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The finest examples of tile designs decorating both interior and exterior surfaces throughout Portugal.

Sumptuous photographs display the elaborate, colorful tiles-azulejos-adorning interiors and exteriors throughout Portugal. For centuries, brilliantly colored, hand-painted tiles have decorated Portuguese buildings-from the humblest homes to the most lavish palaces, villas, gardens, churches, and monasteries. The more than 200 full-color illustrations specially commissioned for this book capture the beauty of this traditional art form in its architectural context while also showing the details of craftsmanship in close-up images.

The variety of azulejo images and patterns is astounding: fantastic Moorish-inspired geometric patterns, figural images, expansive landscapes, and narratives both secular and religious. The tradition relies heavily on the classic blue (azul) on white designs, but it also includes a wide-ranging palette of colors. The history of azulejaria-the decoration of large surfaces with all manner of tiles-is chronicled here, from their Chinese, Moorish, and Islamic influences to their adaptation by local craftsmen into a distinctly Portuguese art form. This narrative is enhanced by stunning on-site examples of azulejos in Lisbon and the surrounding region, where they served as an alternative to wall paintings. Depicted on these pages are the dazzling, all-over geometric tiling of the interior and exterior surfaces at the Palace of Sintra, with its varied Mujedar designs and borders integrating even the royal emblem of an armillary sphere; the religious scenes from a tomb chapel in the Church of Santo Andre (currently in the Museu Nacional do Azulejo); theglorious life-size equestrian figures and rearing horses in the gardens of the Frontiera Palace; and the Dutch-inspired blue-and-white scenes of game and fish in the kitchen at the Palácio do Correio-Mor. J Presented in this lavishly illustrated volume are innovative Portuguese designs along with commentary about the history and influences that made azulejaria the fascinating art form that it is.

ISBN: 0789204819   4/29/2006
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Kids' bedrooms today are so much more than just a place to sleep. They provide a sanctuary where a child can play alone or with friends, relax and daydream, do homework, be creative, or just get away. "Bedrooms for Cool Kids" offers a host of clever, yet do-able ideas for turning a basic bedroom into a world of fantasy and imagination for 2-10 year olds.

You'll get the inspiration, ideas, and also the do-it-yourself help. It goes beyond decor too. Every room suggestion has storage ideas, painting techniques, accessory ideas, floor coverings and more.

Whether you're turning your child's bedroom into a campground theme or a frilly flower garden, the kids will love the finished result.
ISBN: 1589230507   9/4/2006