Art & Literature

Our Art & Literature collection features studies of artists as diverse as Ninetta Sombart, Hieronymus Bosch, Carl Larsson and Raphael, as well as explorations into the work of Shakespeare and Dostoevsky.

This section also includes our range of books about architecture and design with two important works by Jon Allen.

Illustration from A Farm by Carl Larsson
Carl Larsson's Home, Family and Farm: Paintings from the Swedish Arts and Crafts Movement

Carl Larsson's Home, Family and Farm: Paintings from the Swedish Arts and Crafts Movement

Original Artwork by Carl Larsson; Polly Lawson
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Beautiful watercolours depicting Swedish rural life at the turn of the last century, ... Read more

Chartres: Sacred Geometry, Sacred Space

Chartres: Sacred Geometry, Sacred Space

Gordon Strachan
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Explores the magnificent structure of Chartres Cathedral, suggesting its origins lie in Islamic architecture. Also explores how a particular building or space affects... Read more

Conversation: A New Theory of Language

Conversation: A New Theory of Language

Carl H. Flygt; Foreword by Madison Smartt Bell
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Explores the relationship between Rudolf Steiner's threefold social order and human conversation.... Read more

Dostoevsky: The Scandal of Reason

Dostoevsky: The Scandal of Reason

Maria Nemcová Banerjee
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A series of essays examining two of Dostoevsky’s masterworks, Notes from Underground and The Brothers Karamazov.... Read more

Drawing Geometry: A Primer of Basic Forms for Artists, Designers and Architects

Drawing Geometry: A Primer of Basic Forms for Artists, Designers and Architects

Jon Allen; Foreword by Keith Critchlow
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Teaches professionals how to draw two-dimensional geometric shapes in simple step-by-step instructions.... Read more

The Dream Song of Olaf Asteson: An Ancient Norwegian Folksong of the Holy Nights

The Dream Song of Olaf Asteson: An Ancient Norwegian Folksong of the Holy Nights

Original Artwork by Janet Jordan; Introduction by Andrew Welburn; Jonathan Stedall
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An epic Scandinavian narrative brought to life with lumino... Read more

A readable and inspiring meditation on the profound spiritual meaning ... Read more

Footprints of an Angel: Episodes from a Joint Autobiography

Footprints of an Angel: Episodes from a Joint Autobiography

Siegfried E. Finser
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The inspiring story of an angel actively working in someone's life.... Read more

The Green Snake: An Autobiography

The Green Snake: An Autobiography

Margarita Woloschin; Translated by Peter Stebbing
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A first-hand account of a privileged upbringing and the introduction of anthroposophy into turn-of-the-century Russia, and the subsequent ... Read more

Explores the significance of the 15-image Madonna sequence developed by Felix Peipers... Read more

Hermann Gross: Art and Soul

Hermann Gross: Art and Soul

Robin Jackson; Foreword by Jennifer Melville
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The first biography of this important German artist who was resident at Camphill in Aberdeen for many years.... Read more

The Hidden Geometry of Flowers: Living Rhythms, Form and Number

The Hidden Geometry of Flowers: Living Rhythms, Form and Number

Keith Critchlow; Foreword by The Prince of Wales
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A beautiful and original book in which renowned thinker and geometrist Keith Critchlow focuses on flowers as ... Read more

History in English Words

History in English Words

Owen Barfield; Foreword by W. H. Auden
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A classic historical excursion through the English language.... Read more

The Life and Times of Rudolf Steiner: Volume 1: People and Places

The Life and Times of Rudolf Steiner: Volume 1: People and Places

Emil Bock; Translated by Lynda Hepburn
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A truly comprehensive portrait of Steiner and those who surrounded him, including student days in Vienna and his time... Read more

The Life and Times of Rudolf Steiner: Volume 2: Origin and Growth of his Insights

The Life and Times of Rudolf Steiner: Volume 2: Origin and Growth of his Insights

Emil Bock; Translated by Lynda Hepburn
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Explores some of the themes and ideas in Steiner's work as they came about in the course of his life.... Read more

Living Architecture

Living Architecture

Kenneth Bayes
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A concise introduction to the architectural ideas of Rudolf Steiner, showing his influence on practising architects and designers around the world.... Read more

Making Geometry: Exploring Three-Dimensional Forms

Making Geometry: Exploring Three-Dimensional Forms

Jon Allen
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Teaches professional how to make three-dimensional models of all the Platonic and Archimedian solids in step-by-step instructions.... Read more

Number and Geometry in Shakespeare's Macbeth: The Flower and the Serpent

Number and Geometry in Shakespeare's Macbeth: The Flower and the Serpent

Sylvia Eckersley
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A rigorous analysis of number patterns and rhythms in one of Shakespeare's great plays, which could have a profound influence on fut... Read more

One Language: Source of All Tongues

One Language: Source of All Tongues

Arnold D. Wadler
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Classic study on the origin of human language, tracing it back to pre-Columbian America.... Read more

Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 to 8

Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 to 8

Thomas Wildgruber; Translated by Matthew Barton
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A comprehensive teachers' manual which provides a complete artistic curriculum suitable for Steiner-Waldorf Classes 1 ... Read more

Painting With Children

Painting With Children

Brunhild Müller; Translated by Donald Maclean
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Ideas for encouraging a child's self-expression through watercolour painting. Essentially practical, this book is based on Goethe's colour theory an... Read more

Raphael's Madonnas: Images for the Soul

Raphael's Madonnas: Images for the Soul

Edited by Christopher Bamford
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A beautiful collection of 43 images of the Madonna, for use in meditation and reflection.... Read more

Reading Round Edinburgh: A Guide to Children's Books of the City

Reading Round Edinburgh: A Guide to Children's Books of the City

Edited by Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross; Introduction by J. K. Rowling; Illustrated by Adrian McMurchie
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A unique guide with child-friendly maps to help chi... Read more

Representative Men: In the Light of Anthroposophy

Representative Men: In the Light of Anthroposophy

T. H. Meyer; Translated by Carla Vlad
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Shows how particular individuals are representative of aspects of human nature. Includes Moses, Grünewald, Goethe, Nietzsche, Wil... Read more

An in-depth study of the four 'Oxford Christians' revealing the depths of their creative imagination and the last... Read more

A Rosicrucian Soul: The Life Journey of Paul Marshall Allen

A Rosicrucian Soul: The Life Journey of Paul Marshall Allen

Russell Pooler
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The story of a remarkable life dedicated to anthroposophy.... Read more

Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work

Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work

Gary Lachman
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A popular biography of one of the most creative and prolific figures of the early twentieth century.... Read more

Rudolf Steiner: His Life and Work

Rudolf Steiner: His Life and Work

Gilbert J. Childs
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This is a concise illustrated introduction to Steiner's life and work, describing how many of his ideas have been put into practice and are still giving inspiration and g... Read more

Rudolf Steiner Enters My Life

Rudolf Steiner Enters My Life

Friedrich Rittelmeyer; Translated by Dorothy S. Osmond
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The compelling story of Rittelmeyer's encounter with Rudolf Steiner, his critical appraisal of Steiner's ideas, and his gradual convictio... Read more

Traces how the sounds of English have changed, through thirteen centur... Read more

Taco Bay: His Life and Work

Taco Bay: His Life and Work

Deborah Ravetz
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The first biography of the man who led The Christian Community for twenty-five years.... Read more

Touched: A Painter's Insights into the Work of Liane Collot d'Herbois

Touched: A Painter's Insights into the Work of Liane Collot d'Herbois

Marie-Laure Valandro
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A exploration of Liane Collot D'Herbois' teaching on light, darkness and colour, through Valandro's personal journey of self-discov... Read more

An in-depth study of Dante's Divine Comedy which includes an exploration of Dante's connection to esoteric movements... Read more

A Way of Seeing: Perception, Imagination and Poetry

A Way of Seeing: Perception, Imagination and Poetry

John Allison
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This beautifully written book by Australian poet John Allison shows how poetry can reveal aspects of the world invisible to science.... Read more

When a Stone Begins to Roll: Notes of an Adventurer, Diplomat & Mystic: Extracts from Episodes in a Life of Adventure

When a Stone Begins to Roll: Notes of an Adventurer, Diplomat & Mystic: Extracts from Episodes in a Life of Adventure

Laurence Oliphant; Edited by T.H. Meyer
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An account of the life of an important personality who Rudol... Read more

Where Do Ideas Come From?: The Hidden Dimension of Creative Thinking

Where Do Ideas Come From?: The Hidden Dimension of Creative Thinking

Itzhak Bar Yona
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Considers the source of human creativity.... Read more

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