Hall's Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art

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Hall's Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art

Introduction by Kenneth Clark

 This dictionary relates in a succinct, readable way the themes, sacred and secular, on which the repertoire of European art is based. It has been sold in thousands every year and has become a standard work on the subject.


Kenneth Clark was born in 1903 and was educated at the University of Oxford. Aged 30, he was appointed Director of the National Gallery - he remained there until 1945. He has been Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford, Chairman of the Arts Council and Chairman of the Independent Television Authority.

He was knighted in 1938 and made a Life Peer in 1969. In 1976 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He is widely known for his television programmes on art, as well as for his writing.