styles of photographers worldwide. Timelines summarize and sidebars elaborate on major milestones and tell the human stories behind them. Beautiful photographs on every subject from around the globe are meant to both illustrate the fine points and inspire the reader. Read the rest of this entry »

September 1, 2006

National Geographic – The New World: Nightmare in Jamestown DVD

Posted in Arts & Humanities, Videos/DVDs at 3:00 am by Ellie

Call number: F234 .J3 N49 2005

It’snight.jpg a story of bubonic plague, starvation, espionage and cannibalism — and the founding of America’s first colony. In 1607, a handful of English adventurers set sail across the Atlantic, expecting a paradise teeming with gold and riches. Now, 400 years later, the latest discoveries reveal the true story of Jamestown-as you’ve never seen it before. Read the rest of this entry »

Indiana : a history / Howard H. Peckham

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Call number: F526 .P43 2003

Thisindiana.jpg comprehensive history traces the history of the Hoosier state, revealing its most significant contributions to the nation as a whole, while also exploring the unique character of its land and people. Howard H. Peckham relates recent changes in Indiana as a variety of ethnic and racial groups have come seeking a share in the good life, enriching and redefining this ever-changing state for the new millennium. (From the publisher University of Illinois Press)

Authors in the Kitchen : Recipes, Stories, and More / by Sharron L. McElmeel with Deborah L. McElmeel

Posted in Arts & Humanities, Culinary Arts at 3:00 am by Ellie

Call Number: TX652 .M365 2005

Fifty entries featuring some of the best authors/illustrators a re inckitchen1x2.jpgluded in this up-to-date reference book with connections to favorite foods, books, and tales from the lives of the authors/illustrators. An extraordinary book that will delight those who love children’s books, those who love to cook, and those that just enjoy anecdotes about people and their food.

Alexander Hamilton / Ron Chernow

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Call number: E302.6 .H2C48 2004

Ron hamilton.gifChernow, the renowned author of Titan whom the New York Times has called as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we’ve seen in decades, vividly re-creates the whole sweep of Alexander Hamilton’s turbulent life—his exotic, brutal upbringing; his titanic feuds with celebrated rivals; his pivotal role in defining the shape of the federal government and the American economy; his shocking illicit romances; his enlightened abolitionism; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804. (From the publisher Penguin Group USA)

The Great Indian Wars: 1540-1890 3 DVDs

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Tracking number: 623 GE, 624 GE, 625 GE

From the Spanish conquistadors of the 16th century to the English coindian.jpglonists of the 18th, the settling of America often came at the cost of Native American blood. But the 350-year conflict between European settlers and Indian natives reached its apex with the territorial expansions of the 19th century, when the notion of Manifest Destiny justified a series of battles and massacres that virtually wiped out the indigenous population. Read the rest of this entry »

August 7, 2006

New Grove dictionary of music and musicians / edited by Stanley Sadie (Reference Collection)

Posted in Arts & Humanities at 10:10 am by Ellie

Call number: ML 100 .N48 2001

Reference (does not circulate)

Simusic.jpgnce its initial publication in 1980, the Dictionary has been widely acclaimed as an indispensable resource and a classic reference. The word “updated” doesn’t begin to describe the thousands of new articles, topics, cross-references, and areas of scholarship incorporated into The New Grove II. Every one of the first edition’s 22,500 articles has been reviewed and revised, with thousands of articles expanded. Previously neglected or under-represented areas have been examined, explored, and explained. Movements and topics once deemed too controversial or too far from the mainstream have been added. And throughout, 6,500 new articles cover more than 5,000 years of music history, instruments, composers, institutions, performers, genres, and more.

The New Grove II takes you beyond the customary and familiar into new worlds with extensive, authoritative contributions on non-Western music. From major influences, such as Latin American music, to less-examined contributions, such as Asian, sub-Saharan African, and Pacific Islander, The New Grove II presents the music, theory, instruments, and musicians that have helped to define music around the world. (By the publisher Oxford University Press)