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Books

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European Artists

This volume lists more than 4,800 European and 400 Australian, South African, and Japanese artists who worked from 1800 to 1990, and offers 9,000 signature examples. Five special categories in the back of this volume help to identify signatures that are difficult to read. In the front of this volume is a listing of 69 sources of information, which can also lead the researcher to more than 100 additional sources transcribed into key letters.
European Artists II

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms have become the standard reference source for galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. Whether used to identify, authenticate, or verify signatures and works of both well-known and little-known artists, Castagno's work has no equal. In the first volume of European Artists Signatures and Monograms, 1800-1990 (Scarecrow, 1990), Castagno provided identification for more than 4,800 artists' signatures, along with biographical information and reference sources. This second volume on European artists is a continuation of the identification of artists' signatures, with some 2,100 artists and 3,000 signature examples. In addition to the standard signature entries, the book features sections for monograms and initials, common surname signatures, alternative surname signatures, symbols, Cyrillic Signatures, and illegible signatures. Less than five percent of the entries in this volume are listed in the original volume and these are included to provide additional information about the artists. The use of European Artists II: Signatures and Monograms From 1800 provides the researcher a reference tool not duplicated elsewhere one that will save many hours of research.
European Artists III

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms have become the standard reference source for galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. "European Artists III: Signatures and Monograms From 1800, A Directory" features an additional 2,800 artists and signatures. In addition to the standard signature entries, the book features sections for monograms and initials, common surname signatures, alternative surname signatures, and illegible signatures. It provides the researcher a reference tool not duplicated elsewhere-one that will save many hours of research.
American Artists

Listing 5,100 artists, with nearly 10,000 signatures, Castagno gives approximately 25% more information about artists' full names and birth and death dates than any other directory; lists nearly 1,000 artists overlooked by the American Art Annuals; and includes many important 19th-century artists and notable late 20th-century artists omitted in other indexed directories. With 600 listings of prominent Canadian and Latin American artists, and 900 listings of monograms, pseudonyms, symbols, etc. that would be unidentifiable without the use of the book.
American Artists II

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms have become the standard reference source for galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. Whether used to identify, authenticate, or verify signatures and works of both well-known and little-known artists, Castagno's work has no equal. In the first volume of American Artists: Signatures and Monograms, 1800-1989 (Scarecrow, 1990), Castagno provided identification for more than 5,000 artists' signatures, along with biographical information and reference sources. This second volume contains some 3,500 artists and 4,600 signature examples. In addition to the standard signature entries, the book features sections for monograms and initials, common surname signatures, alternative surname signatures, symbols, Cyrillic Signatures, and illegible signatures. Less than five percent of the entries in this volume are listed in the original volume and these are included to provide additional information about the artists. The use of American Artists II: Signatures and Monograms From 1800, A Comprehensive Directory provides the researcher a reference tool not duplicated elsewhere one that will save many hours of research.
Artists as Illustrators

With more than 14,000 entries of nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists, this book is the most comprehensive international listing of artists as illustrators compiled to date. The entries include illustrators, sculptors, and fine art artists who have done illustrations for books, magazines, records, and posters. Biographical reference keys are provided with each entry. Approximately 4,000 of the listed artists are shown with a signature facsimile.
Artist's Monograms and Indiscernable Signatures

This is the first comprehensive book dealing solely with artists' monograms and signatures that are difficult to identify. This volume includes some 5,200 signatures of 3,700 artists worldwide, with information on nationality and the most up-to-date birth and death dates, and a broad listing of reference sources. The identities of artists who sign their work with monograms or indiscernible signatures are not common knowledge, and identification has always been a particular problem for researchers, collectors, dealers, and art and auction galleries. With special chapters for monograms and initials; symbols and oriental signatures; Cyrillics; illegible signatures/monograms/initials and Hebraic; alternate surname signatures; and common last name signatures.
Australian, British, and Irish Artists

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms have become the standard reference source for galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. Whether used to identify, authenticate, or verify signatures and works of both well-known and little-known artists, Castagno's work has no equal. Australian, British and Irish Artists: Signatures and Monograms From 1800, A Directory features some 2,625 artists with 3,850 signature examples. In addition to the standard signature entries, the book features sections for monograms and initials, common surname signatures, alternative surname signatures, symbols, and illegible signatures. The use of Australian, British and Irish Artists provides the researcher a reference tool not duplicated elsewhere one that will save many hours of research.
Jewish Artists

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms have become the standard reference source for galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. Whether used to identify, authenticate, or verify signatures and works of both well-known and little-known artists, Castagno's work has no equal. In this new volume, Castagno has collected more than 1,100 signatures and monograms of Jewish artists, as well as signatures of artists whose work reflects Jewish themes. In addition to the standard signature entries found in Castagno's other books, this volume features additional biographical information, providing a more complete profile of the artist and his or her work. All artists are listed with the most updated information on nationality, birth and/or death dates. The entries direct the researcher to many biographical and bibliographical sources not found on web site searches, and many of the resources offer additional references. Several individual listings provide gallery referrals and catalog auction dates, which can be used to buy or sell a particular artist's work. The use of Jewish Artists: Signatures and Monograms provides the researcher a reference tool not duplicated elsewhere: one that will save many hours of research.
Latin American Artists

In addition to the artists' signatures, each entry includes, if applicable, nationality, birth and death dates, key letters to a listing of reference sources, and the most recent auction results (if any) of the last twenty years. Most entries also include some of the following information: birthplace, schools, countries of work/travel, retrospective/solo/group exhibitions, awards, review and literature sources, and gallery agents.
Old Masters

Covers approximately 250 sales of Old Masters since 1980, with an average of five listings from each sale. There are 2,700 signature examples of 1,700 artists. Three sections following the main body of this volume offer the researcher easy cross-referencing monograms and initials, symbols, and alternate names. The appendix includes supplemental signature information on additional artists whose actual signatures were not available, but whose importance could not be omitted.
Old Masters II

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms have become the standard reference source for galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. Whether used to identify, authenticate, or verify signatures and works of both well-known and little-known artists, Castagno's work has no equal. In the first volume, Old Masters Signatures and Monograms, 1400-Born 1800, Castagno provided identification for some 2,700 signature examples of more than 1,700 artists. In this second volume, there are more than 800 artists listed, with more than 1,100 signature examples. In addition, this volume now treats artists from the early 19th century, thereby broadening the time period covered in the first volume. The use of Old Masters II: Signatures and Monograms, An International Directory provides the researcher a reference tool not duplicated elsewhere one that will save many hours of research.
Monograms and Indiscernible II

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms have become the standard reference source for galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. Whether used to identify, authenticate, or verify signatures and works of both well-known and little-known artists, Castagno's work has no equal. In the first volume of Artists Monograms and Indiscernible Signatures, An International Directory, 1800-1991 (Scarecrow, 1991), Castagno provided identification for more than 3,700 artists' signatures, along with biographical information and reference sources. This second volume contains some 2,100 artists and 3,000 signature examples. In addition to the standard signature entries, the book features sections for monograms and initials, common surname signatures, alternative surname signatures, symbols, and Cyrillic Signatures. Less than five percent of the entries in this volume are listed in the original volume and these are included to provide additional information about the artists. The use of Artists' Monograms and Indiscernible Signatures II: An International Directory From 1900 provides the researcher a reference tool not duplicated elsewhere one that will save many hours of research.
Monograms and Indiscernible III

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms have become the standard reference source for galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. Whether used to identify, authenticate, or verify signatures and works of both well-known and little-known artists, Castagno's work has no equal. In the first volume of Artists Monograms and Indiscernible Signatures, An International Directory, 1800-1991 (Scarecrow, 1991), Castagno provided identification for more than 3,700 artists' signatures, along with biographical information and reference sources. The second volume featured some 2,100 artists and 3,000 signature examples. This third volume contains more than 1,250 signatures of some 1,225 artists. In addition to the standard signature entries, the book features sections for monograms and initials, common surname signatures, alternative surname signatures, symbols, and Cyrillic Signatures. Less than five percent of the entries in this volume are listed in the first two volumes and these are included to provide additional information about the artists. The use of Artists' Monograms and Indiscernible Signatures III: An International Directory provides the researcher a reference tool not duplicated elsewhere one that will save many hours of research.
Abstract Artists

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms have become the standard reference source for galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. Whether used to identify, authenticate, or verify signatures and works of both well-known and little-known artists, Castagno's work has no equal. In this new volume, Castagno has collected the signatures and monograms of artists who have spent all or a part of their careers in abstract art painters, printmakers, sculptors, and photographers worldwide. This book features approximately 2,300 artists with more than 3,900 signature examples of how they sign their works. In addition to the standard signature entries, the book contains sections for monograms and initials, common surname signatures, alternative surname signatures, symbols, and Cyrillic signatures. This book also lists an additional 1,500 artists whose entry bears no signature. All 3,800 artists are listed with the most updated information on nationality, birth, and/or death dates. The entries direct the researcher to many biographical and bibliographical sources not found on web site searches, and many of the resources offer additional references. Several individual listings provide gallery referrals and catalog auction dates, which can be used to buy or sell a particular artist's work. The use of Abstract Artists Signatures and Monograms: An International Directory provides the researcher a reference tool not duplicated elsewhere one that will save many hours of research.
African, Asian, and Middle Eastern Artists

John Castagno's Artists' Signatures and Monograms have become the standard reference source for galleries, museums, libraries, and collectors around the world. Whether used to identify, authenticate, or verify signatures and works of both well-known and little-known artists, Castagno's work has no equal. In this new volume, Castagno has collected the signatures and monograms of artists from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East including signature examples of artists from China, India, Japan, South Africa, Israel, and many other countries. In addition to the standard signature entries, the book contains sections for monograms and initials, common surname signatures, alternative surname signatures, and symbols. All artists are listed with the most updated information on nationality, birth and/or death dates. The entries direct the researcher to many biographical and bibliographical sources not found on web site searches, and many of the resources offer additional references. Several individual listings provide gallery referrals and catalog auction dates, which can be used to buy or sell a particular artist's work. The use of African, Asian and Middle Eastern Artists Signatures and Monograms From 1800: A Directory provides the researcher a reference tool not duplicated elsewhere one that will save many hours of research.

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