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Memory of Empires: Ancient Egypt - Ancient Greece - Persian Empire - Roman Empire - Byzantine Empire

by Elie Faure & Victoria Charles Parkstone International (February 26, 2020)

Empires are born. Empires reach their peak. Empires die, but leave their mark through their architecture and artistic achievements. From these specks of dust of memory, 40 centuries of history shape our world...

Medieval Art in the Christian West

by Victoria Charles & Klaus H. Carl Parkstone International (February 26, 2020)

September 4, 476 A. D. marked the end of the Western Roman Empire. After several centuries of prosperity, Europe sank into chaos. With Charlemagne, a new dynamic begins that of a civilising reconstruction. The...

Western European Illuminated Manuscripts

by Anrdei Sterligov & Tamara Voronova Parkstone International (December 08, 2019)

Anyone fortunate enough to have actually held a medieval manuscript in his hands must have felt excited at this immediate contact with the past. Both famous and unknown authors wrote philosophical, natural scientific...


by Véronique Laflèche Parkstone International (April 16, 2019)

Capital city, subject of legends and myths, Paris also has its own special atmosphere. It is undoubtedly among the most beautiful of all cities due to its many celebrated monuments and buildings - the Eiffel...

Gothic Art

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (March 08, 2016)

Gothic art finds its roots in the powerful architecture of the cathedrals of northern France. It is a medieval art movement that evolved throughout Europe over more than 200 years. Leaving curved Roman forms...

Romanesque Art

by Victoria Charles & Klaus Carl Parkstone International (March 08, 2016)

In art history, the term 'Romanesque art' distinguishes the period between the beginning of the 11th and the end of the 12th century. This era showed a great diversity of regional schools each with their own...

The Book of Wonder

by Marco Polo Parkstone International (September 14, 2015)

The most renowned travel story of the Middle Ages has never lost its allure. A story of true wonder, Marco Polo's experiences as well as the reported myths, transport us to the heart of Central Asia, China,...

The Splendor of English Gothic Architecture

by John Shannon Hendrix Parkstone International (September 14, 2015)

This book explains and celebrates the richness of Englishchurches and cathedrals, which have a major place inmedieval architecture. The English Gothic style developedsomewhat later than in France, but rapidly...

African Art

by Maurice Delafosse Parkstone International (September 14, 2015)

African Art invites you to explore the dynamic origins of the vast artistic expressions arising from the exotic and mystifying African continent. Since the discovery of African art at the end of the nineteenth...

Art of India

by Vincent Arthur Smith Parkstone International (September 14, 2015)

If the 'Palace of Love', otherwise known as the Taj Mahal, is considered to be the emblem of Mughal Art, it is by no means the sole representative. Characterised by its elegance, splendor, and Persian and European...

Christ in Art

by Ernest Renan Parkstone International (September 14, 2015)

Since the dawn of Christianity, artists have been fascinated and stirred by the figure of Christ. His likeness appears in frescoes on the walls of catacombs that date from Roman times; he is featured in the...

Art of the Eternal

by Victoria Charles Parkstone International (September 14, 2015)

Since the first funerary statues were placed in the first sepulchres, the ideas of death and the afterlife have always held a prominent place at the heart of the art world. An unlimited source of inspiration...

Art of the Devil

by Arturo Graf Parkstone International (September 14, 2015)

"The Devil holds the strings which move us!" (Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil, 1857.) Satan, Beelzebub, Lucifer... the Devil has many names and faces, all of which have always served artists as a source...

The Art of Champa

by Jean-François Hubert Parkstone International (September 14, 2015)

In the 5th century, the Champa kingdom held sway over a large area of today's Vietnam. Several magnificent structures still testify to their former presence in the Nha Trang region. Cham sculpture was worked...


by Nikodim Pavlovich Kondakov Parkstone International (September 14, 2015)

Icon painting has reached its zenith in Ukraine between the 11th and 18th centuries. This art is appealing because of its great openness to other influences - the obedience to the rules of Orthodox Christianity...

Chinese Art

by Stephen W. Bushell Parkstone International (September 14, 2015)

Dealing not only with architecture, sculpture, and painting, but also with bronze and ceramics, this text offers a complete panorama of Chinese arts and civilisation. In his text, the author Bushell stresses...