The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists

Erika Langmuir and Norbert Lynton

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August 11, 2000
768 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
ISBN: 9780300087024
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The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists is a superb reference work dealing with all aspects of Western art from 1300 to the present day. It provides information on painters, sculptors, and graphic artists, technical processes, terminology, theory, schools, movements, patrons and collecting, and much more. There are also extended conceptual entries ranging over such subjects as abstraction, allegory, genres, iconography, illusionism, minimalism, realism, and symbolism.

Written by Erika Langmuir and Norbert Lynton, the 3,000 entries are unusually readable and lucid, providing vivid characterizations of artistic styles and artists. Entries vary between short and encyclopedic; major artists and artists whose careers or talents have recently been reassessed or who seem to merit reassessment are given a fuller treatment. There is extensive cross-referencing between entries.

Erika Langmuir is a former head of education at the National Gallery, London. Norbert Lynton, professor emeritus of the University of Sussex and former director of exhibitions for the Arts Council of Great Britain, has written widely on twentieth-century art.

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“The only dictionary I know worth reading like a book.”—John Milner

“Covering Western art from 1300 to the present day, The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists is a must-have work of reference. Almost 3,000 entries on nearly 800 pages provide a wealth of information on painters, sculptors, printmakers and graphic artists, plus notes on painting, terminology and technical processes. Education and art history experts Erika Langmuir and Norbert Lynton have created a book ideal for gallery visitors as well as anyone interested in the history of art.”—Art & Design

“This is a very useful and highly accessible new dictionary, intended for travelers, gallery visitors or the ‘armchair art lover’, but equally of benefit to the professional student. . . . The dictionary is written in a very readable style, partly because the authors have not refrained from assessing the status or value of a particular artist, movement, theory, etc. They have taken into account the most recent research on the subjects treated, making this undoubtedly the most up-to-date book of its kind, as is for example attested by the entries on Dutch classicist painters, only recently reassessed.”—Burlington Magazine

“This handy little volume in Yale’s ‘Nota Bene’ series is a welcome addition to available sources for the study of art. Its 3,000 entries on painters, sculptors, printmakers, and art terminology cover Western art, 1300 to the present, with some ancient seminal figures. . . . The good representation of contemporary artists makes this volume useful for both studio artists and art historians. . . . Should be a required investment for students in art history courses and for studio artists or art amateurs.”—Choice

“This handy little volume in Yale’s Note Bene series is a welcome addition to available sources for the study of art. . . . The good representation of contemporary artists makes this volume useful for both studio artists and art historians.”—Choice



















The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists is a superb reference work dealing with all aspects of Western art from 1300 to the present day. From Aachen to Zubaran, it provides information on painters, sculptors, and graphic artists, technical processes, terminology, theory, schools, movements, patrons, and collecting, and much more. . . . Unusually readable and lucid, providing vivid characterizations of artistic styles and artists.”—New England Antiques Journal

“The writing is of a very high standard and the entries are models of compression. Not only a delight to flick through but invaluable.”—RA Magazine

“For a desk dictionary, this is an excellent resource for those who need to refresh or acquaint themselves with visual art and artists within western culture. . . . This is a valuable resource for those who want a thumbnail sketch of the characteristics of an artist or movement which is not reductionistic.”—Religious Studies Review

“The Yale [Dictionary] improves on [the competition] in three main areas: its coverage of contemporary art, particularly the 1980s and 90s; its entries for major artists; and for movements, concepts, etc. It is completely up to date.”—James Hall, Times Literary Supplement

“Excellent source for information on Western art, artists, and movements from ancient to modern times. Will easily find a place in Junior High/Middle and high school collections.”—Gail Richmond, University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

“Small in size, but large in information, this title offers nearly 3,000 entries covering Western art from 1300 to the present.”—Lisa Weissenbuehler, University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries
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