Artist's lexicon of antiquity

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The artist's lexicon of antiquity (KLA) is an art-historical lexicon that was created as part of the lexicon project General Artists' Lexicon (AKL). It covers a period from around 2650 BC. BC to around 750 AD and covers a large part of the visual artists currently known by name who were active in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Artists who are only known by an emergency name as well as craftsmen and workshop managers who produced mass-produced goods such as terra sigillata vessels or clay lamps were not recorded .

The lexicon contains 3891 keywords and was published in 2001 and 2004 in two volumes by KG Saur Verlag in Munich and Leipzig:

  • Volume 1 includes the letters A to K and contains around 1900 artist names.
    Volume 2 comprises the letters L to Z and contains around 1,800 artist names as well as another 157 addendum names to the letters A to K.

In addition to the artists of classical antiquity, the employees of the project supervised by Rainer Vollkommer attached great importance to recording all of the ancient Egyptian artists known by name on a large scale for the first time. A total of 165 authors from 24 countries were involved in creating the lexicon. The KLA is completely contained in the CD-ROM and online edition of the AKL.

In 2007, both volumes were also published in an inexpensive version in one volume by Nikol Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG. Here, however, the pages of both volumes were counted, so that an exact citation of the second volume was difficult.

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