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This guide can help with research in the Visual Arts.

Notable Resources

Some recent arrivals and notable resources for work in the visual arts:

Bibliography of the History of Art


Whitney Biennial (2010) 

Online scholarly catalogues from the Art Institute of Chicago

Background Information

These are great resources for finding background information on an artist, topic, or historical period.

Online Resources:

Print resources:

  • Grove Dictionary of Art Reference N31 .D5 1996
    Entries for artists, media, countries, and more. Extensive bibliographies are usually included.
  • 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

Online Resources:

  • Artcyclopedia
  • 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.
  • Mother of all Art History Links page
    A Web gateway to art history departments, research resources, online visual collections, art museums, online exhibits, and more. From the University of Michigan.
  • 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.

Print Resources:

  • 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

Online Resources:

Print Resources:

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