Schirmer's Encyclopedia of Art, 1st Edition

  • Ann Landi
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 0028654145
  • ISBN-13: 9780028654140
  • DDC: 703
  • Shipping Weight: 8.85 lbs ( 4.01 kgs)
  • 851 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 2002 | Published



Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin 20 Best Bets for Student Researchers 2002

This lavishly illustrated full-color encyclopedia provides a complete survey of world art from prehistory to the present. More than 400 A-to-Z entries written by scholars and area specialists cover painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, movements and genres around the world -- from Europe and Asia to South America and the Middle East. Designed with more than 500 color illustrations, sidebars, timelines, cross-references, definitions in the margins and other student-friendly features, Schirmer's Encyclopedia of Art is the most authoritative, comprehensive art resource for students available.


"Good quality paper, 300 color illustrations, and an excellently designed reference tool. Also, unlike many art surveys, the Schirmer Encyclopedia of Art is not completely Eurocentric; art from non-Western countries abounds. Some 400 entries (including 300 biographies) run from a few paragraphs to a few pages in length and are clearly written; small caps within the text indicate cross references. The best feature is the layout, particularly the inclusion of definitions in the three-inch margins (An asterisk in the text marks words that are defined). Volume 4 contains both a cumulative index and a Suggested resources section (which includes both online resources anda topically arranged bibliography). This encyclopedia does its job well and is suitable for its intended audience. ... Recommended with reservations for libraries with a younger clientele in need of a well-illustrated, easy-to-use, basic resource about art history." -- Library Journal (April 2002)

— Library Journal

"The set is accessible in an A-Z format and is appropriate for students in middle school through high school, as well as general readers...The set reflects new thinking about art, for example, the amplification of art formerly termed 'primitive' and the inclusions of artists and schools outside the Western mainstream. An attempt is made to place art in its historical context, with descriptions of the political, religious, and cultural climate - the article on Mary Cassatt, to take one example, emphasizes restraints on women's freedom that she faced. This attractive set is recommended for high-school and public libraries." -- Booklist (April 2002)

— Booklist

"The Schirmer Encyclopedia of Art (SEA) is an authoritative four-volume encyclopedia that is a history of art from both western and international perspectives. It includes hundreds of color images as well as some 300 biographies of world artists in many genres. ... There are suggested resources prior to the index in volume four. These include online resources (only museum sites), and hard copy resources ... This encyclopedia is color-coded and designed in a very accessible format ... for a wide range of audiences and area studies and should satisfy the needs of older students and the general reader interested in the arts. It is not didactic or erudite, but written in common language with succinct information." -- ARBA (2002)


"This four-volume encyclopedia of world art is an excellent reference tool for older students and general readers and it would be a valued addition to any high school or public library...These short and concise articles contain certain flashes of brilliance that a reader might not expect to find in a short encyclopedia article...This encyclopedia of art is highly recommended for most libraries." -- Catholic Library World (September-November 2002)

— Voice of Youth Advocates