A Biographical Dictionary of Artists

Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Checkmark Books, 1995
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Synopsis: Offers brief profiles of hundreds of painters and sculptors

From Booklist: 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 15^-20 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.

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Title: A Biographical Dictionary of Artists
Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Checkmark Books
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Hardcover
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Edition: 1st Edition

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