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American Artists II

Signatures and Monograms

John Castagno

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.
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Scarecrow Press
Pages: 548Size: 9 x 11 3/8
978-0-8108-5895-4 • Hardback • May 2007 • $318.00 • (£210.00)
John Castagno is a multimedia artist and sculptor. He has been an art researcher for the past forty years and also lectures on art and on art as an investment. Mr. Castagno's recent books include Abstract Artists: Signatures and Monograms, An International Directory, Artists' Monograms and Indiscernible Signatures II: An International Directory, From 1800 (2007), and European Artists II: Signatures and Monograms, From 1800 (2007).
Library Journal, 9/1/2007

...highly recommended...
American Reference Books Annual, March 2008

This is a necessary reference for anyone interested in American arts. It is highly recommended and a great addition to the field of American art.
The Antiquer's Guide, July 2007

This volume features signatures and monograms of about 3,500 American artists, for use in identifying, authenticating, or verifying their works. They are listed alphabetically, date from 1800 on, and are compiled from many sources. Included are initials, common and alternative surname signatures, symbols, Cyrillic signatures, and illegible signatures. Very few of the artists listed in this volume are in the original volume, American Artists: Signatures and Monograms, 1800-1989. A small number of Canadian and Latin American artists are listed. In addition to the signatures, their birth and death dates and ethnicity are included, as are the source or sources from which the signature was found.
Reference and Research Book News, November 2007