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To celebrate the 131st birthday of Max Beckmann today (Thursday, Feb. 12), the Saint Louis Art Museum announces the upcoming publication of a hardcover book by Lynette Roth exploring in depth the museum’s outstanding holdings of paintings by the German artist, the largest collection of its kind in the world.

Roth, a former Mellon Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum, is the Daimler-Benz Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard Art Museums, in Cambridge, Mass.

Richly illustrated and filled with detailed information about one of the leading artists of the 20th century, Max Beckmann at the Saint Louis Art Museum will be published in June.

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After two years of fundraising, Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries have finally secured the £2.25 million (approx. $3.6 million) necessary to buy the personal archive of early photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. Although Daguerre is often credited with the invention of photography, Fox Talbot’s book “Pencil of Nature” was an early development for paper-based processes and the first photographically-illustrated book. The archive includes objects photographed in the book, documents relating to both his work and his personal life, and many other items. The Bodleian Libraries have several plans in the works for the archive including a 2017 exhibition, a catalogue raisonné of his work, and an online archive for scholarly research.

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‘The Book of Miracles,’ a nearly complete illustrated manuscript from the Renaissance, will be published in a new book. ‘The Book of Miracles,’ which surfaced a few years ago and recently entered a private collection, is composed of 169 pages with large-format illustrations in gouache and watercolor depicting celestial phenomena and constellations as well as scenes from the Old Testament and medieval tales.

The book was assembled by Till-Holger Borchert, an expert in Early Netherlandish paintings and the chief curator at the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, and Joshua P. Waterman, an expert on German art of the late medieval and early modern periods and a research associate at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.

Borchert and Waterman’s book includes ‘The Book of Miracles’ in its entirety for the first time, an introduction that helps explain the volume’s cultural and historical context, and an extensive description of the manuscript and its miniatures, as well as a complete transcript of the work’s text.

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