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The Making of Assisi: The Pope, the Franciscans, and the Painting of the Basilica

Donal Cooper

For a brief moment at the close of the 13th century, the town of Assisi was the focus for the two greatest powers in the Latin Church: the Roman papacy and the Franciscan Order. The election in 1288 of Nicholas IV, the first Franciscan pope, was the... (read more)


Contemporary (1945-)
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San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture

Philip P. Choy

**A Los Angeles Times summer reading pick** "A stunning new guidebook. . . History buffs will be amazed by the wealth of lore, legend and radiant fact."—San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chinatown is the first "insider's guide" to one of America'... (read more)


Ancient and Classical
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The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture

Vincent Scully

When The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods first appeared in 1962, it was hailed by the critics for it erudition, historical imagination and boldness. Subsequently, this comprehensive study of Greek temples and site-planning has been widely accepted as a... (read more)


Medieval
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Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century

Emile Male

This classic by a noted art historian focuses on French cathedrals of the 13th century as the apotheosis of the medieval style. Topics include iconography, bestiaries, illustrated calendars, the gospels, secular history, and many other aspects. "The most... (read more)


Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
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A History of the Future

Donna Goodman

The political, social, and economic upheaval of the early twentieth century generated an extraordinary range of proposals for the future as successive generations grappled with issues of organizing vast urban systems and humanizing dense industrial... (read more)


Baroque and Rococo
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Magnificent Entertainments: Temporary Architecture for Georgian Festivals

Melanie Doderer-winkler

A thoroughly original study of ephemeral architecture and design, Magnificent Entertainments examines the spectacular displays created for large-scale public and private celebrations in the Georgian period. The book focuses on a number of specific... (read more)


General
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740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building

Michael Gross

Provides a close-up look at one of the world's most coveted addresses, the apartment building at seventy-four Park Avenue that was constructed by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's grandfather and has housed the Bouviers, Rockefellers, Saul Steinberg, Ronald O.... (read more)


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