Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art

James Hall (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$63.54
Publisher
Westview Press
Publish Date
March 03, 2014
Pages
364
Dimensions
5.97 X 8.96 X 0.97 inches | 1.17 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780813343938

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About the Author

James Hall passed away in August 2007. A noted scholar and historian of art, he was the author of several works, including "The Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art" (Westview Press, 1996).

Reviews

It is clearly written, well arranged, and can be read for its own sake as a compendium of the image-making faculty of Western man. I would recommend it strongly to anyone who wishes to increase his interest and pleasure in visiting a picture gallery or turning over the illustrations of a book of art.
Kenneth Clark
Of the several comparable dictionaries on the iconography of Western art . . . this one is by far the most satisfactory. This much richer fund of material as well as the tightly packed and well-written entries convey much information. In all, an impressively erudite yet thoroughly useable dictionary for which students and faculty alike should be grateful.
Choice
The volume is comprehensive to interested laymen, and should be quite useful for students and scholars. Entries pertain to persons, titles and pictures, and objects as attributes and symbols. Recurrent mythological, historical and religious themes are explored and allegorical, poetic, and saintly characters are also covered. Cross references and appropriate line drawings enhance the book's value. And because the entries are succinct and really absorbing, it's fun simply to browse through this dictionary. Highly recommended.
Library Journal"
"It is clearly written, well arranged, and can be read for its own sake as a compendium of the image-making faculty of Western man. I would recommend it strongly to anyone who wishes to increase his interest and pleasure in visiting a picture gallery or turning over the illustrations of a book of art."
--Kenneth Clark

"Of the several comparable dictionaries on the iconography of Western art . . . this one is by far the most satisfactory. ...This much richer fund of material as well as the tightly packed and well-written entries convey much information. In all, an impressively erudite yet thoroughly useable dictionary for which students and faculty alike should be grateful."
--Choice

"The volume is comprehensive to interested laymen, and should be quite useful for students and scholars. Entries pertain to persons, titles and pictures, and objects as attributes and symbols. Recurrent mythological, historical and religious themes are explored and allegorical, poetic, and saintly characters are also covered. Cross references and appropriate line drawings enhance the book's value. And because the entries are succinct and really absorbing, it's fun simply to browse through this dictionary. Highly recommended."
--Library Journal