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I now have about 7 or so books printed or ready for printing and assembling:

The three volume set of Napoleon's life - Slipcased together

The two volume set of John Flaxman's Illustrations of Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey - Slipcased together

The first two volumes of my "History of World Art" series

The Paintings of Jacques-Louis David - individually Slipcased

The Sculpture of Antonio Canova engraved by Henry Moses - individually Slipcased

 

In another week or two I should have some sets assembled and ready to go. What I need is a few people familiar with miniatures to look them over and critique them. Tell what they see wrong, what I could do better, etc. In exchange they can keep them or dispose of them as they decide. I feel like I can only progress so far without some independent review at this point. If this is something you think you can do please PM me. I hope this isn't out of line for asking here?

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Can you post pictures of them? that would be a good start to critique.

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Definitely will post pics. But it’s hard to flip through the pages of a photo together a feel for how it is

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Joel, I sent you a PM.

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First pass at my Homer by Flaxman - Iliad and Odyssey each includes all 34 original plates done by John Flaxman

I can see some areas to improve but I am getting better

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I keep working through trying to improve my technique will have something concrete soon. I am starting the History of Art series so far have six volumes (David, Ingres, Canova, Thorvaldsen, Alma-Tadema, and Bouguereau) plus the special two volume Flaxman Homer set I am reworking as an add along. I am working on the proper mix of varnish for the covers (half matte, half satin with a dash of flow-aid) and getting the slipcases correct (playing with some jigs that seem to be helping). Eventually I would like 40 or more volumes. There are so many fine artists to do. 

Attached is the sample page for the David and Ingres books. I get two books to a 8.5 x 11 sheet about 40 pages each.

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I laid out two more books:

Titian (Italian, c. 1488–1576)
Paolo Veronese (Italian, c. 1528–1588)

(both from the Venetian School)

am working on the Old Masters now. I have a list of about fifty of them but some, like Giorgione, might be hard as there are so few actual artworks attributed to him. I am drawing my inspiration from things like the old Time/Life series of books that covered a topic like the history of art, and the Library of America series I have where each book is individually slipcased. So they will be slightly oversized books, closer to 1" or a scale 12", but slipcased and common bound. Each book will consist of about 35 paintings, sculptures, or other artwork, from one artist. I haven't decided on the later nineteenth century forward as, except for academic art, and some of the pre-Raphaelites, it just isn't to my liking. Although I told my wife I would do a Van Gogh book for her.

 

This is the list I am working to now I think it is representative of the various era's and types of Renaissance, Rococo, Baroque, and other painting styles:


Cimabue (Italian, 1240–1302)
Giotto di Bondone (Italian, 1267–1337)
Duccio (Italian, 1255–1318)
Simone Martini (Italian, 1285–1344)
Ambrogio Lorenzetti (Italian, c. 1290–1348)
Pietro Lorenzetti (Italian, c. 1280–1348)
Gentile da Fabriano (Italian, 1370–1427)
Lorenzo Monaco (Italian, 1370–1425)
Masolino (Italian, c. 1383–c. 1447)
Pisanello (Italian, c. 1395–c. 1455)
Sassetta (Italian, c. 1392–1450)
Sandro Botticelli (Italian, c. 1445–1510)
Domenico Ghirlandaio (Italian, 1449–1494)
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452–1519)
Michelangelo (Italian, 1475–1564)
Raphael (Italian, 1483–1520)
Correggio (Italian, 1490–1534)
Giorgione (Italian, 1477–1510)
Tintoretto (Italian, 1518–1594)
Giovanni di Paolo (Italian, 1403–1482)
Beccafumi (Italian, 1486–1551)
Jan van Eyck (Flemish, c. 1390–1441)
Hieronymus Bosch (Flemish, 1450–1516)
Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)
Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, 1472–1553)
Hans Holbein the Younger (German, 1497–1543)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Flemish, c.1525–1569)
El Greco (Greek-born Spanish, 1541–1614)
Adam Elsheimer (German, 1578–1610)
Caravaggio (Italian, 1573–1610)
Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)
Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594–1665)
Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599–1641)
Diego Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660)
Charles Le Brun (French, 1619–1690)
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669)
Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675)
François Boucher (French, 1703–1770)
Charles-André van Loo (French, 1705– 1765)
Joshua Reynolds (English, 1723–1792)
Thomas Gainsborough (English, 1727–1788)
Canaletto (Italian, 1697–1768)
Anton Raphael Mengs (German, 1728–1779)
Johann Zoffany (German, 1733–1810)
Benjamin West (American-born British, 1738–1820)
Angelica Kauffman (Swiss-born, 1741–1807)
Antoine-Jean Gros (French, 1771–1835)
Francisco Goya (Spanish, 1746–1828)
William Blake (British, 1757–1827)
John Constable (English, 1776–1837)
Théodore Géricault (French, 1791–1824)
Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863)

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On 1/19/2020, 5:48:40, Miniatures in Marble said:

My publisher: Tho.McTighe Esq.

Your publisher looks like my house inspector....they could be sisters. She is very Sassy and vocal!

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Except for him being a Thomas I would agree. Maybe brother and sister. He is a little thing too never seemed to lose the kittenish little boy look but we love him

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On 1/19/2020, 7:48:40, Miniatures in Marble said:

BTW

My publisher: Tho.McTighe Esq...

I remember Buster Brown's dog was named Tighe (he lived in a shoe...).

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I don't call these failures so much as learning experiences. Each one is a little better, each one I refine my technique a little. I am also working on some jigs to help

but essentially this is the discard pile

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I love Thomas! He is so darned cute. 

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Yes the Japanese wood block prints translate really well in this scale (bottom row) can’t wait to assemble one. The colors are so vibrant

when I toss in Asian art, Persian miniatures, Greco-Roman art and sculpture, architecture, pottery, and on and on I could easily see the series going over 200 books

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Joel, more years ago than I care to remember we used to live at the end of Enota Drive in Gainesville, GA.  In fact, that was our first house and had the tiniest kitchen imaginable!

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The gold edging is a nice touch.

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I'm boggled by the 1:12 marbling on the endpapers.  The gold edging adds a perfect touch.

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