Index to Reproductions of European Paintings: A Guide to Pictures in More Than Three Hundred Books

Index to Reproductions of European Paintings: A Guide to Pictures in More Than Three Hundred Books

Index to Reproductions of European Paintings: A Guide to Pictures in More Than Three Hundred Books

Index to Reproductions of European Paintings: A Guide to Pictures in More Than Three Hundred Books

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This index to reproductions of European paintings is a guide to pictures by European artists that are reproduced in 328 books. The paintings are entered (1) under name of artist, followed by his dates when obtainable, by title of the picture, and by an abbreviated entry of the book in which the reproduction may be found; (2) under distinctive titles; and (3) in some cases under subjects. Whenever permanent locations could be determined, this information has been recorded by symbols.

BOOKS INDEXED. Since the index is intended as a reference aid for librarians and museums, not as a tool for research workers, the inclusion of books has been limited to general books available in most art libraries. A full list of those indexed, including abbreviations used in place of complete titles, will be found on pages 11-18. Books from the countless number that might have been indexed were chosen from suggestions made by libraries and museums and from selections by the compilers. No books on individual painters, few catalogs of exhibitions, and few books in foreign languages were considered, because their inclusion would have increased the size and the price of this work beyond the limits set.

TITLES. Since a painting is often found under different titles, the selection of the definitive one has been a problem. Following the title that appears to be most generally accepted, the alternative title or titles have been given in parentheses with references from them to the one under which books containing reproductions may be found. When titles in foreign languages have occurred in the books indexed, they have usually been omitted in the main entry in favor of the English title except for very familiar ones, but a reference has been made from them to the English form. For example, under Cézanne the title Card players has been given, but a reference from Les joueurs de cartes to Card players has been made because the French title has appeared in some of the books indexed. However, in the case of Botticelli Spring, the familiar title Primavera has been added in parentheses. Sometimes only the foreign title has been listed as no other was given in the books indexed. Every effort has been made to compare these paintings and to bring them together with their alternative titles, but this has proved such a difficult task that the same picture may occasionally be found listed under two titles.

Titles have been copied as found in books indexed except in a few cases where obvious mistakes in printing occurred.

Whenever it was impossible to make a distinction between two identical titles used by an artist for different pictures, the compilers have inserted in parentheses after the title the names of private owners or have supplied numbers. Often permanent locations of such pictures, as shown by symbols, are sufficient to differentiate them.

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