The Art Renewal Center is pleased to make available a growing collection of online books of interest to art lovers everywhere. Some of these have been out of print for many years while others are new contributions to our understanding of art, how it can be made, and where it came from. Enjoy!
Frederick Leighton was one of England's best painters in all of history, a favorite of Queen Victoria, and even a Peer, this pivotal figure's life deserves more attention by all lovers of great art. This biography is a good start if you would like to become more acquainted with this unappreciated master.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was one of the finest painters of the victorian period. He was particularly noted for his meticulous study of Greek and Roman history, his excellent rendering of translucent substances like marble, his tight rendering, and brilliant use of light and color. The author is a top scholar of Alma-Tadema and has written some excellent monographs on the artist.
Translated by Kingsley Owen and Juan C. Martinez by Damien Bartoli, with Fred Ross 2002-01-01
William Bouguereau is by a significant margin the most popular artist in the ARC Museum. His brilliant selection of subject matter, thoughtful selection of detail, and attentive technical skills are easy to see, but the details of his life take a little explaining. Damien Bartoli is a leading Bouguereau scholar and co-author of the Bouguereau Catalog Raisonné.
John Godward was among the best neoclassical painters but he lived into the modern era when that kind of painting was much criticized. This extensive biography is by a top expert on his underappreciated master.
This classic technical work was long out of print and almost lost when ARC found a copy and put it online for all to see. The author was a student of William Bouguereau and it contains an account of many of the details of Bouguereau's methods.