Mexico: Clothing & Culture


Chloë Sayer

Alexandra Palmer

9" x 12"
176 Pages

Textiles are an essential part of Mexico’s enduring legacy. Over the course of four millennia, many cultures have flourished. The Maya, the Aztec and other major civilizations developed distinctive forms of adornment and dress. The Spanish Conquest of 1521 brought European garment styles, raw materials, skills and design motifs. Contemporary textiles owe their range and vitality to this fusion of traditions. Ceaselessly evolving, Mexican textiles combine prodigious technical prowess with exquisite artistry. This publication tells the fascinating story of Mexican textiles. From sarapes and rebozos to splendid examples of beadwork, constructed from, minuscule imported glass beads, the author covers the evolution of male and female dress, and the vast range of techniques used by spinners, dyers, weavers and embroiderers. Chloë Sayer offers a scholarly yet readable introduction to the important field of cultural textiles. This landmark reference work appeals to the many audiences passionate about Mexican history and culture, textiles, and design in general.

Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano

Pompeii In the Shadow of the Volcano (Cover Image)

Paul Denis

Kate Cooper

8" x 5"
76 Pages

A detailed guide highlighting nearly 40 showpieces from the ROM's exhibition Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano. Accompanied by stunning photography and unique contextual images, this guidebook covers of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of our time. From ordinary household items to extraordinary pieces of art, the book highlights the life of the people of Pompeii, real people, not unlike us. Readers are able to view stunning sculptures rooted in Greek mythology, gladiator equipment that tell the tales of bloody combat, and even a mosaic dog that would have guarded the entrance to a household. From viewing a society in its prime, readers are taken to the moment disaster struck where on display is food that was about to be eaten—bread, figs, and olives well past their best-before date. The disaster becomes all the more real with the heartbreaking casts of the people unable to escape—men, women, children, and even a dog.

Pompeii and its fate are explored through sections that examine the chronology of the disaster as well as its devastating toll and aftermath.


The First Brush: Paul Kane and Infrared Reflectography

The First Brush book cover

Kenneth R. Lister, editor

8.5" x 10.5"
80 Pages
Soft Cover

Canadian artist Paul Kane lived in a century when foreign cultures were expanding across North America. Native cultures were encouraged to adopt different world views and alter the way they made a living. Kane—aware that aboriginal cultures were changing—set out to produce a visual record of Native peoples and the land they inhabited before such a record was no longer possible. From 1845 to 1848, Kane journeyed extensively across Canada, taking graphite, watercolour, and oil-on-paper sketches of the peoples he met and their cultural practices.

As Kane worked on the final art, in some cases certain details were changed and compositions altered. With “Near Infrared Reflectography” technique we can “see” Kane struggling with the oil-on-canvas compositions in his studio. The First Brush: Paul Kane and Infrared Reflectography delves into comparisons between painted versions of the same scene and reveals the initial painting and the copy. Beneath the surface of the finished painting lie his initial renderings, his first drawings, and painted efforts that expose his original intentions for the painting. Were they true to the sketch? Did he wrestle with a desire to present in grand fashion, but then resist the temptation?

This book is a unique insight into Paul Kane’s thinking and artistic processes between the years 1849 and 1856 as he painted in his Toronto studio. It explores the issue of truthfulness in Kane’s art and his struggle for composition. Additionally, these comparisons expose Kane’s response to external pressures, as well as his steadfastness to a realized vision.

ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario

Butterflies of Ontario, Cover Image

Peter W. Hall, Colin D. Jones, Antonia Guidotti, and Brad Hubley

4.5" x 8"
488 Pages
Soft Cover

This is the very first field guide on the butterflies of Ontario. It highlights the diversity of life by featuring a staggering 167 species of butterflies known to occur in Ontario. The ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario includes descriptive species accounts, flight season phenograms, and striking field photography of adults and caterpillars. Using range maps based on hundreds of thousands of historical records, and what we believe to be a first for a field guide: computer-modelled predictive distributions, this book illuminates the complete life history of these butterflies. The field guide’s easy-to-access approach, comprehensive coverage, and beautiful design make it an essential guide for both amateur naturalists and professional lepidopterists.

Every Object Has a Story

9.75 x 11.25 inches
188 Pages
Hard Cover

For the past 100 years, the Royal Ontario Museum has gathered precious objects from around the world to connect its visitors to all corners of the globe. To celebrate our centennial, 21 Canadian writers, artists, scientists—including an astronaut—share their personal connections with 21 extraordinary objects from the Museum’s collections.

Read Joseph Boyden’s observations around the Blackfoot robe and Deepa Mehta’s childhood memories of trying to dance inspired by Shiva Nataraja’s “Dance of Bliss.”  Look at the meteorite that Chris Hadfield suggests is an actual glimpse into Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.  The book captures moments, thoughts, stories—humorous, nostalgic and oftentimes deeply personal.

The ROM in partnership with The Walrus Foundation, brings you an anthology of Canada’s finest writing.  Combining curatorial expertise and unexpected, intimate perspectives, this writing is accompanied by stunning contemporary photography and striking documentary shots, emphasizing the individual experience with these natural and cultural masterpieces.

Available April 8 in the ROM Museum Store or the iTunes Store.

Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana

Book cover: Ultimate Dinosaur: Giants from Gondwana

David C. Evans

Matthew J. Vavrek

Soft Cover 8" x 5"
80 Pages
Soft Cover

Millions of years go, lands that were once united were torn apart. Dinosaurs were carried in different directions, passengers on moving continents. An incredible array of dinosaur diversity began to emerge in the southern hemisphere, in the ancient land of Gondwana. The land masses that would form modern-day Africa, Madagascar and South America began to take shape, and were home to the largest and most unusual dinosaurs to have ever roamed the earth. Now, for the first time in North America, audiences will meet a new breed of beast in the ROM's landmark exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana. An extraordinary opportunity to experience dinosaurs you've never seen before, in ways you've never imagined.

Mysteries of Ancient Ukraine: The Remarkable Trypilian Culture (5400-2700 BC)

Krzysztof Ciuk, Editor

256 Pages
Soft Cover

Nestled in the forest steppes of what is now Ukraine, the Neolithic-Bronze Age culture known as Trypilia built the largest settlements in Old Europe, some with an estimated population of 10,000 to 15,000 people. The Trypilians were pre-eminent as ceramicists, their creations ranging from amphorae to plates, bowls, spoons, jewelry, models of houses, and figurines of women. It is believed that the culture's many ceramic female figurines are linked to an agrarian cult of fertility. This full-colour publication coincides with the ROM exhibition of the same name (November 29, 2008 - March 22, 2009).

Biological Notes on an Old Farm: Exploring Common Things in the Kingdoms of Life

384 Pages
Hard Cover

This book opens a window on parts of the living world that are close to all people, but recognized by very few. Set in the context of new concepts for the Kingdoms of Life, the book encourages curious observers to look at common plants, invertebrate animals, fungi, algae, and bacteria in north-eastern North America, and to recognize some of their biological and historical connections. These connections flow from examples identified on the author's old farm in eastern Ontario, and support the theme of this book-common things reveal much about the way the world works. Profusely illustrated and beautifully designed, this is a book to enhance understanding of the natural world.

I Brought the Ages Home

C. T. Currelly, Foreword by Northrop Frye

314 Pages

The deluxe edition of ROM founding director Charles T. Currelly's memoirs. With full-colour plates. Published on the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Museum.

Shanghai Kaleidoscope

Christopher Phillips

144 Pages
Soft Cover

This unprecedented view of one of the world's most dynamic cities examines Shanghai as a laboratory for 21st-century urban creation. Leading architects and fashion designers provide an insider's view of the high-speed, high-density, high-rise culture that is rapidly emerging in China's largest city. An adventurous mix of architectural models and digital simulations; designer fashion apparel, drawings and runway videos; and paintings, photo-works and video installations by the city's leading contemporary artists.