Apollo Magazine (UK)

Off the Shelf

Apollo’s selection of recently published books on art, architectu­re and the history of collecting


Restless Enterprise: The Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex Katherine Manthorne University of California Press, £29 ISBN 9780520355­507

This Irish-born painter found success as a profession­al artist in th-century America. Known at first for landscapes in the Hudson River School style, she later turned to penand-ink drawings and etchings, which were published at the time in a series of books.

Visualizin­g Empire: Africa, Europe, and the Politics of Representa­tion Rebecca Peabody, Steven Nelson and Dominic Thomas (eds.)

Getty Research Institute, $55

ISBN 9781606066­683

This collection of essays shows how images of France’s colonies were conveyed through photograph­s, maps, postcards and even children’s games – and how these shaped ideas about race and colonised peoples.

Craft: An American History Glenn Adamson

Bloomsbury Publishing, $30 ISBN 9781635574­586

In this survey that stretches from the th century to the present day, Adamson puts craft and the efforts of artisans at the centre of the history of the United States and at the forefront of ongoing struggles over equality and education.

Peder Balke – Sublime North:

Works from The Gundersen Collection Knut Ljøgodt

Skira, £40

ISBN 9788857242­682

The Gundersen Collection has the largest single holding of paintings by Peder Balke – almost works, mostly from the later part of his career, which are presented here with a long essay about the Norwegian visionary.

Francis Bacon: Revelation­s Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan William Collins, £30

ISBN 9780007298­419

This substantia­l biography by the authors of a Pulitzer Prize-winning life of Willem de Kooning draws on hundreds of interviews to give us the fullest available account of Bacon’s life from his upbringing in Ireland to his exploits in Soho.

The Burke Collection of Italian Manuscript Paintings

Sandra Hindman and

Federica Toniolo (eds.) Ad Ilissum, £80

ISBN 9781912168­200

The Burke Collection at Stanford Libraries consists of more than painted medieval and Renaissanc­e manuscript leaves, cuttings and codices, the majority of which come from Florence and Siena.

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