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Schedule a Research Appointment with the Art Librarian

Writing resources for Art History
 webguide (including information about the Art Writing tutors in the Art Library)

Finding Primary Sources in OBIS

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Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM)
See our Allen Memorial Art Museum web guide for information about:
  • Catalogs of the AMAM collection
  • Locating AMAM publications in OBIS
  • Searching the Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin In Art Full Text (1984 - present) & Art Index Retrospective (1929 - 1984)

Art web guides by period or culture
The Allen Memorial Art Museum collections cover many periods, cultures and media. The resources in this guide are useful for researching many – but not all -- of the objects in the museum. Please see the other Art Library Research Guides for more focused resources:
Fact Checking: Dates, Names, Places
Union List of Artists' Names (ULAN)  - For alternate names and spellings
Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) - For place names and their variants
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY - Includes images
Images
Museums with online collections
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY
British museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Artcyclopedia: The Guide to Great Art Online
- Searches only art-related websites, (ex: museums, galleries, artists, etc. )
- See also useful list of “museums with fine art collections and an online presence”
- 9,000 artists, 2,900 web sites, 160,000 links (as of Dec 2012)

 ARTstor Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Over 1 million images selected to support research and reaching in art history from pre-historical to contemporary media.

Joconde: French museum collections
From the Joconde main menu select Recherche avancée 
- "object files" from 140+ museums across France
- images provided for works in the public domain (over 50% of records)
- Select "avec image" for records with images
- allows sophisticated subject searching (in French)

The Art Book
Art Ref. N 40 .A775 1994
- Great way to quickly see a wide variety of western art 
- Each page is a full color reproduction of a work of art
- Bottom of every page: very brief text about the artist & references to similar styles and movements
- 500 artists from medieval to modern times
- For a similar treatment of twentieth-century western art, see The 20th-Century Art Book (Art Ref. N 6490 .T85 1996).  

All Items by Source Type

Biographical Sources

Dictionary of Artists (a.k.a. "Benezit") Some full text available
The most comprehensive artist biographical dictionary available in English, covering 5 B.C. to the present.  Also available in print: OBIS record 
Index to artistic biography (a.k.a. "Havlice")
Print Location: Art Ref. N 40 .H38 (1973; 1981; 2002)
- Indexes 265 biographical dictionaries published from 1902 - early 2000s in three editions (1973, 1981 & 2002)
- identifies biographies of over 2,000 artists
- Excludes artists covered in Benezit (Art N 40 .B47; 1960-66 ed.), Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (Art N 40 .B94 1903a), Thieme-Becker (Art N 40 .T4) and Vollmer (Art N 40 .T412)
OBIS record
Who's Who in the Classical World Restricted Resource
  • Ancient biography
  • Greek and Roman history, politics, literature, philosophy, science, and art 
  • Longer entries explain major historical and cultural themes in antiquity, centered round individuals

Encyclopedias

Grove Art Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Most comprehensive art encyclopedia available in English; useful for scholarly overviews and excellent bibliographies. 
note: Part of Oxford Art Online, a suite of four art encyclopedias
Who's Who in Classical Mythology.
Print Location: Art Library Reference, BL 715 .G68 1993

Who's Who in the Classical World Restricted Resource
  • Ancient biography
  • Greek and Roman history, politics, literature, philosophy, science, and art 
  • Longer entries explain major historical and cultural themes in antiquity, centered round individuals

Iconography

Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art. (Hall)
Print Location: Art Library Reference, N 7560 .H34 2008
Themes common in western art in the Renaissance period and later; particularly useful for classical and Christian themes.  Includes persons and personifications; objects and attributes; and well known narratives (e.g., The Raising of Lazarus).
Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1990s
Print Location: Art Ref. NX 650 .M9 R45 1993
Identifies Greek and Roman mythological figures in 30,000+ western European and north American visual and performing arts from 1300-1900. OBIS Record
Who's Who in the New Testament
Print Location: Art Ref. BS 2430 .B67 1993
OBIS record
Who's who in the Old Testament Together with the Apocrypha
Print Location: Art Ref. BS 570 .C64 1993
OBIS record

Images

ARTstor Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Over 1 million images selected to support research and reaching in art history from pre-historical to contemporary media.

Primary Sources

Early Greek Myth: A guide to Literary and Artistic Sources
Print Location: Art Ref. BL782.G34 1993
OBIS record

Perseus Project Resource contains images
Includes a large database of images (coins, vases, sculpture), Greek and Latin texts and translations, resources for textual studies, and English word searches of the texts.
OBIS record

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