These are great resources for finding background information on an artist, topic, or historical period.
- Grove Art Online (Oxford)
Also includes the Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
Entries for artists, media, countries, and more.
Extensive bibliographies are usually included.
- Contemporary Artists Index
A master index to contemporary group exhibition catalogs.
- The Union List of Artists Names Online, Getty Research Institute
The ULAN is a structured vocabulary containing more than 225,000 names and biographical and bibliographic information about artists and architects, including a wealth of variant names, pseudonyms, and language variants.
- Contemporary Artists Reference N6490 .C6567 2002
- Artist biographies (search PacifiCat for the LAST name of the artist, and add “and biograph?” to the search.)
Key General Overviews
- Art History Resources on the Web A site that links to information by historical period and by geographic area. A project of Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe of Sweet Briar College.
- Timeline of Art History
The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.
- The Oxford Companion to Western Art
Reference – N33 .O923 2001
- An Introduction to music and art in the Western world
NX447 .I58 1991
- Gardner’s Art Through the Ages
N5300 .G25 1996
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
- Oxford Dictionary of Art (via Oxford Reference Online)
Also available in print: Reference – N22 .O93 2001
- The Hutchinson Dictionary of Symbols in Art
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