Angels: A Pop-Up Book

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Whether you consider angels to be divine messengers, spiritual guides, or the stuff of legend, you will find something to marvel at in Chuck Fischer's beautifully illustrated Angels: A Pop-Up Book. Fischer's original art, inspired by classic images from art history, is crafted into astoundingly intricate three-dimensional pop-ups with fold-outs and moveable parts. Angels brings to life the most captivating stories of these celestial beings, from the angels of the zodiac to Biblical angels to angels in the arts ...

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Overview

Whether you consider angels to be divine messengers, spiritual guides, or the stuff of legend, you will find something to marvel at in Chuck Fischer's beautifully illustrated Angels: A Pop-Up Book. Fischer's original art, inspired by classic images from art history, is crafted into astoundingly intricate three-dimensional pop-ups with fold-outs and moveable parts. Angels brings to life the most captivating stories of these celestial beings, from the angels of the zodiac to Biblical angels to angels in the arts and popular culture. Much like its subject, Angels: A Pop-Up Book inspires awe and wonder and is a unique gift book for all ages.

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Sacramento Book Review
What an incredible, ornate, extravagant work of art is Chuck Fischer's Angels! I'm amazed at the level of sophistication with which these images were wrought. . . . I can't heap enough glowing praise on Chuck Fischer who did the artwork, Bruce Foster, who figured out how to fold it all neatly up into a pop-up that is smooth-flowing and easy to open, and to Curtis Flowers for the articulate, eloquent dissertations that give us the legends, myths and history of the Angels. What more perfect time of year to bring out this gem than at the holidays?
--Sacramento Book Review
"What an incredible, ornate, extravagant work of art is Chuck Fischer's Angels! I'm amazed at the level of sophistication with which these images were wrought. . . . I can't heap enough glowing praise on Chuck Fischer who did the artwork, Bruce Foster, who figured out how to fold it all neatly up into a pop-up that is smooth-flowing and easy to open, and to Curtis Flowers for the articulate, eloquent dissertations that give us the legends, myths and history of the Angels. What more perfect time of year to bring out this gem than at the holidays?"
—Sacramento Book Review
"What an incredible, ornate, extravagant work of art is Chuck Fischer's Angels! I'm amazed at the level of sophistication with which these images were wrought. . . . I can't heap enough glowing praise on Chuck Fischer who did the artwork, Bruce Foster, who figured out how to fold it all neatly up into a pop-up that is smooth-flowing and easy to open, and to Curtis Flowers for the articulate, eloquent dissertations that give us the legends, myths and history of the Angels. What more perfect time of year to bring out this gem than at the holidays?"
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"What an incredible, ornate, extravagant work of art is Chuck Fischer's Angels! I'm amazed at the level of sophistication with which these images were wrought. . . . I can't heap enough glowing praise on Chuck Fischer who did the artwork, Bruce Foster, who figured out how to fold it all neatly up into a pop-up that is smooth-flowing and easy to open, and to Curtis Flowers for the articulate, eloquent dissertations that give us the legends, myths and history of the Angels. What more perfect time of year to bring out this gem than at the holidays?"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316039703
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 18
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 2.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Fischer's paintings hang in some of the finest residences in the world. His designs have been reproduced on holiday ornaments and home furnishings, including wallpaper and fabrics in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. He is the author of five previous pop-up books—The White House, Great American Houses and Gardens, Christmas in New York, Christmas Around the World, and the forthcoming In The Beginning. He lives in New York and Florida.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Wonderful rendition

    Pop-ups are not easy to find in a very good quality. Sabuda and Cicely Mary Barker are my best finds up to now! Chuck Fisher can be added to the list of my collection. This book is an excellent rendition of pop-up! It is a must for those of you who love pop-ups!Don't miss this one.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    A TRIUMPH OF ART AND PAPER ENGINEERING

    Artist/designer Chuck Fischer has said of his time as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, "The astounding history and variety of angels in art and design that I saw during my stay were a revelation to me and became a new passion."

    While what he saw in Rome was a revelation to Fischer, ANGELS, an incredibly beautiful, intricately designed pop-up book, will be a revelation to many. Master paper engineer Bruce Foster has worked magic with every spread so one finds it impossible to choose a favorite, but simply enjoy each again and again. Rich with some 100 original illustrations, angels from differing cultures are presented in three dimensional scenes with movable parts accompanied by commentary that provides the angels' stories.

    Divided into three sections, the book focuses on Messengers, A Hierarchy of Angels, and Secular Angels and includes an explanatory narrative for each gorgeous pop-up. We often learn how and why these mystical beings came to be represented as they are not only in art but also in literature.

    ANGELS is surely one of the most elaborate pop-up books I've ever seen. The ingenuity of the paper engineering coupled with the inspiring subject matter make it a pleasure to behold and a treasure to keep.

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    A Must Read For Angel-Lovers

    Angels is the latest pop-up book by Chuck Fisher, complementing others he's done such as Christmas In New York and Great American Houses and Gardens. It is a stunning, gorgeous book that would make a perfect book to leave out for visitors to open and spend time with.

    Each page opens to an amazing 3-D popup. It's difficult to give the sense of how intricate and eye-catching each popup is. These were done by Bruce Foster, a master paper engineer. The reader can look at these again and again, finding something new to delight the eye on each viewing.

    Along with the popup on each set of pages, there are informational sections on each set of pages. The pages are broken into categories. The Origins Of Angels exploring the historical timelines and all the cultures that had a history of angels. Angels as Messengers look at Biblical angel messengers such as the burning bush with Moses, or the angels that saved Daniel in the lion's den. A Hierarchy Of Angels explains the six tiers of angels and the differences between such entities as cherubim, seraphim, thrones, dominions, virtues and powers. There is an entire set of pages devoted to the Archangel Michael, with what I found to be the most visually appealing popup with rich red tones and an elaborate dragon. The page for the Archangel Gabriel talks of how he was the one who told Mary her babe would be the Savior, and explores whether Gabriel is the only female angel. There is a section on angels in art and music. The final popup is on Angels of the Zodiac, with each sign assigned a specific angel.

    This is an amazing book. The intricate popups with their moveable parts, and the text explaining angels make this a feast for the eyes as well as the brain. This book is recommended for all readers, and those who are able to view it are lucky indeed.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Amazing

    Thanks to Hachette Book Group for my copy of this colorful pop-up book. No one does pop-up books as well as Chuck Fischer!

    Although children will enjoy it, in no way is this a children's book; it is created for adults and is a comprehensive study of angels arranged into three sections: "Messengers," "A Hierarchy of Angels," and "Secular Angels." Text is interspersed throughout the book by inserting booklets--themselves tiny works of art. A good idea is having the "Acknowledgment" and the "Image Credit" pages as pull-outs.

    This volume is smaller than other works of the author; perhaps because the price is less than the others. Nonetheless, it is large enough to do the job. I would encourage careful handling to preserve this treasure. This would make a marvelous gift.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Just gorgeous

    I always loved pop up books when I was younger. They were 'special' books, kept on a separate shelf. I still love them today and Angels by Chuck Fischer is destined for a separate shelf as well. An adult shelf though, this one's not for kids to play with!

    Angels or celestial spirits appear in many languages and traditional religions including Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Angels covers the history and origins of angels including biblical, secular, arts and music, the zodiac and much more.

    Fischer has created absolutely gorgeous artwork and paper engineer Bruce Foster has taken that art and produced some of the most intricate pop ups I've ever seen. The colours are rich as is the detail. But it's not just pop ups, it's pull outs and fold outs too, little booklets within the book. I tried to take a picture to show you one of the pop ups, but it just didn't do it justice. My favourite was of the archangel Gabriel. The text is a fascinating collection of historical fact and lore relating to angels.

    Turning each page is like unwrapping a present. You really have to stop and savour each page and look at all the detail. Although I must admit, the first thing I did was open every pop up and then I went back to read each page! This would make a phenomenal Christmas gift that could be enjoyed over and over again throughout the year.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    A grown-up pop-up book - artistically and carefully crafted!

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    Angels: A Pop-Up Book is not to be confused with a children's pop-up book. This is geared towards adults. The book is divided into three sections: "Messengers," "A Hierarchy of Angels," and "Secular Angels." Each section is well researched and relies on the works of philosophers, artists and authors to provide information and images.

    In Messengers, Fischer explores the concept of Angels in the ancient kingdoms of Mesopotamia, Babylon, Egypt and in the religions of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. The Section A Hierarchy of Angels covers references from the Old Testament, the mystical and philosophical writings in The Celestial Hierarchy (De Coelesti Hierarchia), Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica, Jewish tradition, and Islam. The artwork for depicting Archangel Michael fighting the dragon and Archangel Gabriel and the Annunciation are particularly captivating. The Section On Secular Angels begins with the secular interest in angels during the Renaissance. This section touches on the work of artists, the writings of Greek scholars during the fall of Constantinople in 1453, artists during the 18th and 19th centuries, Lord Byron, Victor Hugo, even recent portrayals of angels in film and television.

    The pop-up art is elaborate, intricate and richly decorated. Angels: A Pop-Up Book is sure to be enjoyed by people with an interest in the art and concept of Angels.

    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Pop edition (October 19, 2009), 18 pages.

    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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