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VIS 1102:Historical Survey Western Art

Books in the Main Stacks

Ackere, J.E. van. (1972). Baroque & classic art in Belgium. Brussels: M. Vokaer N6966.A3413

Berenson, B. (1952). The Italian painters of the Renaissance. New York: Phaidon. ND615.B55 1952

Careri, G. (2003). Baroques. Princeton, NJ Princeton University. N6415.B3 C3613 2003

Maguire, H. (1981). Art and eloquence in Byzantium. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University. N7852.5 .M34

Murray, P. (1963). The art of the Renaissance. New York: Praeger. N6370.M97

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Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • Citation of Sources
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  • Turnitin
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  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of world art. (1959–87). New York: McGraw-Hill. Comprehensive and authoritative encyclopedia which contains extensive bibliographies and illustrations. International in scope, with emphasis on schools and movements by country and period. One half of each volume consists of plates that coincide with the articles in the first half. Excellent image source. Volumes 16 and 17 are supplements. ‘’‘Reference N31 .E4833 vol. 1–15 (1959–1968), 16(1983), 17(1987) ‘’‘ Honour, H., & Fleming, J. (1995). The visual arts: A history. (4th ed.). New York: Abrams. Text surveys the history of world art from “before history” to the end of the twentieth century. The text is presented in a historical as well as an aesthetic context. Reference N5300 .H68 1995

Janson, H.W., & Janson, A.F. (1997). History of art. (5th ed.). New York: Harry N. Abrams. One-volume survey of the history of Western art in historical, stylistic, and cultural analyses. ‘’‘Reference N5300.J3 1997 Brookhaven Reference N5300 .J3 2001 (6th ed.)’‘’

Janson, H. W. (1985). 19th Century sculpture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. One-volume study of sculpture from 1776–1905 and its role in establishing the Neoclassic aesthetic. Text contains 321 photographs. Includes bibliographies based on geographical areas as well as individual artists. Reference NB197.3.J36 1985

Kemp, M. (Ed.). (2000). The Oxford history of Western art. New York: Oxford University Press. Western art history is classified according to five major changes of historical development rather than the conventional linear survey of changing styles (i.e. Renaissance, Baroque, etc.). Text covers art history from 600 BC to 2000 AD with a focus on European Art. Reference N5300 .O96 2000

Pierce, J.S. (1995). From Abacus to Zeus: A handbook of art history. (5th ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. Terminology and iconography with reference to specific works of art and illustrations keyed to the fifth edition of Janson’s History of Art. Reference N33.P5 1995

Redford, D.B. (Ed.). (2001). The Oxford encyclopedia of ancient Egypt. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc. Text covers the full social, political, religious, cultural and artistic legacy of 5,000 years of Egyptian civilization. Topics include art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court. ‘’‘Reference DT58 .O94 2001, vols. 1–3 ‘’‘ Ross, L. (1996). Medieval art: A topical dictionary. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Text is a quick reference to topics, stories, symbols, and themes frequently represented in early Christian, Western Medieval, and Byzantine art. ‘’‘Reference N7850 .R67 1996 ‘’‘ Roberts, H.E. (Ed.). (1998). Encyclopedia of comparative iconography: Themes depicted in works of art. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. This encyclopedia examines themes and associated iconography found in biblical, mythological, and literary texts in historical and comparative contexts. Reference N7565 .E53 1998, vol. 1–2

Strieter, T.W. (1999). Nineteenth-century European art: A topical dictionary. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Survey of major European art movements, works, themes, people, and events covering the period from 1789–1914, presented with a historical view of developments in Europe. Entries include description of works and the context in which they were created. Includes bibliographical references. Reference N6757 .S77 1999

Tansey, R.G., & Kleiner, F.S. (2001). Gardner’s art through the ages (11th ed.). Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers. Authoritative survey of history of world art that covers the Stone Age, ancient Near East, ancient Egypt, prehistoric Aegean, ancient Greece, Asian, Etruscan, ancient Rome, late antiquity, Byzantium, Islamic, American, African, Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic. ‘’‘Reference N5300.G25 1996 Brookhaven Reference N5300.G25 2001, vol. 1–2′’‘

Turner, J. (Ed.). (1996). The dictionary of art. New York: Grove’s Dictionaries. Comprehensive coverage of the history of visual arts worldwide. Includes analysis of styles, schools, groups and movements, as well as emphasis on the forms, themes and subject matter of art. Coverage extends to architecture, decorative arts, and photography. Biographical entries include brief bibliographies for further reading. Volume 34 is an index. Also available online. Reference N31 .D5 1996, vol. 1–34

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American Artist

Art Bulletin

Art in America

Art Journal

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Web Sites

American Memory from the Library of Congress
Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture, American Memory is organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, their subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to the Library of Congress.

Art & History of the U.S. Senate
Official government resource is rich in photographs and historical/biographical information. Listings for exhibits, paintings, sculpture, graphic arts and oral histories can be found here.

Art History Resources On The Web
Maintained by Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe, Sweet Briar College. Art historical resources by period, with links to image resources.

A commercial site providing a comprehensive index of artists represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and online resources.

An online magazine covering contemporary fine arts, with some coverage of the decorative arts. Access to exhibition, gallery, auction and museum listings.

Big Art Mob - Free & Open Images of Public Art
The Big Art Mob is a collective effort to create the UK’s first comprehensive survey of Public Art. It’s based entirely on photos from the camera phones of art-lovers. It aims to record for posterity the wealth of artworks in public places nationwide and serve as the focus of a dynamic national conversation.

Brooklyn Museum of Art
Brooklyn Museum of Art home page includes information about collections, current exhibitions, Museum news, competitions, and directions to the Museum. Highlights include the Museum's blog and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
About 3,500 objects—fifty highlights from each of the Museum's curatorial departments as well as the entire department of European Paintings—can be searched by artist, period, style, or keyword.

Mother of All Art History Links Pages
Links to universities, museums, and art history research resources. Maintained by Patrick Young, Department of Art History at the University of Michigan.

Museum of Modern Art
This site presents highlights from the Museum's extensive collections. Areas include Architecture and Design, Drawings, Film and Media, Painting and Sculpture, Photography, and Illustrated Books.

New York Public Library: Art History Research Guide
NYPL provides extensive support for any researcher of an art period, movement, artist, or individual work of art. A step-by-step approach to understanding the process and finding useful information. Well worth exploring.

Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution's "Explore and Learn" page for Art and Design leads to countless resources. Select an artistic field, region or culture, and find extensive imagery, online exhibits, archive access, research databases and more.

Steven Spielberg's Jewish Film Archive
Contains a searchable catalog as well as a dedicated section to the Holocaust. Created in conjunction with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Art History Research Center
Links to universities and museums for art history resources. Maintained by Leif Harmsen, Concordia University.

The Center for Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts in New York City promotes "the traditional crafts of bookmaking" via classes, exhibitions, lectures, and various events throughout the year.

The Cloisters
Metropolitan Museum of Art guide to The Cloisters, including the Cloisters' floorplan and an overview of its collections.

The Frick Collection
This site provides a virtual tour of its collection of Western paintings, sculpture, and decorative art as well as a link to its library.

The History of Art Virtual Library
Interdisciplinary links for the study of art history and computer applications maintained by the History of Art Department of Birkbeck College, University of London.

The Louvre Museum, Paris
View major works, by country and time period, online.

The National Gallery, London
The entire National Gallery permanent collection and long-term loans are illustrated and described in the collection online.

The Tate Museum, London
The Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 and of international modern art. All works can be found on this site, each with its own information page.

Union List of Artist Names
The Union List of Artist Names, from the Getty Research Institute, contains names and associated information about artists.

Voice of the Shuttle: Art and Art History
Information on museums, exhibits, and auctions, maintained by Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Welcome to Artlex
A dictionary of art terms, pronunciation notes, and quotations.

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