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A Biographical Dictionary of Artists
     

A Biographical Dictionary of Artists

by Lawrence Gowing (Editor)
 
With more than 1,300 entries, this authoritative volume provides information on the premier figures of the art world. Spanning the ages and the globe, this massive reference work features entries on every imaginable artist working in every conceivable visual medium, from architecture to sculpture, from painting to pop art. Includes 700 photos, 500 in color.

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With more than 1,300 entries, this authoritative volume provides information on the premier figures of the art world. Spanning the ages and the globe, this massive reference work features entries on every imaginable artist working in every conceivable visual medium, from architecture to sculpture, from painting to pop art. Includes 700 photos, 500 in color.

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School Library Journal
YA-Although concentrating on classic Western artists, this heavily illustrated collection of 1340 entries includes non-Western figures both ancient and modern. Concise biographical sketches summarize the individuals' styles and important works, assess their contributions to the arts, and provide basic biographical data. YAs will gain insight into the greats and near-greats in painting, sculpture, and architecture from the ancient Japanese to Western pop artists. Gowing includes more entries than are generally found in similar texts and art-history books.-Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
Zom Zoms
Originally published in the U.S. in 1983 by Prentice-Hall, as volume 2 of the "Encyclopedia of Visual Art", this work is little changed. Lawrence Gowing, the noted British art historian who died in 1991, is still cited as general editor. The entries were contributed by scholars at British museums and universities. Of the 88 contributors, only three are not associated with a British institution The dictionary is made up of alphabetically arranged entries ranging from 1520 lines to two pages for painters, architects, and sculptors from pre-Christian times to the present. Coverage is strongly Western, with some Asian artists included. Each artist's entry includes dates, training, career, influences on his or her work, and, for approximately one-third of the artists, a brief bibliography of further reading, almost all English-language sources. Most of the entries are augmented by good-quality color or black-and-white reproductions of art works Preceding the biographical entries are chronological charts showing lifespans of the artists of various national schools and indicating the time spans of art movements. Following the entries is an excellent glossary of visual-art terms illustrated by line drawings. An index of personal and geographic names concludes the work. Minor artists not entered in the main work are included in the index with a one-line identification This is a solid reference source that will have value for readers with little training in art. The clearly written entries are supported by the clarity of the chronological tables, the concision of the glossary, and the comprehensiveness of the name index. For libraries not owning the 1983 edition, the dictionary will be a helpful acquisition in public, high-school, and undergraduate libraries.
Booknews
**** A comprehensive alphabetical reference on artists in all mediums, revised and updated from its original publication by Prentice-Hall in 1983 (which is cited in Sheehy). The 1,340 illustrated articles cover all the dominant artists; relatively minor artists are listed in summary form in the index. Each article summarizes the development of an artist's style and important works against a background of relevant biographical information, and assesses his or her enduring contribution to the arts. The text is complemented by 473 color and 341 b&w illustrations. Includes a detailed illustrated glossary and a chronology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816032525
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
784
Product dimensions:
8.89(w) x 11.31(h) x 2.30(d)

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