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Hall, James

    Full Name: Hall, James

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1918

    Place Born: Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK

    Home Country/ies: United Kingdom

    Subject Area(s): iconography, symbolism (artistic concept), and symbols


    Amateur art historian and author of Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art. Hall worked in various aspect of book publishing between 1946-72. In 1972 he became a the director of book production services company. His most famous book, a Dictionary of Subject and Symbols in Art first appeared in 1974. The book was subsequently translated into many eastern and western languages. In 2005 he published a biography of Michelangelo.

    Selected Bibliography

    Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art. New York: Harper & Row, 1974; A History of Ideas and Images in Italian Art. New York: Harper & Row, 1983, revised, Ehresmann, Julia M. The Pocket Dictionary of Art Terms. 2nd ed. London: Murray, 1980; Michelangelo: Slave to the Flesh and Bone. London: Chatto & Windus, 2005


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    "Hall, James." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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