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Renaissance art : a topical dictionary /
Irene Earls.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
description
xv, 345 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0313246580 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
isbn
0313246580 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4455800
 
Bibliography: p. [323]-327.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-04:
``This dictionary is intended to serve as a quick reference source for identifying and understanding Renaissance art of Italy and northern Europe. It contains basic information about topics that were common subjects of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts of the period.'' More than 800 selective alphabetical articles treat the period between 1305 and 1576. Internal ``see'' references, indicated by an asterisk, and ``see'' references at the end of articles, lead the reader from one entry to another. A general subject index and a list of artists are included. Finding biographies on artists is a bothersome three-step process, which requires looking in the list of artists and index. The guide is helpful for the person unfamiliar with Renaissance art and topics associated with it; e.g., there are articles on figures of classical mythology (Jupiter, Mars, Venus), the Roman names being used, with cross-references from Greek. Unfortunately, there are no illustrations. A good addition to a comprehensive art reference collection or the reference collection of an undergraduate library.-C. Reik, University of New Hampshire
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"Intended as a 'quick reference source for identifying and understanding Renaissance art of Italy and northern Europe,' this unique dictionary covers a great variety of topics related to Renaissance art. It also contains entries on 'characteristic schools, techniques, media and other terminology . . . as background information and to provide an art history vocabulary necessary for comprehending or classifying certain topics.' The topics relate to art works created between 1305 and 1576, the dates of Giotto's frescoes in the Arena Chapel in Padua and Titian's death, respectively. With the many stories being illustrated in art during this period, such a dictionary is a real aid in understanding the art. All topics included herein are found in more than one art work, some by the same artist. The topical articles are often entered as the title of the work of art with a cross-reference. There is also frequent use of cross-referencing since so many topics relate or contain related elements or elements deserving a separate entry. For each topical entry, the source of the story is given plus a brief summary of the story or significance of any element of a story. One example of a related art work and its location are given for each topic. It is not understandable why more than one example is not provided. This would have made the dictionary all the more useful. List of artists, bibliography and index. An interesting and informative resource. Recommended."- Reference Book Review
'œIntended as a 'quick reference source for identifying and understanding Renaissance art of Italy and northern Europe,' this unique dictionary covers a great variety of topics related to Renaissance art. It also contains entries on 'characteristic schools, techniques, media and other terminology . . . as background information and to provide an art history vocabulary necessary for comprehending or classifying certain topics.' The topics relate to art works created between 1305 and 1576, the dates of Giotto's frescoes in the Arena Chapel in Padua and Titian's death, respectively. With the many stories being illustrated in art during this period, such a dictionary is a real aid in understanding the art. All topics included herein are found in more than one art work, some by the same artist. The topical articles are often entered as the title of the work of art with a cross-reference. There is also frequent use of cross-referencing since so many topics relate or contain related elements or elements deserving a separate entry. For each topical entry, the source of the story is given plus a brief summary of the story or significance of any element of a story. One example of a related art work and its location are given for each topic. It is not understandable why more than one example is not provided. This would have made the dictionary all the more useful. List of artists, bibliography and index. An interesting and informative resource. Recommended.'' Reference Book Review
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"An interesting and informative resource. Recommended." Reference Book Review
Long Description
This dictionary is a quick and useful reference source for identifying and understanding the Renaissance art of Italy and northern Europe. Arranged in alphabetical sequence, the more than eight hundred entries provide basic information about topics that were common subjects in painting, sculpture, and decorative arts of the period. Additionally, entries on characteristic schools, techniques, media, and other terminology have been included as background information as well as to provide an art history vocabulary necessary for comprehending or clarifying certain topics. Supplemental information on various related topics is cross-referenced for easy access, and the reader is provided with an even more complete location of topics and other entries with "see" references and a subject index. As an aid to further study, a list of northern and Italian Renaissance artists, which includes life dates and nationalities, has been included. A bibliography is also provided for further reference.
Long Description
This dictionary is a quick and useful reference source for identifying and understanding the Renaissance art of Italy and northern Europe. Arranged in alphabetical sequence, the more than eight hundred entries provide basic information about topics that were common subjects in painting, sculpture, and decorative arts of the period. Additionally, entries on characteristic schools, techniques, media, and other terminology have been included as background information as well as to provide an art history vocabulary necessary for comprehending or clarifying certain topics. Supplemental information on various related topics is cross-referenced for easy access, and the reader is provided with an even more complete location of topics and other entries with see references and a subject index. As an aid to further study, a list of northern and Italian Renaissance artists, which includes life dates and nationalities, has been included. A bibliography is also provided for further reference.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction Dictionary
Appendix: List of Artists
Bibliography
Index
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