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The Iconographic Encyclop?dia of the Arts and Sciences

The Iconographic Encyclop?dia of the Arts and Sciences

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Excerpt from The Iconographic Encyclop?dia of the Arts and Sciences: Translated From the German of the Bilder-Atlas (Iconographische Encyclop?die)

The present volume, the third of'the Iconographic series, treating as it does of Art, follows in logical sequence those which have preceded it. A due regard for the enlarged scope of the Anglicized edition of the Bilder-Ailas - which in the present treatise required an augmentation of Dr. Moritz Carriere's original text nearly four-fold - has entailed upon the Editor the necessity of practically rewriting the entire work. This necessity has been rendered the more imperative by reason of the fact that the scope of the subject, as originally treated, included but a brief review of the vast developments of Modem Art. The enlarged plan, as formulated by the publishers, necessitated, furthermore, the partial remodelling of the work, the more salient features of which, however, remain based on Dr. Carriere's outline.

The limited time which could be allowed for the completion of the task rendered a division of labor expedient, and the Editor has happily been able to secure the services of Professor A. L. Frothingham, Jr., for the section on Early Christian and Medi?val Art, and of Hon. S. G. W. Benjamin for Modem Art. Professor Frothingham's long residence in Italy, where he made himself familiar with Christian art, entitles him to speak with authority on this subject. Mr. Benjamin is already well known to the public by his handbooks on contemporary art in Europe and America, and more recently by his writings on Persia and Persian art.

In the section on Ancient Art the text of Dr. Carriere has been utilized in its strict translation only in the graphic description of the throne of Zeus at Olympia. In Medi?val Art all that follows German painting of the fifteenth century is a translation of the original text. The part on Modern Art has been entirely rewritten, with the exception of the text descriptive of the illustrations on Plates 26, 40, 50, 51, 60, and 61.

With the enlargement of the text the necessity for a proportionate increase in the number of illustrations has not been overlooked. The latest advances of the photoglyptic art have been utilized in reproducing directly from original sources representations of art-works both ancient and modem, to the usefulness of which is thus added the further value of autographic copies. It will be observed that the additional Plates are on single pages, the nature of the engravings making this arrangement preferable to the adoption of the double-page form of the German Plates.

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