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"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... art."--Kenneth Clark


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"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... art."--Kenneth Clark

30 review for Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art: Revised Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul Bauer

    I don't really expect oblique angles and understatement for comic effect in dictionaries (Ambrose Bierce excepted) but p. 101 had this for Diana: ". . . Latterly she became identified with the moon goddess, LUNA (Selene) who was not remarkable for her chastity." A very useful reference for art museum visits or rummaging through old art books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hank Stuever

    Recommended to me long ago by the Washington Post's art critic, Paul Richard, as something anyone who writes about meaning, symbols, cues, imagery might want to have on his desk. He was right.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Invaluable reference tool. Great fun for random readers of dictionaries.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    This is a reference book so I haven't read the whole thing, but this book has really helped me understand the works of art we study in homeschool. It is fun to read a few pages at a time or you can just look up a subject. It is arranged alphabetically. Sometimes I wish it would go a little deeper into explanations but it is definitely a good starting point. I just love learning little tidbits such as that a pomegranate represents the Resurrection and that a Griffin can represent the dual nature This is a reference book so I haven't read the whole thing, but this book has really helped me understand the works of art we study in homeschool. It is fun to read a few pages at a time or you can just look up a subject. It is arranged alphabetically. Sometimes I wish it would go a little deeper into explanations but it is definitely a good starting point. I just love learning little tidbits such as that a pomegranate represents the Resurrection and that a Griffin can represent the dual nature of Christ - His divinity (bird) and humanity (lion).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    I have been using this book for my course on iconography. It's really handy and wonderful detailed. I have been reading it for a longer period of time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ik.ben.henri

    I didn't really read this! Because! .... .... (wait for it) ... ... It's a dictionary! It's a very handy tool to help you 'read' European Art, especially art from the middle ages, renaissance, baroque but also the 19th - 20th century art styles... But not only that, if you're interested in our ancient European Religions, Myth's, History and even everyday objects throughout history, you can look it up and find some information. I don't think there isn't a Saint or old greek/roman god not explained I didn't really read this! Because! .... .... (wait for it) ... ... It's a dictionary! It's a very handy tool to help you 'read' European Art, especially art from the middle ages, renaissance, baroque but also the 19th - 20th century art styles... But not only that, if you're interested in our ancient European Religions, Myth's, History and even everyday objects throughout history, you can look it up and find some information. I don't think there isn't a Saint or old greek/roman god not explained in this book. Don't know if you're looking at a Benedict monk or a Franciscan monk? Use this book! Don't know what music instrument is represented in that painting? Use the book! It's more handy than the cluttered and very badly written (like this review) information you can find on the internet!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tatjana

    I've had this book since the 1980s and I find it as relevant today. It enriched my art history eduction and deepened my appreciation of the lexicon of contemporary work. If you can find it, your will not be disappointed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Very detailed and useful information.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Killip

    i love this book :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    AC

    This is a reference work -- so "read" is not accurate

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    Essential for any visual art lover.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Booklovinglady

    Truly excellent work of reference which I use a lot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    edward padilla

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tuubaa

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pablo Andrés González

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Tuck

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marguerite Tuijn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Molly

  20. 5 out of 5

    GleShee

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katherine O’Donovan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrei

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes Smith

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kuo

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  28. 4 out of 5

    Weiming Kong

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth Daugherty

  30. 4 out of 5

    Biso Bawazir

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