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Richard Verdi, Nicola Kalinsky, et al.£14.95 £13.90
The definitive guide to the Barber's internationally important collection, including contributions from former director Professor Richard Verdi and current director Nicola Kalinsky.
Jan Morris£10.99 £10.22
"Read this and find your footsteps echoing across the alleys and courtyards of Venice. Feel the sun, peer through the mists, and be conscious of the eternal lapping water of the canals. Explore the modern city alongside Jan herself in company of ghosts from its past. Become part of the city, learn its history, share its gossip and become part of Morris's own life. There are many, many, books written about Venice but no other writer reveals its many layers as well as Morris. Now that Jan Morris has passed away and waters of the city are running clear again, this is the time to re or re-read this book. Simply one of the best pieces of travel writing." David Pulford, Librarian at the Barber and Academic Skills Advisor University of Birmingham Library Services.
Caroline Chapman£20.00 £18.60
This gorgeous new hardback has a great section on 18th-century celebrity artist Elizabeth Vigee le, Brun who our painted the Barber's iconic 'Portrait of Countess Golovina'.
Joris Van Grieken, Jan Van Der Stock, et al.£49.95 £46.45
"Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of the most loved and admired artists of the 16th century and his graphic work is richly rewarding. He was at the head of one of the great artistic dynasties, and at the Barber we are in the early stages of planning an exhibition around our intriguing work by his son, Pieter Brueghel the Younger." Robert Wenley, Deputy Director and Head of Collections
University of Birmingham) West Shearer (Professor of Art History£19.98 £18.58
"A timely and inspiring survey of the huge contribution female sculptors have made to our cultural landscape." - Robert Wenley, Deputy Director and Head of Collections.
Freya Scott£25.99 £24.17
'I have really enjoyed attending Freya’s workshops and I am really looking forward to using this book as refresher.' David Pulford, Librarian at the Barber and Academic Skills Advisor university of Birmingham Library Services.
"Explore the development of kimono from the Shogun’s court and pleasure quarters of 17th-century Japan to trendsetting contemporary global fashion icon and to film costumes in a galaxy far, far away. Beautifully produced exhibition catalogue to the recent Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition at the V&A." David Pulford, Librarian at the Barber and Academic Skills Advisor University of Birmingham Library Services.
Matthew Wilson£10.95 £10.18
Barnaby Haran and Frederic J. Schwartz£25.00 £23.25
"The history of the art market, of the mechanisms and personalities behind it, is a topic of much recent research within the broader category of the history of collecting. It will be interesting to see what light these various essays by an impressive roster of scholars shed on the background of our own collection." Robert Wenley, Deputy Director and Head of Collections.
Abigail Wheatley and Heloise Mab£6.99 £6.50
One for the children!
Katy Flint and Jessica Courtney Tickle£14.99 £13.94
Grayson Perry, Swan Films, et al.£15.00 £13.95
Damien Poulain£9.99 £9.29
Marcia B. Hall£30.00
William Feaver£35.00 £32.55
"Engrossing both for its insights into the creative process and the eventful life of one of this country’s most celebrated artists." Robert Wenley, Deputy Director and Head of Collections
William Feaver£35.00 £32.55
Susan Owens£25.00 £23.25