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Cover. The Chthonic Roots of Leonardo da Vinci’s Youthful Iconography

Tyler, Christopher W. The Chthonic Roots of Leonardo da Vinci’s Youthful Iconography. Diatrope Press, 2020

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An unusual feature that is found in most of Leonardo da Vinci’s depictions of the Virgin Mary is a striking yellow or golden sash around her waist. This feature is not found in prior depictions of this central figure of Christian iconography, and in only a few of the works of his immediate pupils, and is thus largely unique to Leonardo. As such, it calls for an analytic appraisal of its derivation as a symbolic trope in his youthful works. An association with the myth of Persephone is developed on the basis of several features of his ‘Virgin of the Rocks’, in which this yellow sash is a central motif. This mythic identification in turn helps to account for the substantial deviation of this work from the specification of its original commission into an extreme version of the mountainous setting that is common to most of Leonardo’s established works. The roots of this symbolism are considered in relation to the Etruscan resonances of the Florentine milieu in which Leonardo matured.

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Wendy Murray Poster Book CoverWendy Murray Poster Artist: A selection of posters from 2009 – 2019. ISBN: 978-0-6486643-3-8

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Featuring over 80 posters produced by poster artist Wendy Murray and collaborators. Some of the collaborative artists include Anna Macleod (IRE), Jake Holmes (AUS), Dewey Tafoya (USA), Sima Alikhani (AUS), Jason Wing (AUS), Douglas Archibald (AUS), and Antonia Aitken (AUS) plus commission posters for the Australian War Memorial Museum, National Art School and the University of Sydney. Articles by Kurt Iveson, Alison Alder, Jo Holder, Alex Torrens, Paul Howard, and Michael Organ.

Wendy Murray aka Mini Graff is a poster artist and screen printer who prints from studios in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. >> more


Illustrated Life of Leonardo da Vinci from Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari, book coverTyler, Christopher W. Illustrated Life of Leonardo da Vinci from Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari. Diatrope Press, 2019.

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Edited with complete illustrations and annotations by Christopher W. Tyler. Color illustrations throughout. This is the only edition of Vasari’s Life of da Vinci that illustrates every single painting and sculpture mentioned by Vasari.

Translated by Gaston du C. De Vere (The Medici Society/Macmillan: London, 1912-1915). Measures 6×9 inches. 36p.>> more

Portraits of his Daughters by Thomas Gainsborough (Compiled by Christopher Tyler), book cover Portraits of his Daughters by Thomas Gainsborough (Compiled by Christopher Tyler) The Hermitage, Hanwell, 2018.

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This book commemorates two delightful sisters painted by their father, the famous 18th century English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788). The daughters are buried together at St Mary’s Church, Hanwell.

In 1809, the rector of the Church, George Henry Glass, built the Hanwell cottage where a fountain inscribed in memory of two sisters makes an interesting link with the Gainsborough daughters. Illustrations on every page. >>more

Cover. Studio Ione 2003Ione, Amy.  Studio Ione 2003. The Diatrope Press, 2003. ISBN: 0972533028.

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A painter for over twenty-five years, Amy Ione’s extraordinary work has been exhibited internationally, commissioned by the City of San Francisco, and is included in public and private collections. In addition, Ione is well known as a writer on the relationships on art, science and technology.

Cover. Nature Exposed to Our Method of QuestioningIone, Amy. Nature Exposed to Our Method of Questioning. Berkeley, California, U.S.A.: Diatrope Press, 2002. ISBN: 097253301X.

Examines how we create our cultural assumptions about nature, culture and ourselves. Index. Bibliographic references.  >> more

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Tjotjok Book CoverTjotjok. Diatrope Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780972533003

A collection of 86 poems by Jerry Bass, enhanced by Amy Ione’s original artwork.

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