The Grove encyclopedia of classical art and architecture [electronic resource] /
edited by Gordon Campbell.
[Oxford] : Oxford University Press, 2009-
9780195325218 (eresource) :
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[Oxford] : Oxford University Press, 2009-
9780195325218 (eresource) :
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This deals with all aspects of classical art from Cycladic, Minoan and Etruscan art to the fall of the Roman Empire. It is a comprehensive reference source on this important area for students, researchers and the general public.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-12-01:
This encyclopedia builds as much, if not more, on Grove Art Online than on its 1996 print predecessor, the 34-volume Dictionary of Art, ed. by Jane Turner. As with the first title in this new series, The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts (CH, Mar'07, 44-3611), this new title consists of two volumes, builds on articles contributed to the Dictionary of Art, and is edited (authored, really) by Campbell. Like the articles in Decorative Arts, those here (which stem from approximately 365 contributors to the 1996 publication) have been updated (text and bibliography), re-edited, and re-worked by Campbell so as to render them his creations. That is why none of the entries bear the names of the original authors. Campbell's accomplishments speak for themselves, bringing to life and to verity the statement in the preface by Grove Art Online's senior editor, Christine Kuan, that "Gordon Campbell, a highly experienced editor and a true Renaissance man, has accomplished the colossal task of distilling the vast corpus of information on Classical art in Grove Art Online, which devotes nearly three million words to the subject, into a cohesive and remarkable reference work."One cannot speak too highly of this publication; it should grace the library of every scholar and library interested in the subject. It is a fundamental resource--from the most basic entry to the most in-depth reading and research--a difficult accomplishment that was equally the case for Decorative Arts. But the publishers and Campbell have gone beyond this accomplishment, e.g., besides repeating the additional material of preface, introduction, acknowledgements, abbreviations, illustration acknowledgements, contributors, and index, they have added two new sections--"A Note on the Use of the Encyclopedia" (basic editorial conventions), and a substantial thematic index. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. J. Weidman Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-09-01:
This spin-off of the 34-volume Grove Dictionary of Art and Grove Art Online purports to be the most current and comprehensive reference resource for the visual arts of the classical era; indeed, it provides information on an incredible breath of classical art topics, covering every art form, medium, and civilization, from roughly the third millennium B.C.E. to the collapse of the Roman empire around 650 C.E. Drawing on the contributions of more than 6700 experts from 120 countries, it is largely the masterpiece of editor and art historian Campbell (Renaissance studies, Univ. of Leicester). Campbell culled the nearly three million words on the subjects of classical art and architecture in the aforementioned publications into a concise and relatively user-friendly resource intended for the general public, students, scholars, collectors, curators, and others. Moreover, he has updated, expanded, or revised the more than 1000 A-to-Z entries to reflect new archaeological discoveries, publications, and scholarship as well as commissioned nearly 100 new articles from American and European colleagues of international repute. Approximately the same length as Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Modern Library, 2003), which runs to one and a half million words, the resulting work is richly illustrated with 600-plus halftone reproductions and 32 full-page color plates, maps, and line drawings. BOTTOM LINE Intellectually impressive and visually informative, this noteworthy and authoritative encyclopedia is well worth the price; strongly recommended for the specialized art book collections of large public, academic, and special libraries.-Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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