The Masterpiece of Nature

The Evolution and Genetics of Sexuality
Author: Graham Bell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1000507327
Category: Science
Page: 634
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Originally published in 1982, The Masterpiece of Nature examines sex as representative of the most important challenge to the modern theory of evolution. The book suggests that sex evolved, not as the result of normal Darwinian processes of natural selection, but through competition between populations or species - a hypothesis elsewhere almost universally discredited. The book also discusses the nature of sex and its consequences for the individual and for the population, as well as various other theories of sex. Since the value of these theories is held to reside wholly in their ability to predict the patterns of sexuality observed in nature, the book seeks to provide an extensive review of the circumstances in which sexuality is attenuated or lost throughout the animal kingdom, and these facts are then used to weigh up the merits of the rival theories. This book will be of interest to researchers in the area of genetics, ecology and evolutionary biology.

The Masterpiece


Author: Francine Rivers
Publisher: NavPress
ISBN: 1496418956
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
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A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY bestseller “This character-driven romance will enthrall [Rivers’s] many fans.” Library Journal The New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece. A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison. Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever. “Rivers deftly threads Roman’s and Grace’s lives together as they tiptoe around their emotional scars, eventually shifting into a dance of tentative steps toward a love neither can resist. Fans of Christian romance will delight in this tale of salvation through love.” Kirkus Reviews “Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with biblical truths and redemptive themes. . . . This is an amazing, beautifully written tale to be savored and pondered and shared with others.” Romantic Times “Readers will marvel at Rivers’s storytelling arc encompassing the reconciliation of gritty past misdeeds and the work in progress of a life of forgiveness.” Booklist “Fans of Francine Rivers will eagerly devour The Masterpiece and find exactly what they are looking for: a beautifully written story of faith, romance, and the power that true freedom can bring.” Bookreporter.com

The Masterpiece

A Novel
Author: Fiona Davis
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1524742961
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
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In this captivating novel, national bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them. For most New Yorkers, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different. For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future. It is 1928, and Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. Though not even the prestige of the school can override the public's disdain for a "woman artist," fiery Clara is single-minded in her quest to achieve every creative success—even while juggling the affections of two very different men. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they'll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression...and that even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come. By 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay's life. Dilapidated and dangerous, Grand Central is at the center of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby. But when Virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolor, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay. She embarks on a quest to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece—an impassioned chase that draws Virginia not only into the battle to save Grand Central but deep into the mystery of Clara Darden, the famed 1920s illustrator who disappeared from history in 1931.

The Masterpiece


Author: Émile Zola
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019259317X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 400
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The Masterpiece is the tragic story of Claude Lantier, an ambitious and talented young artist from the provinces who has come to conquer Paris and is conquered by the flaws in his own genius. While his boyhood friend Pierre Sandoz becomes a successful novelist, Claude's originality is mocked at the Salon and turns gradually into a doomed obsession with one great canvas. Life - in the form of his model and wife Christine and their deformed child Jacques - is sacrificed on the altar of Art. The Masterpiece is the most autobiographical of the twenty novels in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. Set in the 1860s and 1870s, it provides a unique insight into his career as a writer and his relationship with Cézanne, a friend since their schooldays in Aix-en-Provence. It also presents a well-documented account of the turbulent Bohemia world in which the Impressionists came to prominence despit the conservatism of the Academy and the ridicule of the general public. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Masterpiece Within


Author: Guy Scholz and Claudia Church
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 1452523428
Category: Self-Help
Page: 372
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Every life has a story to tell. Whether or not our lives tell an intriguing and inspiring story lies in the hands of each and every one of us. Creating an adventurous and meaningful life story is oftentimes difficult due to the layers of self-defeating personal beliefs we accumulate through our life experiences. The Masterpiece Within: Five Key Life Skills To Becoming A Living Work Of Art, is a comprehensive, yet reader-friendly life skills manual filled with motivational stories, pop culture references from the film, music, and sports worlds, alongside ageless wisdom from ancient masters that help us chip away layers of fear, anger, discouragement, childishness, shame, low self-esteem, guilt, and numerous other learned traits that blind us to our own innate beauty. Life Skill #1: Choosing Wisely Life Skill #2: Becoming The Hero Of Our Own Life Story Life Skill #3: Discovering And Developing Life Bliss Life Skill #4: Balancing Emotions, Spirit, Mind, And Body Life Skill #5: Making A Difference Using the story behind the creation of Michelangelo's sculpted masterpiece, The David, as a metaphor The Masterpiece Within teaches there is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered in all of us! We must envision the masterpiece within ourselves, the same as Michelangelo could envision David beneath the flawed block of marble before he even put chisel to stone.

The Masterpiece


Author: Kerryn Jeffreys
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1514443929
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 28
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Josiah is a young boy wishing he could do something to feel special when he is chosen by the Great Creator to care for an extra-special painting, a grand masterpiece. What a privilege! However, this task turns out to be not as easy as Josiah thinks. He struggles to take care of the masterpiece, but things go from bad to worse. Just when all seems ruined, the Great Creator himself comes to claim back the painting. What can Josiah do? Will he let his Great Creator down?

Tanya, the Masterpiece of Hasidic Wisdom

Selections Annotated & Explained
Author: Rami Shapiro,Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 1594732752
Category: Religion
Page: 178
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The wisdom of Jewish spirituality and mysticism can be a companion for your own spiritual journey. Tanya, "It Was Taught," is one of the most powerful and potentially transformative books of Jewish wisdom. Written in 1797 by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Hasidism, Tanya sets forth the fundamentals of Jewish spirituality and mysticism. While a focus of daily study by tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews, Tanya is little known outside the world of Jewish mysticism. Until now, its kabbalistic terms and esoteric language have made this essential text of Jewish spirituality inaccessible to most readers. In this engaging volume, Rabbi Rami Shapiro offers a contemporary English translation of key selections of Tanya coupled with commentary designed to clarify and amplify the wisdom it contains. He also outlines the philosophical and spiritual framework on which Tanya is based--God's nonduality; the five dimensions of reality and their corresponding intelligences (body, heart, mind, soul, and spirit); the purpose of mitzvot, the practices of Jewish life, as catalysts to God realization and the hallowing of all life through godliness--to help you understand the selected Tanya translations in a way that enhances your own spiritual development. Now you can benefit from the wisdom of Tanya even if you have no previous knowledge of Judaism or Hebrew terminology. This SkyLight Illuminations edition presents the core teachings of Tanya, with insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that will deepen your understanding of the soul and how it relates to and manifests the Divine Source from which all life comes, in which all life lives and to which all life returns.

The Masterpiece


Author: MaryAnn Minatra
Publisher: Harvest House Pub
ISBN: 9781565071728
Category: Fiction
Page: 413
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Minatra continues the fine tradition of historic fiction that made The Tapestry such a success, with the spellbinding story of the Alcott family. After young Andy Alcott, a mate on a British merchant vessel, is badly injured during a brawl in New Orleans, he spends months recuperating at the home of his great uncle--and finds himself falling in love with his host's young wife.

The Masterpiece Marriage (Focus on the Family Marriage Series)


Author: Focus on the Family
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441227393
Category: Religion
Page: 80
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Has the Concept of Marriage Lost its Essence? Was marriage designed for happiness and self-fulfillment? Or did God have a grander plan in mind when He created marriage? In The Masterpiece Marriage, discover God's primary purpose for marriage, find out why a healthy marriage is known as a "divine triangle," learn how to live your married life as a great adventure, and guard against the sin that mars your relationship with God--and with each other. This study contains four sessions, each with four main components: Tilling the Ground Planting the Seed Watering the Hope Harvesting the Fruit With some heartfelt digging, you can discover God's infallible master plan for your marriage. "We often hear that the institution of marriage is suffering. But there is good news, too! By submitting their relationships to God and seeking out the right resources, married couples can know what it means to truly thrive. That's what Focus on the Family's Marriage Series is all about. Whether you're in a small group, a mentoring relationship, or you just want to study as a couple, this series can transform your marriage for the better."--Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family "Marriage is an amazing adventure--filled with excitement, joy, and challenges. Focus on the Family's Marriage Series examines God's gift of marriage in all of its wonderful dimensions. I consider it a privilege to be involved with this important set of relationship-strengthening resources."--Dr. Greg Smalley, Vice President, Family Ministries, Focus on the Family

The Masterpiece

Jorn Utzon, a Secret Life
Author: Philip Drew
Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing
ISBN: 9781876719340
Category: Architects
Page: 574
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A dual biography of the Sydney Opera House and its elusive master craftsman. Utzon was desperate to escape the fame that followed him after his creation came to fruition in 1966, and he remains resistant to any serious reflection on his life and work. It has taken 30 years of persistent research to gain an understanding of his character.

Medusa

The Shipwreck, The Scandal, The Masterpiece
Author: Jonathan Miles
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448113849
Category: Art
Page: 352
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In June 1816, the Medusa, flagship of a French expedition to repossess the colony of Senegal from the British, set sail but ran aground off the desolate West African coast. The evacuation of the frigate was chaotic and cowardly - 146 men and one woman were herded aboard a makeshift raft which was then abandoned in mid-ocean, cut loose by the convoy of lifeboats which had pledged to tow it to safety. The drifting raft carried those who survived to the very frontiers of human experience. Crazed, parched and starving, the diminishing band slaughtered mutineers, ate their dead companions and organized a tactical extermination of the weakest among them. Among the handful of survivors from the raft were two men whose written account of the tragedy catalogued the trail of government incompetence, indifference, and cover-up. Their book became a best-seller which rocked Europe and inspired the promising artist, Théodore Géricault. Reeling from an illicit affair with his attractive young aunt, he threw himself into an exhaustive study of the Medusa tragedy. Set in the politically fragile world of Restoration France, the murk of Georgian London and along the dangerous West African coast where the French were covertly regenerating the outlawed slave trade, Medusa witnesses error and outrage turned into a bestseller, and that bestseller transformed into one of the masterpieces of Western art.

The Mystery and the Masterpiece

The Message of Marriage
Author: Randy Blankenship, Sr.
Publisher: Ambassador International
ISBN: 162020598X
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 128
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In today’s conversation about marriage and sexuality, both inside and outside the church, most people know what the Bible says. But do they know why it says what it does? Why the restrictions? What’s the purpose? Don’t we have freedom . . . to do with our bodies what we will . . . to love whomever we choose to love? In The Mystery and the Masterpiece, Randy Blankenship, Sr. shows a Biblical portrait of marriage. From cover to cover the Bible presents marriage as a masterpiece. Even in the church, it seems to have been a mystery. But it is a beautiful portrait painted by God for the purpose of revealing the kind of relationship He desires with mankind. If we only have information, but don’t see the picture, we miss the beauty of the masterpiece. We miss the message marriage was designed to teach us. The Mystery and the Masterpiece will not only help existing and future marriages, it will help people to be able to talk about marriage and sexuality presenting a viewpoint not with anger or acrimony, but speaking the truth in love.

The Masterpiece


Author: Anna Enquist
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 268
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Enquist's impassioned novel revolves around the artist Johan Steenkamer, the women who are drawn to him, and his troubled family relationships. The three days leading up to the opening of his grand exhibition are depicted with a dramatic sense of light and shade. Present events are shadowed by the past, and the section describing the loss of Steenkamer's daughter is an exploration of grief that will leave no reader unmoved.

James to the Rescue

The Masterpiece Adventures Book Two
Author: Elise Broach
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
ISBN: 1627793178
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 112
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In this Masterpiece Adventure, the second in a companion series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, Marvin the beetle is going collecting with his family. All is good and well until Uncle Albert gets hurt. Marvin needs James's help to save Uncle Albert before it's too late. This young chapter book captures the miniature world of Marvin the beetle and his special friendship with James.

The Masterpiece


Author: Jay Miletsky
Publisher: New Paige Press
ISBN: 9780578496382
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 24
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The Masterpiece follows an ambitious set of paintbrushes as they set out to create a grand work of art. But will their goals be derailed when some of the paintbrushes display unusual behavior, or will they all learn how to work together, no matter what? Join a spunky collection of paintbrushes as they set out to create a grand masterpiece. When some of the brushes don't cooperate, is it because they are misbehaving...or is there another reason entirely? In this story, an initiative of REED Foundation for Autism, young readers are introduced to some of the behavioral differences in their peers with autism. Without ever mentioning any particular challenge or disability by name, this story helps children recognize and understand what autism is, and impress upon them the importance of showing kindness to those who are different, wrapped into a fun story with lighthearted, engaging characters.

MAN THE MASTERPIECE


Author: John Harvey 1852 Kellogg
Publisher: Wentworth Press
ISBN: 9781363912438
Category: History
Page: 714
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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Louvre and the Masterpiece


Author: Isabelle Lemaistre,David A. Brenneman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 224
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An exploration of how the definition of a "masterpiece" has changed over time with 91 works of art drawn from all eight of the Musée du Louvre's collection areas.

Man, the Masterpiece

Or Plain Truths Plainly Told about Boyhood, Youth and Manhood
Author: John Harvey Kellogg
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Hygiene
Page: 596
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The Masterpiece of the Wilderness

Journeys of a Warrior Poet
Author: Deanna Deering
Publisher: Voice Ministries
ISBN: 9780977396405
Category: Poetry
Page: 215
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Jesus Christ is sounding out His invitation now. He is wooing us - His people - out of our comfort zones and placing us into the unknown and uncharted wilderness. In the wilderness you will find out who you truly are and who He truly is. It is a known fact that the ability to deceive ourselves is great. By hearing His voice and renewing our minds as we embrace the cross, we are able to encounter the great love that He bestows upon us. In the wilderness you will find Him as your Beloved and you will discover yourself as someone who is deeply loved. The depth of the revelation of the love of God will come at some of the darkest times in your life. This is His desire - to show you who you truly are in His eternal eyes."I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." - Galatians 2:20