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

Antony Gormley

Martin Caiger-Smith

Rizzoli, 80 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9780847860135

This lavishly illustrated monograph covers Antony Gormley's entire career, presenting early sketches as well as the large, public installations for which the sculptor is best known. It also examines the relationship between the artist's life and art.

Baroque Between the Wars: Alternative Style in the Arts, 1918-1939

Jane Stevenson

Oxford University Press, 35 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9780198808770

This account of interwar art and design suggests that the baroque was a greater influence, in fields ranging from film to flower-arranging, than previously thought. Stevenson also examines the aesthetics of camp, and the work of women designers.

The Painter's Touch: Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth

Princeton University Press, 54.95 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9780691170121

In this study of three 18th-century masters, Lajer-Burcharth pays particular attention to how they use paint to represent the material world. She also sets Boucher, Chardin, and Fragonard in the wider intellectual context of the Enlightenment.

Italian Maiolica and Europe

Timothy Wilson

Ashmolean Museum, 60 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9781910807163

As well as presenting the Ashmolean's holdings of Italian maiolica, this catalogue also looks at how Italian ceramicists and pottery painters took a technique from the Islamic world and created a new art form.

Letters to a Young Painter

Rainer Maria Rilke (trans. Damion Searls)

David Zwirner Books, 8.95 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9781941701645

Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet has been a classic since it was first published, but the eight letters the German poet wrote in the last years of his life, between 1920 and 1926 --to the teenage Balthus--have never been translated into English before.

Peintures italiennes du XVIIIe siecle du musee du Louvre

Stephane Loire

Gallimard/Musee du Louvre Editions, 79 [euro]

ISBN 9782070179596

After two volumes devoted to the Louvre's collection of 17th-century Italian paintings, a third volume covering 18th-century works now completes the catalogue raisonne of the museum's exceptional holdings of Italian baroque painting.

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