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Online version of the Grove Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 volumes). Contains articles on every aspect of visual arts including painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography.
Online version of the Grove Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 volumes). Contains articles on every aspect of visual arts including painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography. Also includes biographical information on major artists, bibliographical references and links to images. (Part of the Oxford Art Online suite.)
Gateway to art research and access point for Oxford art reference resources, including Grove Art Online, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Gateway to art research and access point for Oxford art reference resources, including Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
The dictionaries below will be helpful in architectural history research. For a more general selection of architecture dictionaries, be sure to consult the Dictionaries and Foreign Language Dictionaries sections of our web guide Architecture Resources.
Critical terms for art history, ed. by Robert S. Nelson and Richard Shiff. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Collection of essays by experts on important terms in art and architectural history.
Glossarium Artis. Munchen: K.G. Saur. 1977–present v.1–present. Series of illustrated dictionaries of highly specialized art and architectural terms in English, French and German. Each volume a separate topic.
Vocabolario di architettura: prima edizione completa dal manoscritto autografo, Agostino Fantastici. Fiesole (Firenze): Cadmo, 1994. Esedra; 6. Architectural, building and civil engineering terms in use in Tuscany in the first half of the 18th century. Definitions compiled by architect-designer Fantastici (1782-1845) from the many early and classical treatises he used in his own work, and published together for the first time from the original manuscripts now in the Biblioteca Comunale degli Intronati di Siena. Includes bibliography.
Wasmuths lexikon der baukunst. Berlin, E. Wasmuth, a. g. [1929–37] Terms, biographies, bibliographies, and articles on legal, social and historical aspects of architecture. Especially useful for information on early modern architecture. German language. Includes plans and illustrations. Nazi influence in vol. 5, Suppl.
Calendar of creative man, John Paxton and Sheila Fairfield. London: Macmillan, 1980. Timeline from prehistory to 1970 with focus on 3-dimensional arts. Notes by date events and major works in each discipline.
Companion to contemporary architectural thought, ed. by Ben Farmer and Hentie Louw. London: New York Routledge, 1993. Not really an encyclopedia, but a wonderful "snyoptic collaborative work" that brings together a series of essays written by an international assortment of architects and historians. Introduces the reader to the essential qualities of architecture as revealed through history, and provide an "appreciation of the general state of the architectural world as it appears at the close of the 20th century." Includes bibliographies.
Enciclopedia de arquitectura Plazola. Alfredo Plazola Cisneros;coautores, Alfredo Plazola Anguiano y Guillermo Plazola Anguiano. Estado de Mexico: Plazola Editores, 1994–present. 10 vols. Spanish language encyclopedia with Mexican and Latin American emphasis.
Encyclopedia of building technology, ed. by Henry J. Cowan. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988. 210 brief articles written by experts in the field of building technology, each with bibliographic references.
Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world, ed. by Paul Oliver. Cambridge, U.K.; New York:Cambridge University Press, 1997. 3 vols. Comprehensive encyclopedia with articles by experts in their fields. Vol. 1, theories and principles; Vols. 2–3, cultures and habitats, geographically. Complex hierarchical and alphabetical organizational structure—be sure to read the explanation on how to use. Includes cross-references, glossary, comparative lexikon of terms in 6 languages, bibliography, index of cultures, habitats, nations and locations, and general index.