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Off the shelf: Apollo's selection of recently published books on art, architecture and the history of collecting.

Gothic Ivories: Calouste Gulbenkian Collection

Sarah Guerin

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum/Scala, 25 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9781785510151

The first study of the Gulbenkian Museum's outstanding holdings of gothic ivories, mainly from France, includes full-colour images of all the pieces in the collection. To put these in context, it also presents and discusses works in other collections.

On Display: Henrietta Maria and the Materials of Magnificence at the Stuart Court

Erin Griffey

Yale University Press, 40 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9780300214000

This study of the patronage of Henrietta Maria, consort of Charles I, includes detailed analysis of the political and religious considerations that informed her support of the fine and decorative arts.

Islamic Arms and Armor

David G. Alexander, Stuart W. Pyhrr, Will Kwiatkowski

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 55 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9781588395702

More than 120 objects from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, spanning 10 centuries and ranging from Spain to the Caucasus, have been catalogued for the first time in this lavishly illustrated volume.

Keeping Their Marbles

Tiffany Jenkins

Oxford University Press, 25 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9780199657599

The sociologist and cultural commentator Tiffany Jenkins explains how Western museums including the British Museum, the Louvre, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired their collections of antiquities, and then makes a forceful case for keeping them.

English Silver before the Civil War: The David Little Collection

Timothy Schroder

John Adamson, 30 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9781898565154

Focusing on a private collection of silver formed over the last 30 years, this book also examines the techniques of early English silversmiths, and provides a general introduction to the silver trade and to dining customs of the period.

Rome 1600: The City and the Visual Arts Under Clement VIII

Clare Robertson

Yale University Press, 45 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9780300215298

Drawing on contemporary sources and images, Robertson presents a snapshot of Rome's art and architecture in 1600, when the city was at the height of its artistic influence, and Annibale Carracci and Caravaggio were both active in the city.

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