Baker & Taylor
"Answers to how various mythological, Biblical, and literary themes have been treated in literature, art, music, and the performing arts can be found in this work. It provides an analysis of over 100 selected themes that reflect the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of scholarly and academic work through the use of various iconographical sources. The alphabetical arrangement facilitates browsing, while the six indexes provide multiple access by considering, among others, references to the Bible; Judeo-Christian personages, places and concepts; and artists and works of art".--"Outstanding Reference Sources : the 1999 Selection of New Titles", American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.
& Francis Publishing
First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Numerous contributors present essays on artists' uses and interpretations of some 120 narratives and themes from mythology, religion, and literature in various time periods, cultures, and art forms. Covering such concepts as abandonment, communion, marginality, misfortune, and sacrifice, the essays focus not on personages, but on their actions, the situations in which they find themselves, and the concepts they represent. The authors discuss these themes in terms of their incorporation in major iconographic narratives, their use by less well- known artists, their historical background, and their representation in allegories, gestures, costumes, composition, and other forms of visual expression. The editor includes indexes of ancient, classical, and Judeo- Christian persons, places, and concepts; references to the Bible and other sacred books; artists and works of art; authors and composers; literary texts; and other topics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.