Monday, February 25, 2013

Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man

Martin Kemp
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This masterly account of Leonardo da Vinci and his vision of the world has long been recognized as the classic treatment of the Renaissance giant, offering unparalleled insight into Leonardo's intellect and vision at every stage of his artistic career.

Martin Kemp, one of the world's leading authorities on Leonardo, takes us on a mesmerizing journey through the whole span of the great man's life, painting a fully integrated picture of his artistic, scientific, and technological achievements. Kemp shows how Leonardo's early training in Florence provided a crucial foundation in the "science of art," particularly perspective and anatomy, while his period in the service of the Sforzas of Milan enlarged his outlook to embrace a wide range of natural sciences and mathematics, as he searched for scientific rules governing both man and the universe. It was these rules, Kemp argues, which provided the basis for his imaginative reconstruction of nature in masterworks such as the Last Supper, The Mona Lisa, and St. John, which reveal his increasingly complex vision of man in the context of nature. And towards the end of his life, Leonardo became fascinated with the mathematics underlying the "design of nature," behind which lay the ultimate force of the "prime mover," as manifested with supreme power in his Deluge drawings. Covering every aspect of Leonardo's achievement, generously illustrated, and now including a new introductory chapter setting Leonardo's work in its historical context, this fully updated edition provides unparalleled insight into the mind of this central figure in western art.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

Creator
Leonardo da Vinci
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你不可不知道的300幅名畫

許麗雯 總主編
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歐洲的繪畫史,美得就像一首由千人共同攜手演出、驚天動地的偉大交響詩。從大家所熟悉的中世紀繪畫大師喬托到現在,許許多多的繪畫大師們共同創作了千姿百魅的藝術風格與流派,讓我們既驚嘆又崇拜。

每一種畫派從源起、興盛、沒落,從背離傳統到凝聚思維,一步步堅定地走出自己的錦繡天地。從十八世紀開始,繪畫藝術便在多元因素的衝擊下,有了翻天覆地、摧枯拉朽的變化。更多的流派、更廣的思維、更豐富的創作、更深刻的理論,濃艷、激揚、解構、反叛,就像一聲轟然巨響,頓時爭奇鬥艷、百花齊放。

作為一本繪畫藝術的入門書,想要兼容並蓄、巨細靡遺的將這些曠世之作,一一呈現在讀者眼前,又要在浩瀚的繪畫作品中精選出300幅影響深遠、具有代表性、可具體分析其創作風格的畫作,其難度極高、資料蒐集非常不容易。

(摘錄自dangdang.com)

Creator
Vincent Van Gogh
Claude Monet
Paul Klee   
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance

Edited by Jayne Ann Krentz
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Romance readers and writers will find this collection of essays by some of the most popular romance novelists writing today unique and fascinating. For the first time, these authors explain why romance is so popular, reveal why they write in this genre, explore the unheralded benefits of reading and writing romances and much more.
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水樣的春愁 : 名家筆下的愛情世界

劉虹 選編
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……翻開《水樣的春愁──名家筆下的愛情世界》,我們立刻又進入了另一方男女情愛的多彩天地,心弦感到微微的顫抖戰慄,撥動它的是愛的憧憬,愛的歡樂,愛的悲傷,和愛的痛苦。對於愛情,古今中外的哲人有過許多精癖的論述:愛使人成為人;愛是通向真理之路;愛讓心靈擁抱世界……。總之,兩性間的情愛,是一種極其高尚美好的情感,它能使人在塵世望見天堂。深諳愛的滋味的作家們,用一支支飛揚靈動的筆,給予人心中這一方聖域的千種風光以充分的展示描繪,或宛曲逶迤,脈脈不盡,或激情澎湃,熾烈炙人。愛情有多少種面貌,筆下就有多少樣色彩。這裡既有敏感孤獨的少年對愛情最初的向往,朦朧迷茫,哀愁淡淡,如夢如烟 (郁達夫《水樣的春愁》)。又有大半生恩愛與共的夫妻,憶昔歲月蹉跎多,惟有數十風雨同舟,甘苦共嘗,才使得這份鉛華洗淨的愛情,具有了即使地老天荒不會湮滅的堅定與深摰 (黃宗英《快樂的阿丹》)。作為一名極富才情個性的詩人,徐志摩以其“濃得化不開”的詩風揚名天下。他的寫情散文也同樣飽蘸激情,讀他寫給陸小曼的情書《愛眉小札》,分明能感受到一顆渴盼愛情的靈魂的急切的悸動。而一旦相愛多年的伴侶撤手人寰,孤雁單飛,千種掛念,萬般思量,都來心上,那種落寞哀傷,即便是淡淡寫出,也實在是令讀者為之黯然的,巴金的《再憶蕭珊》,孫犁的《亡人軼事》,便都是這類以平實之辭寫沉痛之情的佳作。

(摘錄自書中〈此情綿綿無絕期〉── 《不死鳥》散文系列序)





Monday, February 4, 2013

The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative, and Joyous People

Donald Van de Mark
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The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative and Joyous People offers an in-depth look at the qualities that make a few high achievers also good people. Using lively stories drawn from his more than 25 years interviewing prominent leaders for CNN, CNBC, and other television news programs, author Donald Van de Mark illustrates the 19 personality traits of self-actualized people, as originally identified by psychologist Abraham Maslow.

Van de Mark shows how the traits are exhibited by wonderful, successful people in all walks of life, spanning the famous (Meryl Streep, Charles Schwab, and Andrew Weil) to the great but not well known (Poosie Orr, mother and housewife; Rachel Walton, pediatric hospice nurse; and Andrew Ferguson, teacher).

Practical, common-sense guidelines and Takeaways after every chapter show readers how they can identify and nurture the traits in themselves and others, creating the shortest route possible to personal and professional achievement and fulfillment.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


中華傳統節日詩詞賞析

柏宏軍 編著
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“傳統節日是一個國家或民族的歷史文化長期積澱的產物,並自誕生始成為世族傳統文化最重要的載體之一。它獨具的喜聞樂見、全民參與的特點,決定了它在弘揚民族文化中有著不可替代的重要作用。大凡歷史文化悠久的國家或民族,都有自己豐富多彩的傳統節日。” 在歷史的演變過程中,有些節日逐漸淡出了我們的生活。但,節日的狂歡永遠也不會退出歷史的舞台! 翻開發黃的書卷,在古人的詩作、詞作中,我們可以看到當時節日的場景,感受古時節日特有的喜慶氣氛,領略傳統節日的非凡溫情。 本書以春節、元宵、清明、端午、七夕、中秋、重陽為篇,對所收錄的詩詞作了注釋、賞析以及節日的風俗介紹。

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