Roberta J.M. Olson
The original watercolours for The Birds of America, presented in a deluxe edition with a complimentary facsimile print
'An art book is a museum without walls'. The Folio Society publishes a collection of beautifully illustrated art books. Folio presents classic works of art history and engrossing editions on all aspects of fine art, painting and the lives of great artists. All in hardback bindings, they include vibrant illustrations. These are books to treasure or give as the perfect gift. See below for the full list of Folio Art books.
Colour tells the fascinating story of how the recreation of the rainbow has been a human obsession throughout the ages. Finlay blends art and science, travel and history, touching on everything from the structure of the solar system to the composition of wallpaper. Newly edited and illustrated with over 100 stunning colour images, this is a glorious edition of a wonderful book, equally absorbing to dip into or to read in one sitting.
This luxuriously oversized book uses Rome’s artistic treasures to chronicle the eventful history of the city itself. We see the customs and beliefs of the ancient Romans through their own frescoes and mosaics, and their greatest – and most terrible – deeds depicted by later masters such as Ingres and David.
Art historian, author and presenter of the hugely influential series Civilisation, Kenneth Clark possessed a profound knowledge and appreciation of art, and the ability to communicate it. The Nude is considered his best book. in this classic work he shows how, through the centuries, the depiction of the human body has remained the pinnacle of Western art.
John Ruskin was one of the great prose stylists of his age and one of the greatest admirers of Venice. For him, the city's architecture 'rude and wild, tinged with humour, joyful, spontaneous' was the pinnacle of human achievement.
From the delicate colouring of Tulips and elegant form of the Sacred Egyptian Bean to the drama of The Night-Blowing Cereus and the Dragon Arum Lily, the plates from this legendary work are some of the loveliest and most popular of all flower illustrations.