Baroque Baroque: The Culture of Excess Paperback – 3 Feb 2000
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"The most provocative and stimulating style book of the year."―The New York Times
"Baroque Baroque is a carefully written and wonderfully illustrated book... It helps to define the notion of Englishness itself."―The Times
"The sort of book that could itself become a landmark in taste."―Country Life
About the Author
Stephen Calloway is a writer, journalist, lecturer, designer and consultant on historic interiors. He was formerly Curator of Paintings at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
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With this book Mr. Calloway introduced me to a whole world of seemingly "obscure" artists, designers, photographers and filmmakers that I may not have discoverd and enjoyed quite so soon in my life (for this I say THANKS!). I was an art history student in college at the time, and I certainly wasn't learning about this sort of "Baroque", while studying Bernini.
My favorite "discoveries" from this book include:
Jean Cocteau (J'adore!), Elsa Schiaparelli, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Derek Jarman, Pierre et Gilles, Edith Sitwell and Clough Williams-Ellis' Portmeirion in Wales. It set me on path in my life searching for the overlooked, the strange and georgeous things that Calloway's British perspective and knowledge helped bring to my attention. If the lives and works of these figures interest you, than this "dandy" of a book is for you. Explore the obscure, enjoy the sublime, dream the dreams of kings...beauty will never die, only inspire us to survive.
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