Description : Gives modern viewers an illustrated key to unlock the mysteries of paintings, sculpture and architecture by the great Italian masters, and provides fresh insight into the currents of Renaissance thought, from humanism to myticism to religion reform. We may never know what the Mona Lisa is really smiling about, but we do know that there's much ore to the masterpieces of Renaissance art than the beauty that meets the eye. There are layers of significance below the surface of Leonardo da Vinci, Fr Angelico, Donatello Michelangelo and many others. This magnificently illustrated guide by an expert art historian gives you the key to unlock those secrets for yourself. Split into three parts, Part One is the vivid immersion in the culture of this remarkable period, tracing the profusion of innovations in literature, painting, sculpture and the decorative arts that date to this time. Part Two offers a wide-ranging guide to the essential elements of symbolic language in Renaissance art, including colour, geometry, light and shade, proportion, perspective and body language. In Part Three, the heart of the book, Richard Stemp analyzes more than 40 works grouped around a dozen themes, including Mythology, War and Peace, and Death and Eternity. Each work is shows in full colour and each is then taken apart to reveal the symbols it contains and to interpret their enigmatic meaning.
Description : Kittens are not cats. They have their own very specific needs and challenges. They may scratch furniture, chew on cords, and just generally cause trouble-all while looking adorably innocent. Their first year will be one in which they learn how to use a litter box; that nipping at hands and feet is not tolerated; and how to go to sleep when you do, so their play doesn't keep you up all night. It will be your job to teach them appropriate behavior. 'The Secret Language of Kittens' is your partner during this first year, your one-stop guide when looking for answers. It takes the mystery out of kitten communication, giving you the insight needed to raise a kitten into a happy, well-behaved cat. Learn to translate the vocal communication, behavior, and body language of your kitten. Understand how your kitten sees the world. Know how your attempts at communication and interaction are interpreted, and get guidance on kitten care. As this book shows, there are no bad kittens, only owners who don't yet understand their kitten's 'secret language.'
Description : A strikingly illustrated key to decoding anatomical terminology, with 150 terms for body parts that derive from animals, plants, objects, and more An initiation into the mysterious subject of anatomical terminology, this book reveals the body's secret language by explaining the close relationship between human organs and structures and the evocative names given to them by anatomists. Beautifully crafted images illustrate 150 terms derived from the animal, food, place, plant, symbol, or other object that the body structure or function clearly resembles. Complete with a guide to prefixes and suffixes, this book decodes patterns in the naming of parts throughout the human body and makes anatomical terms more memorable for medical students and practitioners. In addition to professionals, anyone interested in the history of anatomy, the structure and function of the human body, medical etymology, and the history of language will be fascinating by this engrossing, accessible, and informative book.
Description : Recent studies into the minds of canines show that they have a rich social intelligence and a physical and vocal language as complex and subtle as our own. The Secret Language of Dogs is a guide to understanding your dog, communicating effectively, strengthening your bond, and helping them to learn in the most effective way possible so they feel confident navigating the human world with success. Along the way, you'll learn the answers to questions such as: -What do different tail wags mean? -What does being right-pawed say about my dog's personality? -How can I tell the difference between boredom barking and warning barking? -What does it mean when my dog spins around, arches his back, or gives me the whale eye? -Do dogs feel guilt? -How do dogs perceive human faces? -Why do some scientists think dogs' emotional experience is even greater than ours? Filled with adorable full-colour photographs and instructive illustrations, this insightful 'dog decoder' will soon make you dog's best friend.
Description : Who is depicted in that stained glass window? What is the significance of those geometric figures? Why are there fierce-looking beasts carved amidst all that beauty? Is there a deeper purpose behind the play of light and space in the nave? Why is there a pelican on the lectern and ornate foliage on the pillars? The largely illiterate medieval audience could read the symbols of churches and cathedrals and recognise the meanings and stories deliberately encoded into them. For worshippers these were places of religious education and an awe-inspiring feast that satisfied both the senses and the soul. Today, in an age less attuned to iconography, such places of worship are often seen merely as magnificent works of architecture. This book restores the lost spiritual meaning of these fine and fascinating buildings. The Secret Language of Churches & Cathedrals provides a three-part illustrated key by which modern visitors can understand the layout, fabric and decorative symbolism of Christian sacred structures - thereby bringing back to life their original atmosphere of awe and sanctity. Part One is an analysis of structural features, outside and in, from spires and domes to clerestories and brasses. Part Two is a theme-by-theme guide, which identifies significant figures, scenes, stories, animals, flowers, and the use of numbers, letters and patterns in paintings, carvings and sculpture. Part Three is a historical decoder, revealing the evolution of styles - from basilicas through Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic and beyond. For all those who seek to know more about Christian art and architecture, this richly illustrated book will instruct and delight in equal measure.
Description : Cats are often thought to be solitary and hard to read but, if you know what to look for, they possess a "secret language" that relies on expressions, body postures, behaviours and noises. The Secret Language of Cats shows how to interpret what our felines are telling us and explains how they, in turn, interpret our body language and attempts to communicate and interact with them. The Secret Language of Cats provides fascinating and revealing insights into why cats act as they do. It also contains practical advice for training, addresses common health and behavioural problems, and suggests ways to strengthen the bond with your feline friend. The book contains useful and important Canadian resources regarding breed information, adoption and rescue, training, and behaviour. Promptly and properly decoding feline messages is the key to both a contented cat and a confident owner.
Description : The Secret Language of Spirit is the culmination of award-winning author and psychic medium William Stillman’s wisdom and insights in a fascinating exploration of the sometimes blatant, sometimes hidden spiritual symbolism in our everyday lives. With accessible language, easy-to-understand explanations, and fascinating anecdotes, Stillman introduces to the open-minded layperson an alternate lens through which to view daily interactions with Spirit. Topics unique to this compelling new work include: A thorough explanation of Heaven’s inner workings. Recognizing Spirit-speak—the silent but ever-present signs and signals that surround us. Decoding symbolic patterns found in nature, dreams, our names, and the manifestation of “threes.” Associative links in memory that correlate spiritually to music and scents. Stillman’s most powerful observations may be found in the chapter that correlates spiritual sensitivity with persons with autism, mental illness, and dementia—individuals whose “gibberish” is often dismissed as pathology but may actually provide glimpses into another realm. The Secret Language of Spirit concludes with an empowering chapter that addresses the concepts of abundance and achieving authenticity with Love’s Foot Rule—12 fundamental tenets. Stillman also introduces the principles of passion, pursuit, and prosperity, and how to manifest them in concert with Spirit.
Description : A puppy comes with a lot of specific challenges. From ears to paws, they are bundles of energy. Mischievous and constantly testing boundaries, they will keep their owners on their toes. Pups will need to be housebroken, crate trained, and taught basic commands. They may chew your shoes, dig up your garden, or take play too far by nipping at your hands and feet. It will be your job to teach them appropriate behavior. 'The Secret Language of Puppies' is your partner during this first year, your one-stop guide when looking for answers. It takes the mystery out of puppy communication, giving you the insight needed to raise a puppy into a happy, well-behaved dog. Learn to translate the vocal communication, behavior, and body language of your puppy. Understand how your puppy sees the world. Know how your attempts at communication and interaction are interpreted, and get guidance on puppy health and care. As this book shows, there are no bad puppies, only owners who don't yet understand their pup's 'secret language.'