The Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon follows on from its predecessors, the standard art history works Thieme-Becker (published in 37 volumes from 1907 to 1950) and Vollmer (6 volumes, 1953--1962), both rich in tradition. The AKL is accompanied by a CD-ROM edition (published twice a year) and index editions, covering all entries, long before the completion of the AKL. After each ten volumes come indexes by country and artistic occupation. The Künstlerlexikon der Antike (Dictionary of Artists of the Ancient World) is a useful supplement, including, for the first time, all artists of ancient times known by name.The Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (AKL) is the most extensive, up-to-date an...d authoritative art-history reference work on artists. Artists from all over the globe and throughout the ages from antiquity to the present are recorded in this major encyclopedia. It contains not only painters, sculptors, and architects, but gives equal weighting to sculptors in marble, restorers, and calligraphers, or craftsmen, to name but a few of the many hundreds of artistic professions found in the AKL. For each volume around 4,000 artist biographies are compiled and four volumes are published each year.Every entry offers the following clearly structured information:Names of the artist, including all variations of the names by which he or she was known. These variations can be found again under their own entry, cross-referenced back to the main entry. Pseudonyms, maiden names, or names previously wrongly-attributed are deciphered.Dates of birth and death of the artist and distinguishing art historical characteristics.Information regarding the influence of this artist on his or her cultural environment.A selection of the artist?s works with their locationsA selection of exhibitions on the artist.Detailed lists of the artist?s autobiographical and other writings.An extensive bibliography including details such as other reference works in which entries for this artist can be found, unprinted sources or those not available through the book trade, such as exhibition catalogues.A signatory which refers to the name of the author (respectively, the editor) at the end of every entry.Indexes of editors, authors, and the lexicon?s international advisory board, instructions for the user, and various indexes of abbreviations are included at the front of each volume.No comparable work exists whose information on artists throughout the world and from every age is as extensive, up-to-date, and authoritative as that in the Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: The standard work on art history for scholars, students, librarians, gallery owners, auctioneers, collectors and for all those interested in the world of art.