The Oxford Companion to Art - Harold OsborneOxford: Clarendon Press, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
16th impression, first edition 1970. Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates; Black & white drawings; List of abbreviations; 2-column text;
From the cover: “The Oxford Companion to Art is a handbook for readers who want an accessible introduction and work of reference to the fine arts. It contains around 3,000 entries varying from brief descriptions to longer articles that give both a survey of their subject and a guide of national and regional schools of art, styles, techniques, and iconography, and there are short biographies of painters, sculptors, and architects. A generous system of cross-references helps the reader to supplement the information given in any one article and there is a large selective bibliography.
The book covers human artistic endeavour through all time and throughout the world. In order to bring so vast a body of material within the range of a single volume the editor has excluded the practical arts and handicrafts with the exception of those, such as for example architecture and ceramics, which bulk so large in our knowledge of the artistic development of certain countries and peoples that their complete exclusion was out of the question. Articles are written by specialists and Harold Osborne has achieved a fine balance both in the selection of topics and in the degree of detail in each one.”