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British Museum

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Works: 1,220 works in 1,325 publications in 3 languages and 14,977 library holdings
Genres: Catalogs  Exhibition catalogs  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Publisher
Classifications: NE508, 769.973
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Most widely held works by British Museum
The world of Achaemenid Persia : history, art and society in Iran and the ancient Near East : proceedings of a conference at the British Museum 29th September-1st October 2005 by British Museum( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interest and fascination in Achaemenid Persia has burgeoned in recent years. It is time for a major new appraisal of the glorious civilization founded by Cyrus the Great and continued by his successors, the Great Kings Darius I, Xerxes and Artaxerxes I. This volume offers precisely that: a sustained and comprehensive overview of the field of Achaemenid studies by leading scholars and experts. It discusses all aspects of Achaemenid history and archaeology between 550 BCE and 330 BCE, and embraces the whole vast territory of the Persian Empire from North Africa to India and from Central Asia to the Persian Gulf. Topics covered include aspects of Achaemenid religion, administration, material culture, ethnicity, gender and the survival of Achaemenid traditions. The publication of the book is an event: it represents a watershed not only in better appreciation and understanding of the rich and complex cultural heritage established by Cyrus, but also of the lasting significance of the Achaemenid kings and the impact that their remarkable civilization has had on wider Persian and Middle Eastern history
American prints from Hopper to Pollock by Stephen Coppel( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Outside the United States, the British Museum has the most comprehensive collection of American prints of the first half of the twentieth century. American Prints from Hopper to Pollock reproduces 147 outstanding prints by 74 leading American artists, including George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois and Jackson Pollock, providing an overview of American printmaking before the rise of the big print workshops of the 1960s and 1970s." "The first half of the 20th century was a period of great change in America, and this publication examines American society and culture through the prints produced by some of the most important artists of the time. It opens with John Sloan's Ashcan School etchings in the 1900s and concludes with Jackson Pollock and the triumph of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s. Many of the images in the intervening period explore the changing urban landscape of New York, the onset of the Depression, the romanticized visions of the American heartlands by the Regionalists, and the response to the rise of Fascism in Europe and America's entry into the Second World War." "With its compelling illustrations and illuminating text, this is a book that raises the profile of American printmaking at a dynamic time in America's history. With 162 illustrations"--Jacket
The British Museum book of Chinese Art by Jessica Rawson( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawings by Michelangelo, from the British Museum by British Museum( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michelangelo's drawings offer a unique insight into how the artist worked and thought. They are beautiful artworks in their own right but also provide a crucial link between his work as a sculptor, painter and architect. Michelangelo was extraordinarily famous during his lifetime, so much so that other artists produced portraits of him and three biographies were written. His artistic achievements set him in a class apart from his contemporaries; after the death of his main rival Raphael in 1520, he was to dominate the Roman art world for more than four decades. His primary focus as an artist was the male body, and his drawings chart his relentless search to find poses that would most eloquently express the emotional and spiritual state of his subjects
Egyptian mummies by Carol Andrews( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the reasons why ancient Egyptians mummified their dead; provides information about how mummies were made; and discusses the items and rituals that accompanied the dead to their tombs
Ukiyo-e paintings in the British Museum by Timothy Clark( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wonders of the age : masterpieces of early Safavid painting, 1501-1576 by Stuart Cary Welch( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

85 miniatures from 12 lenders and anonymous sources were assembled by Stuart Cary Welch, curator of Muslim and Hindu painting at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Enlightenment : discovering the world in the eighteenth century( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The extraordinary companion to the British Museum's 250th anniversary exhibition. Opened in 1753 as the world's first public museum, the British Museum epitomized the Age of Enlightenment's dream of a rational universe. Indeed, in many ways the museum was the age's most potent instrument: the incarnation of a world that could be parsed, classified, and comprehended through the physical observation of objects, all in the name of reason, progress, and civic improvement. In this lavishly illustrated volume, published to coincide with a new permanent exhibit, the museum's centrality to the Enlightenment enterprise is explored through the stunning breadth and variety of its early collections. From painting and sculpture to scientific instruments to fossils, the incredible objects displayed in these pages testify to the museum's devotion to discovering and learning about the natural world, the past, and other civilizations. The story of how these global collections were amassed is brilliantly told and includes many accounts of the legendary collectors and expeditions that have made the British Museum one of the world's premier museums. ... Publisher description
Atlas of ancient Egypt by Delia Pemberton( Book )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Nile River literally created civilization in Egypt. The Nile's waters made it possible for people to live and grow food, and to travel and trade with one another. Egypt's birds and animals living along the Nile Valley became the models for its gods and goddesses, and hidden in the vast deserts and mountain ranges that protected Egypt from invasion were rich natural resources of metals, stone, gems and minerals that became the basis of Egypt's wealth and strength
The cat in ancient Egypt by Jaromír Málek( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most modern domestic cats are descendants of the cats of ancient Egypt. These beautiful and engaging creatures represent, therefore, a living link between Egyptian civilization and the completely different world of today. Dr Malek's absorbing survey shows that wild cats were probably domesticated at least as early as 2000 BC but started to be regularly included in tomb paintings of family life only some 500 years later, during the New Kingdom. Dr Malek draws evidence from a vast range of artistic and written sources to show how the cat became one of the most widely-esteemed animals, revered as a manifestation of the goddess Bastet. Large numbers of mummified cats were buried in the Late Period, and bronze statuettes of cats were dedicated to temples during religious festivals. Illustrating the text with representations of cats in tomb paintings, sculpture, papyri, jewellery, ostraka, mummies and coffins, the author conveys the affection and respect in which cats were held in ancient Egypt. This lively and readable book will surely prove to be the definitive account of the Egyptian cat: aristocrat of domestic animals
English medieval tiles by Elizabeth S Eames( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Directions for speech and style by John Hoskins( Book )

1 edition published in 1935 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ceramic art of the Italian Renaissance by Timothy Wilson( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare : staging the world by Jonathan Bate( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The playhouse and the role of playwright were relatively new phenomena during Shakespeares time, yet his audience spanned from royalty to the common man. This text shows what these audiences were finding out about the world through the eyes of the playwright Dora Thornton
Spinning and weaving in Palestine by Shelagh Weir( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art on paper : mounting and housing by British Museum( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume contains 31 articles produced for the 2005 British Museum conference Mounting and housing art on paper for storage and display: history, science, and present-day practice. They cover topics such as the significance of mounting in the historical study of prints and drawings, the preventive care of paper artifacts, their aesthetic presentation and the management of paper collections"--Page vii
Claude Lorrain : drawings from the collections of the British Museum and the Ashmolean Museum by Jon Whiteley( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Webster Plass collection of African art by British Museum( Book )

2 editions published in 1953 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Statutes and rules, relating to the inspection and use of the British Museum : and for the better security and preservation of the same : by order of the Trustees by British Museum( )

1 edition published in 1768 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Renaissance workshop by British Museum (London)( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The papers in this volume illustrate the way in which various types of technical evidence, derived from scientific examination and analysis, can contribute to the understanding of Renaissance workshop practices and the inter-relationships between different artists and artisans. These studies provide a vivid insight not only into the organization of craft and artistic endeavour in studios and workshops, but also into the everyday lives and concerns of those who ran and worked within them, showing that a great number of the challenges facing these artists and craftsmen are still relevant today. Originality and individuality were balanced against a sense and knowledge of what would sell, and the temptation to replicate the popular competed with the desire to innovate. Artists sought to make the best use of scarce, expensive materials and perhaps balanced the lower costs of those sourced or produced locally against the merits (in the guise of quality and exoticism) of more expensive imports."--Back cover
 
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The world of Achaemenid Persia : history, art and society in Iran and the ancient Near East : proceedings of a conference at the British Museum 29th September-1st October 2005
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American prints from Hopper to PollockThe British Museum book of Chinese ArtEgyptian mummiesUkiyo-e paintings in the British MuseumEnlightenment : discovering the world in the eighteenth centuryAtlas of ancient EgyptArt on paper : mounting and housing
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