Multilingual Dictionaries for Art Librarians

This informal bibliography of multilingual or polyglot dictionaries was recently posted on ARLIS-L by Kim Collins at Emory:

  1. Jones, Lois Swan. Art Information: Research Methods and Resources. 3rd ed. Publication Information: Dubuque, Iowa : Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co., c1990. See Appendix B and D.–Pages 299-328 consist of dictionaries of art terms in French, German, Italian, etc.
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  3. Multilingual glossary for art librarians : English with indexes in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish. München ; New Providence : K.G. Saur, 1996
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  5. Ian Sheridan’s An Art Librarian’s Glossary, published in 1984 by the IFLA Section of Art Libraries. It’s a dictionary type book of art terms in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German
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  7. Haggar, Reginald George. A dictionary of art terms: painting, sculpture, architecture, engraving and etching, lithography and other art processes, heraldry. [1962] reprinted 1984 According to Marmor and Ross¹ Guide to the Lit. of Art History 2: Glossary contains separate lists of French, German, and Italian terms, With English equivalents, useful for students preparing for graduate art history language exams.
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  9. Elsevier’s dictionary of architecture in five languages : English, French, Spanish, German, and Dutch / compiled by J.-P. Vandenberghe. Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier Science Publishers, 1988.
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  11. Das Grosse Fachworterbuch fur Kunst und Antiquitaten / herausgegeben und zusammengestellt von Christian Mu?ller, unter Mitarbeit von Roger Franz … [et al.]. Other Title: Art and antiquities dictionary. Publisher: Munchen : Weltkunst Verlag, c1982- ISBN: 3921669006
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  13. Dictionnaire polyglotte des termes d’art et d’archeìologie. Edition: [1. eìd.] /Reìau, Louis, 1881-1961 Publisher: Paris, Presses universitaires de France, 1953 and “Dictionnaire polyglotte des termes d’art et archéologie” , repr. 1977, orig. ed. 1953 If you look at the Metropolitan Museum’s Watsonline (their OPAC), you will find the full citation for both editions.
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  15. Elsevier’s Dictionary of art history terms: in French-English and English-French / compiled by Jean-Pierre Michaux = Elsevier’s dictionnaire des termes d’histoire de l’art : français-anglais et anglais-français / par Jean-Pierre Michaux. Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, c2005.
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  17. That sounds a lot like a pamphlet I used to use that was an aide for art catalogers. If you put dictionaries–polyglot‹art into WorldCat, you¹ll put up similar stuff.
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  19. online version of the IFLA dictionary: http://www.ifla.org/VII/s30/pub/mg1.htm
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  21. English-German dictionary, art history-archaeology = English-deutsches Wörterbuch für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie / von Mary L. Apelt. Published/Created: Berlin : E. Schmidt, c1987. Since the student is actually studying for a German exam, I’d recommend: M. Apelt, English-German dictionary: art history-archaeology (1982 and 1987). Out of print, but many libraries have it.
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  23. Dictionary of Translated Names and Titles, by Adrian Roon. French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian from “Aachen” to “Utopia.”

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