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The Arts

Visual Art

Visual Art, Art history, Art philosophy



Giorgio Vasari, On Technique, Publisher: Dover Art Instruction, 1999

Giorgio Vasari, Vasari's Lives of the Artists: Giotto, Masaccio, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, first published 1550. Publisher: Courier Corporation, 2005


Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, originally published 1912. Publisher: Martino 


Paul Klee, Notebooks: The Thinking Eye, Volume I.  Publisher: Publisher: Lund Humphries, London, 1969


Paul Klee, Notebooks: The Nature of Nature, Volume II. Publisher: Publisher: Lund Humphries, London, 1973, Both Notebooks available online at: ArchDaily


Hans Sedlmayr, Art in Crisis: The Lost Centre, First Edition 1958. Publisher: Routledge, 2017


Noel Cobb, Archetypal Imagination, Glimpses of the Gods in Life and Art. Publisher: Floris Books, 2020


John Fletcher, Art Inspired by Rudolf Steiner: An Illustrated Introduction. Publisher Mercury Arts Publications, 1987


Peter Stebbing, The Goetheanum Cupola Motifs of Rudolf Steiner. Publisher: Steiner Books Inc. 2011


Peter Stebbing, Conversations About Painting with Rudolf Steiner: Recollections of Five Pioneers of the New Art impulse. Publisher: Steiner Books Inc. 2009

Hilma af Klimt, Notes and Methods. Publisher: University of Chicago Press, 2018


Tracey Bashkoff (ed.), Hilma af Klimt: Paintings for the Future. Publisher: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2018


Sophia Caramanoff, The Life and Work of Janet Faith Jordan. Publisher: Wynstones Press, 2020


Van James, Spirit and Art: Picture of the Transformation of Consciousness. Publisher: Steiner Books, 2002


Dennis Klocek, Seeking Spirit Vision: Essays on Developing Imagination. Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press, 1998


Steve Bass, Beauty, Memory, Unity: A Theory of Proportion in Architecture. Publisher: Floris Books, 2019


Aleida Assmann, and Rudolf Steiner, Rudolf Steiner and Contemporary Art, Exhibition Catalogue. Publisher: DuMont, 2010


Joseph Beuys, Edited and contributed by Volker Harlan, What is Art? Publisher: Clairview Books, 2004


Creativity is not limited to people practising one of the traditional forms of art and, even in the case of artists, creativity is not confined to the exercise of their art. Each one of us has a creative potential. (Joseph Beuys, image: Disegno and Colore, Guercino, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri about 1640)

Colours, Paints, Plant Colour



Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Theory of Colours, first published 1810. Publisher: MIT Press, 1970


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Goethe’s Theory of Colour Volume I. Publisher: The Mass. Institute of Technology, USA, 1973


Johannes Grebe-Ellis and Oliver Passon, Goethe’s Farbenlehre from the Perspective of Modern Physics. Publisher: Holistic Science, The Field Centre, In Dialogue, vol. 1 September 2020 pp. 50-59 (Article)


Arthur Schopenhauer, David E. Cartwright (ed.), On Vision and Colors. Publisher: Berg 3PL (first published 1816)


Hilde Boos-Hamburger, The Creative Power of Colour. Publisher: Mercury Arts Group, 1963


J.L. Benson, The Inner Nature of Color, Studies of the Philosophy of the Four Elements. Publisher: Steiner Books, 2004


David Lee, Nature’s Palette: The Science of Plant Colour. Publisher: University of Chicago Press, 2011, ISBN 9780226470535 or 9780226470528


Marcel Minnaerd, Light and Color in the Outdoors. Publisher: Springer, first published 1993


David K. Lynch and William Livingston, Color and Light in Nature. Publisher: Camebridge University Press, 2001

Robert DelaunayArthur A. Cohen (ed.), The New Art of Color. Publisher: Viking Books 1978 


Hajo Dutching, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, The Triumph of Color. Publisher: Taschen, 1994


Cara Manes and Fatinha Ramos, Sonia Delaunay: A Life of Color, book for children. Publisher: Museum of Modern Art, 2017


Johannes Itten,The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, 1974 


Joseph Albers, Interaction of Color. Publisher: Generic 2013 (first published 1971)


Syme Patrick, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy and the Arts: The book Charles Darwin used to describe colours in nature on his voyage on the HMS Beagle. Publisher: The Natural History Museum, ISBN-13 9780565094454


Nick Neddo, The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pens, Pigments, Prints and more from Natur.Publisher: Quarry Books, 2015


Samual C. Rizzetta, Plant-Derived Pigments and Dyes Used By Artists (1965). Master's Theses. 4867. Publisher and available online at: scholarworks


Daniel V. Thompson, The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting. Publisher: Dover Art Instruction, 2003


Cennio D’Andres, Craftsman’s Handbook. Publisher: Dover Art Instruction, 1954


Sandy Webster, Earthen Pigments: Hand-Gathering & Using Natural Colors in Art. Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US), 2013


Lynn Edwards, Julia Lawless, Natural Paint Book: The Complete Guide to Natural Paints, Recipes and Finishes. Published by Kyle Cathie, 2002, ISBN 10: 1856264327, ISBN 13: 978185626432


Melo, M.J., Castro, R., Nabais, P. et al. The book on how to make all the colour paints for illuminating books: unravelling a Portuguese Hebrew illuminators’ manual. Herit Sci 6, 44 (2018). Publisher and available online at: Springer Open


Peter Stebbing (Hg.), The Art of Colour and the Human Form. Seven Motif Sketches of Rudolf Steiner, Studies by Gerard Wagner. Publisher: Dornach: Ita Wegman Institut; 2017  




Martin Bernstein, An Introduction to Music. Publisher: Prentice Hall 1937, 1951, available at lyra


Michael Preston, Music from Around the World for Three-Part Recorder Ensembles. Publisher: Floris Books, 2018


Alexander Lauterwasser, Water Sound Images: The Creative Music of the Universe. Publisher: Floris Books, 2007


Armin Husemann, The Harmony of the Human Body: Musical Principles on Human Physiology. Publisher: Floris Books, 1994


Jenny Holzer ‘Installation for Bilbao’ (Guggenheim Museum Bilbao,1997) a response to the enormous scale of loss surrounding the AIDS epidemic. Her work consist of words from the street brought into the museum on universal themes of intimacy, death, grief and loss to inspire the fight for human  rights, gender equality, conflict, war, and social justice to open a space for debate.

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