The Oxford Dictionary of Art

The Oxford Dictionary of Art

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This dictionary is a new single-volume reference work providing a guide to the art of the Western world up to the present day. It draws on the Oxford Companions to "Art", "Twentieth Century Art" and the "Decorative Arts"and also includes a large number of entries omitted from the above texts. There are critiques of the major and many of the lesser known artists. Movements, groups, styles and ideas ranging from Byzantine to Junk Art are discussed in their historical context. Special terms and processes are explained, for example how frescoes were made and the meaning of "salomonica" or double dipper. The scope of the dictionary is wide, covering not only drawing, painting and sculpture, but also many of the applied arts such a mosaic, silk-screen printing, tapestry and landscape design. Locations of works of art are given and the principle patrons identified wherever possible. Separate entries are included for many of the well-established collectors and patrons, art historians and art dealers.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 558 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192800221
  • 9780192800220

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"Chock-full of useful information, this well-written dictionary is comprehensive, though not encyclopedic, and provides an overview of Western art forms and artists from the fifth century BC to the present."--Boston Sunday Globe"The best and most inclusive single volume available, immensely useful and very well written."--The Sunday Times (London)"Chock-full of useful information, this well-written dictionary is comprehensive, though not encyclopedic, and provides and overview of Western art forms and artists form from the fifth century BC to the present."--The Boston Sunday Globeshow more

About Ian Chilvers

About the Editor Ian Chilvers is an art historian and freelance editor and writer. He is the co-author of A-Z of Art and Artists.show more

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