A Dictionary of Art Titles

The Origins of the Names and Titles of 3,000 Works of Art


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About the Book

Titles of artworks can be misleading, and their relation to a painting or sculpture difficult to discern. Some titles require previous knowledge of history, religion or mythology. And some titles defy logic and seem to have little to do with the artwork.
This dictionary of 3,000 works of art explains the meaning behind the titles. The titles, mostly of paintings and sculpture, but also other media, are arranged by original title or English title (with French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian works usually given in their own language, and occasionally other works as well); each entry provides an English title when necessary, the artist’s name, when known, the date of creation, the present location, and an explanation of the title. A bibliography and an index of artists are included.

About the Author(s)

The late Adrian Room was a noted toponymist and onomastician. The author of more than 50 reference books about words and names, he lived in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.

Bibliographic Details

Adrian Room
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 294
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [2000]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3889-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1


Bibliography      275

Index of Artists      281

Book Reviews & Awards

“well suited for use in general and ready-reference collections as well as in more subject-specific collections of academic and public libraries”—Booklist; “information is brief and easily understood. [A] handy reference [that] would be especially useful in junior high or high school libraries”—VOYA; “entries make fascinating reading, either for browsing or for answering a particular enquiry…an impressive range of modern artists and titles…meticulously researched and is likely to become an indispensable reference source”—Reference Reviews; “authoritative and well documented…excellent. Recommended”—The Book Report; “indexes of artists and composers are complete”—Catholic Library World; “literary connections to the art are an outstanding feature”—ARBA.