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Art History

Online and Print Resources for Art History Research


Research in Print

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The Dictionary of Art. New York: Grove, 1996.

The place to start your search for art information. 34 volumes with around 41,000 articles containing bibliographies authored by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries. It is the standard reference for art information. Start with the Index volume - #34!!! 
Hayden Reference N31 .5.1996

Encyclopedia of World Art. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959-1983.

The standard of its time it is still a valuable reference source. 17 volumes, including supplemental volumes, containing some 20,000 articles. Many extended entries with bibliographies written by leading experts. Extremely well illustrated with full page high quality plates. 
Hayden Reference/Architecture Reference/West Stacks N31 .E533

The New Encyclopedia Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1994.

The print version is on the dictionary and encyclopedia Table 1A in Hayden Reference A E5 .E363 1994 

General Bibliographic Sources

Balay, Robert, ed. Guide to Reference Books,11th ed. Chicago: ALA, 1996.

While this source is concerned with the entire universe of information, pages 648 to 713 covers art, architecture, design and applied arts. 
Hayden Reference/West Reference Z1035.1 .S43

Blazek, Ron, and Aversa, Elizabeth. The Humanities: A Selective Guide to Information Sources. 4th ed. Englewood, Co.: Libraries Unlimited, inc., 1994.

A handy guide for the world of the humanities, it contains an excellent section on the visual arts. 
Hayden Reference/West Reference AZ221 .B53x

Selected Art Specific Bibliographic Sources


Arntzen, Etta and Rainwater, Robert. Guide to the Literature of Art History. Chicago: ALA, 1980.

Comprehensive guide to more than 4000 reference and research items concerned with art history. Each item is annotated. It is divided into four sections: I. General Reference Sources; II. General Primary and Secondary Sources; III The Particular Arts; and IV. Serials. 
Hayden Reference/West Reference N 380 .A7x

Ehresmann, Donald L. Fine Arts: A Bibliographic Guide to Basic reference Works, Histories, and Handbooks, 3rd ed. Littleton, Co.: Libraries Unlimited, 1990.

Annotated guide to more than 2000 items separated into two parts: Reference Works and Histories and Handbooks. 
Hayden Reference/West Reference N 5300 .E36x

Raish, Martin, ed.; Pat Ensor, series ed. Key Guide to Electronic Resources: Art and Art History. Medford, N. J.: Information Today, Inc., 1996.

Hayden Reference NK 192 .K48

Bibliography and Research Methodology 

Jones, Lois S. Art Information and the Internet: How to Find it, How to Use it. Phoenix,AZ: Oryx Press,1999.

This state of the art guide is divided into three sections: I. Basic Information Formats; II. Types of Web Sites and How to Find Them; III. How to Use and Supplement Web Information. Much more than a directory of important art sites on the Internet, this guide introduces the reader to methodolgies that one may employ to find, evaluate and augment information on art found on the Internet with traditional resources of informaion.

Hayden Reference/Architecture Reference/West Stackes N59.J66 1999

Jones, Lois S. Art Information: Research Methods and Resources, 3rd ed. Dubuque, Ia.: Kendall/Hunt, 1990.

Annotated guide to about 19,000 items organized in three sections: A. Methodology; B. Bibliography of Research Sources; and C. Research Centers. In addition this resource conveniently provides French, German, and Italian to English dictionaries of art history terms and Multiple glossaries and a discussion of subject specific terminology. 
Hayden Reference/West Reference N85 .J64x

Kleinbauer, W. E., and Thomas Slavens. Research Guide to the History of Western Art. Chicago: ALA, 1982.

Organized into two parts. The first part is a survey of the field by a noted art historian and the second part is an annotated list of major reference works. 
Hayden Reserve N380 .K56

Muehsam, Gerd. Guide to Basic Information Sources in the Visual Arts. Santa Barbara, Ca.: Jeffrey Norton Publishers/ABC-CLIO, Inc., 1978.

A collection of bibliographic essays commenting on and evaluating 1045 examples from the literature of art history. Part I which deals with "Core Materials" in a series of essays that emphasize research methodology. Part II is concerned with "Periods of Western Art." The author discusses pertinent examples of art historical literature with in the context of period styles. In part three the author concentrates on "Art Forms and Techniques." Here the author discusses architecture, painting, sculpture and so on. Part IV focuses on "National Schools of Art", that is  the literature of the art of the Americas, Europe, Oriental Art and Primitive, Tribal Art of Africa, North America Indian, and Oceania. While this source seems at times somewhat dated it is still one of the best examples of the literature of art discussed in the form of bibliographic essays. 
Hayden Reference N7425 .M88>

Biographical Sources

Thieme, Ulrich, and Becker, Felix. Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Kunstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart unter Mitwirkung von 300 Fachgelehrten des in- und Auslandes. Leipzig: Engelmann, 1907-1950.

Hayden Reference N40 .T4

Vollmer, Hans. Allgemeines lexikon der bilden Kunstler des XX. Jahrhunderts. Leipzig: Seamann, c1953-1962.

Hayden Reference N40 .V6

Benezit, Emmanuel. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous pays. Paris: Grund, 2nd ed., c1948-1955.

Hayden Reference N40 .B47 1948 
Reprint(?) 1976.
 Hayden Reference N40 .B47 1976

McNeil, Barbara ed. Artist Biographies Master Index. Detroit: Gail,1996.

Hayden Reference - Biography Table N40 .A78

Freitag, Wolfgang.Art Books: A Basic Bibliography of Monographs on Artists. 2nd ed. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1997.

Hayden Reference N40 .F73x 1997 

Classical Sources


Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). Zürich: Artemis, 1981-. 7 vols.; 14 parts. 
Hayden Reference  N7760 .L49 1981 
This multivolume set "is designed to give account of the present state of knowledge about the iconography of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman mythology from after the Mycenaean period to the beginning of the early Christian." Each volume is issued in two parts, one of text, the other of plates. It is the most comprehensive source of information about the depiction of classical myths in ancient art.


Specialized Biographical Sources


African American

Cederholm, Theresa Dickason. Afro-American Artists: A Bio-bibliography Directory. Boston: Boston Public Library, 1973.

Hayden Reference N6538 .N5C42

Igoe, Lynn Moody and James Igoe. 250 Years of Afro-American Art: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: R.R. Bowker Co., 1981.

Hayden Reference N6538 .N5I36x

Riggs, Thomas, ed. St James Guide to Black Artists. Detriot: St James Press, 1997.

Hayden Reference/West Reference N 40 .S78 1997.

Thomson, Dennis. The Black Artist in America: An Index to Reproductions. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1991.

Hayden Reference N6538 .N5T46

St. Louis Public Library. Black American Artists Index. St. Louis: St. Louis Public Library, 1972.

Hayden Reference/West Reference N6538 N5s2x

Hispanic/Latin American

Bailey, Joyce Waddell, ed. Handbook of Latin American Art: A Bibliographic Compilation. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 1984.

Hayden Reference/West Reference N6502 .H36x

Findlay, James A. Modern Latin American Art: A Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983.

Hayden Reference/West Reference N6502.5 .F56x

Sanjurjo, Annic, ed. Contemporary Latin American Artists: Exhibitions at the Organization of American States 1965-1985. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow press, 1993.

Hayden Reference/West Reference N6502.5 .C66 1993

Sanjurjo, Annic, ed. Comtemporary Latin American Artists: Exhibitions at the Organization of American States 1941-1964

West Reference N6502.5 .C659 1977

Native American

Graham, Mary and Carol Ruppe, eds. Native American Artists Directory. Phoenix: The Heard Museum, 1985.

Hayden Reference/Hayden Arizona N6538 .A4G7x

Lester, Patrick D., ed. The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters. Tulsa: Sir Publications, 1995.

Hayden Reference/West Reference/Hayden Liabiola/Hayden Arizona Historical Foundation N6536 .L47x


Anderson, Janet A. Women in the Fine Arts: A Bibliography and Illustration guide. Jefferson, N. C.: McFarland & Co. Inc., 1991.

Hayden Reference N8354 .A63X 1991

Clement, Clara Erskine. Women in the Fine Arts: From the Seventh Century B. C. to the Twentieth Century A. D. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1904. New York,: Hacker, 1974.

Hayden Reference N 43.W3 1974

Chiarmonte, Paula. Women Artists in the United States: A Selective Bibliography and Resource Guide on the Fine and Decorative Arts, 1750-1968. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1990.

Hayden Reference N6536 .W65x 1990

Dunford, Penny. A Bibliographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Europe and America since 1850. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990.

Hayden Reference/West Reference N6757 .D86 1990b

Gaze, Della. Dictionary of Women Artists. London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997.

Hayden Reference N8354 .D53 1997

Heller, Jules and Nancy G. Heller, eds. North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995.

Hayden Reference N6503 .N67 1995

Petteys, Christ. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists born before 1900. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1985.

Hayden Reference N43.P47 1985

Piland, Sherry. Women Artists: An Historical, Contemporary and Feminist Biography. 2nd ed. Metuchen, N. J.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1994.

Hayden Reference N8354 .B32x 1994

Prather-Moses, Alice Irma. The International Dictionary of Women Workers in the Decorative Arts: A Historical Survey freom the distant Past to the Early Decades of the Twentieth Century. Metuchen, N. J.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1981.

Hayden Reference HD 6069.P7

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