Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Dictionary of Pastellists
This Web edition of a dictionary of pastellists before 1800 is based on the print version, of the same title, written by Neil Jaffers and published in 2006. Pastels by French artists, such as Joseph Vivien, Jean-Marc Nattier, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau and Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun are represented, and works by other major pastellists, such as John Singleton Copley, John Russell, Anton Raphael Mengs, Rosalba Carriera and Jean-Étienne Liotard from the American, English, German, Italian and Swiss schools, as well as a number of minor portraitists.
The online edition is structured as closely as possibly on the print version, with articles for each artist which open as a PDF file. A search facility is provided, as well as an index of sitters, a list of exhibitions and a topographical index of some 500 museums and other collections which hold pastels.