Encyclopedia of Artists.
Encyclopedia of Artists. William Vaughn, editor. New York, NY:
Oxford University Press (800-445-9714), 2001. Illus., hardcover, 96 pp.
each book, $180.
This is a comprehensive, richly illustrated six-volume introduction
to Western art and artists written primarily for young people, grades
five through high school. Each volume presents an illustrated biography
of approximately 45 significant Western artists, 223 in total. A large
color reproduction accompanies each artist's biography, along with
reasonably in-depth biographical information. Each volume explains how
to use the encyclopedia and contains a timeline of artistic styles and
movements. The first five volumes of this set are composed of the
artists' biographies. The final book in the set, volume 6, is a
fully illustrated reference resource with brief chapters on the
principal artistic styles and movements throughout the past 700 years.
This would be a valuable resource for school libraries and/or artrooms.