Recent Acquisitions, Reference

Hall's Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols

Hall's Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art is the definitive dictionary on the iconography Western art.  The new edition contains an expanded index of religious beliefs, ideas, and social customs, as well as a select number of line drawings which illustrate the text.  Extensive cross referencing makes this volume invaluable.  In his introduction, Kenneth Clark suggests, "Mr. Hall's book is intended to help the non-specialist art lover to look at pictures and sculpture with more understanding.  It contains much that anyone of average education and over fifty years of age will know already.  It also contains a good deal that is new to me, and so, I suppose, will be unfamiliar to some other readers."  Following its term on the recent acquisitions table, this book will be in the reference collection.  N7560 .H34 2008