Reference

One Thing Leads to Another… candle pictures and knavery.

Describing a painting seen on the British Antiques show, my co-worker Marsha reminded me of a conversation we had about masters of candlelight painting, and of Godfried Schalcken in particular. Years ago I saw one of his paintings in, I believe, the Louvre. It was a small evening scene of men wearing big black Dutch hats, all seated around a dining table.

A.C.I. Art Catalogue Index

This index is the type of reference text that librarians and researchers rejoice over.  The A.C.I. was compiled and realized by Noelle Corboz and Cécile de Pebeyre under the direction of Marc Blondeau and Thierry Meaudre.  The subtitle defines it succinctly, "Catalogues Raisonnés & Critical Catalogues of Artists 1780-2008," and further, "Painting, Sculpture, Works on Paper, Prints, Contemporary Media."  Entries are alphabetical by artist name, with place and date for birth and death.  Bibliography proceeds chronologically from date of publication, with separation for genre.  De

The Grove Encylopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

This recently published three volume set is, like so many previous Grove volumes, immediately essential.  The Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture fills in an unoccupied space in the reference collection, covering topics heretofore not published in a single volume or set.  Entries are concise but thorough, with up to date bibliography.  Illustrations and photographs are in black and white.  An index follows in the third volume.  One cannot overlook the most obvious, but perhaps most important aspect of this set; it is published in English.

Pages