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Die Niederländischen Maler und Zeichner des 17. Jahrhunderts
Print Location: Art Ref. N 6936 .B47 Bd. 1-5 (German); ND 636 .B4315 vol. 1-3 (English)
by Walther Bernt.
- Over 900 artists
- Essentially a corpus due to the large number of reproductions                  
Vol. 1-3 translated into English as The Netherlandish painters of the seventeenth century.  Art Ref. ND 636 .B4315, vols: 1-3

Enciclopedia del Museo de Prado
Print Location: Art Ref. N 3450 .E53 2006, vols. 1-6
- Primarily biographical entries for the artists represented in the Prado’s collection
- Useful indexes in the last volume 
Illustrated Dictionary of 17th Century Flemish Painters
Print Location: Art Ref. ND 669 .F5 M34 1994 vols. 1-3
- By Jan de Maere  
- Biographies followed by bibliographies and selected list of works 

Lives of the Illustrious Netherlandish and German
Print Location: Art ND 625 .M313 vols. 1-6
- By Carel van Mander
- First published as Het Schilderboek in 1604
- Biographies of Northern European painters many written during their lifetime
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Niederländisches Künstler-Lexikon auf Grund Archivalischer Forshungen Bearbeitet
Print Location: Art Ref. N 6952 .W9 1994 vols. 1 - 2 (vol. 3 "supplement")
by Alfred von. Wurzbach. 
- The standard biographical dictionary of Dutch and Flemish artists
- Somewhat out-of-date but better coverage of printmakers. 
- Vol. 3 covers anonymous artists & monogrammists

Painting of the Golden Age: A Biographical Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century European Painters
Print Location: Art Ref. ND 456 .G43
- By Adelheid M. Gealt   
- Approximately 300 artists
- Useful indexes and appendices


Art Full Text (1984 to date) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Indexes 350 art magazines and journals covering 
pre-history to contemporary art.  There is some full-text from 1995 to date.

Indexes the Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984) Restricted Resource
Indexes 350 art magazines and journals covering 
pre-history to contemporary art. 

Indexes the Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin
ARTstor Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Over 1 million images selected to support research and teaching in art history from pre-history to contemporary media. The quality of images may vary.

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) (1975-2007)
Index to more than. 1,200 North American and European journals covering Western Art from the Late Christian (ca. 300 CE) to the present.
Succeeded by International Bibliography of Art

International Bibliography of Art (2008 to date) Restricted Resource
Indexes 500 “core” journals covering European art since antiquity, American art since the Colonial period, and Global art since 1945.

Preceded by the Bibliography of the History of Art

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Indexes academic journals covering the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) primarily in Europe.
Dates of Coverage: 1859 to date
JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;  recent volumes (within 2 to 5 years) not available for many titles.


Concise Encyclopedia of the Italian Renaissance
Print Location: Main Library & Art Ref. DG 533 .C563 c.2
  • c.1320 - c.1600
  • Culture broadly defined
  • Glossary of Italian terms
  • Bibliography of principal Italian reference works
  • Maps
  • "Tables of succession"
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Encyclopedia del Museo de Prado
Print Location: Art Ref. N 3450 .E53 2006 t. 1-6
Under the overall direction of Francisco Calvo Serraller and Miguel Zugaza Miranda, the articles within this monumental publication are written by a large group of some 130 international scholars.  Not only an encyclopedia devoted to the Prado itself, most of the volumes are organized into alphabetically arranged biographical entries for the artists represented in the Prado’s collection.  Each of the biographical entries in volumes II-VI include a list of the works in the Prado’s collection by the artist, as well as bibliographic entries.  The two larges indexes in volume VI include an alphabetical list of  artists’ biographies, exhibitions from 1902—2004, masterworks (drawing, sculpture and painting), and an Index of Proper Names, found in volumes II—VI. 
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Encyclopedia of Sculpture
Print Location: Art Ref. NB198.E53 2004 vols.1-3
Covers sculpture from around the world, ancient to modern, with an emphasis on the west and works from the Renaissance and after.  Most entries are by sculptor, but there are scattered summary articles on broad topics (ex: “Native North America”).  Entries for classical sculpture may be listed under the popular name of the work (Venus de Milo) or the artist; when in doubt consult the “Alphabetical List of Entries at the front of volume one.
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Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
Print Location: Main Ref. CB361 .E52 1999 vols. 1-6
Renaissance (1350 – 1650) in Italy and Europe.
 (1350 – 1650)   Entries cover subjects and important people and are brief to several pages long.
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French Sculptors of the 17th and 18th centuries: The Rein of Louis XIV
Print Location: Art Ref. NB546.S6813 vol. 3
Souchal's illustrated catalogue attempts to comprehensively cover all sculptors of 17th and 18th century France. Additionally, Souchal strives to list every known work by every artist, providing illustrations whenever possible. Entries for both artists and their works include minimal text but extensive bibliographies. Souchal has gathered in one place a tremendous amount of information and is a great resource for identifying basic scholarship and sources in this sometimes overlooked medium. There is a detailed index at the end of each volume; errors and omissions are included in the Appendix. 
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Grove Art Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images

Most comprehensive art encyclopedia available in English; Excellent bibliographies; Covers art broadly defined (traditional & new media, decorative arts, performance, dance, ritual, jewelry, etc.) worldwide from pre-history to the present.

note: Part of Oxford Art Online, a suite of four art encyclopedias
Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance Restricted Resource
Print Location: Main Reference CB 361 .C27 2003

Renaissance Art and Architecture
Print Location: Art Ref. N 6370 .C32 2004
Campbell begins his dictionary with a 25 page Introduction providing an overview of the Renaissance arranged by media (art, architecture and gardens respectively).   This is followed Thematic Index is a useful digest of key terms, locations and people arranged in “themes” (under “drawing and painting” is a listing of techniques and terms found in the dictionary proper). 
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World's Master Paintings : From the Early Renaissance to the Present Day: A Comprehensive Listing of Works by 1,300 Painters and a Complete Guide to their Locations Worldwide.
Print Location: Art Ref. ND 40 .W75 1992 vol.1&2
This index is useful to establish locations of particular paintings and find works on particular subjects (by using title index). In addition, brief artist bibliographies and a few relevant bibliographic citations are provided. Don't be fooled by the subtitle--this double volume set is not international; only artists from Western Europe, the United States and Scandinavia are included, along with the locations of their works all over the worold. Vol. I has an index of painters and substantail section devoted to Painters and Paintings, arranged chronologically and subdivided by country. Vol. II has a section devoted to locations of works and institutions and an index of titles. Though Wright compiled a comprehensive listing, his short biographies tend to be highly opinionated, often with qualitative judgements about the artist's relevance or skill enmeshed with factual biographical information; caution is advised.
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Barockthemen: Eine Auswahl von Verzeichnissen zur Ikonographie des 17. und 1
Print Location: Art Ref. N6415.B3 P5 1974 Bd. 1-3
 o  Iconographic themes common in Baroque art and the artists who depicted them
o  Both religious and secular (profane) subjects
o  Many abbreviations (explained in vol. 1)

Baroque Art: A Topical Dictionary
Print Location: Art Ref. N 6415 .B3 E18 1996
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Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections.
Print Location: Art ND611.F73
Arranged by artist with detailed subject indexes, Jan de Maere's census is useful for many types of research, especially iconography and locating reproductions of works. The prevalence of Christian saints in Italian art means this title is also useful for Hagiography.  Entries note works by the artist, collections that own specific works and citations to reproductions in books and journals. 
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Encyclopedia of Themes and Subjects in Painting
Print Location: Art Ref. ND1288.D3 1971
A dictionary of "the most common recurring subjects in European painting from the early Renaissance to the mid-19th century"
Essays explain popular historic, mythological and religious narratives

Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler in vier Bänden [Paintings of the Rembrandt School in 4 volumes.]
Print Location: Art ND 646 .G45 1983 vol. 1 - 6
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Iconography of the Counter Reformation in the Netherlands: Heaven on Earth
Print Location: Art Ref. N7953.A1K71 1974 vols.1-2 Resource contains images

Italian Prints (ICONCLASS Indexes)
Print Location: Art Ref. NE659 .S82 1987 vols. 1-4
An iconographic index to the Italian prints described by Adam von Bartsch in his Le Peintre-Graveur (Art Green Ref. NE 90 .B2 1920) and reproduced in The Illustrated Bartsch (Art Image Collection NE 90 .B23 I4).
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Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1990s
Print Location: Art Ref. NX 650 .M9 R45 1993
- Lists occurances of Greek and Roman mythological figures in 30,000+ western european and north american visual and performing arts
- Late Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century
- Entries briefly describe the mythological figure or theme, note classical sources, and chronologically notes its appearance in the fine arts, music, dance and literature

Rembrandt and His School
Print Location: Art Ref. ND 646 .L38 2000 vols. 1-6
An iconographic index to the subjects depicted in the work of Rembrandt and his followers.
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Renaissance Art: A Topical Dictionary
Print Location: Art Ref. N6370.E27 1987
Irene Earls provides two useful dictionaries that cover the subjects, iconography and themes found in Renaissance and Baroque art (i.e., painting, sculpture and decorative objects).  Renaissance and Baroque Schools (a.k.a. styles), techniques, and media are covered as well.
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Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen, 1300-1450.
Print Location: Art Library & Art Oversize NC255 .D35
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Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings
Print Location: Art Ltd Acc. Oversize ND 653 .R4 C638 1982 vols. 1-5

Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard: An Illustrated Catalogue Raisonné of the Work of Peter Paul Rubens Based on the Material Assembled by the Late Dr. Ludwig Burchard in Twenty-Six Parts.
Print Location: Art ND 673.R9 C63 pts. 1 -
o Definitive catalogue raisonné of Rubens' work
o Attempt to assemble all Ruben’s scholarship in one place
o Arranged thematically, each vol. is by a noted scholar

Critical and Historical Corpus of Florentine Painting
Print Location: Art ND621.F7O37 sect. 3 vol. 1-sect. 4 vol. 1
A monumental work, fundamental for research in early Florentine painting, the Corpus attempts to list every painting in each period covered, with impressive scholarly material including the history of the work, condition and an extensive bibliography.  Each work is reproduced in black and white including details.  Supplementary volumes update earlier ones, so each must be checked.  Complemented by Richard Fremantle's Florentine Gothic Painters From Giotto to Masaccio: A Guide to Painting in and Near Florence 1300 to 1450.
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DIAL: A Decimal Index to the Art of the Low Countries.
Print Location: Art Ref. Z697.A8N47 1968
The Decimal Index of the Art of the Low Countries (DIAL) is a collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings, prints and paintings from the photographic archive in the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie reproduced in black and white on approximately 14,000 index-sized cards.  (The cards are located in the filing cabinet across from the Art Library photocopier.)  DIAL is arranged by subject, placing each artwork in a large hierarchy according to a modified "Iconoclass" system.  This arrangement allows one to study Dutch and Flemish reproductions by subject, the unique and significant contribution of this collection.  Cards note the artist's name, the medium, dimensions, and the work's location.  There is no index to artists' names.  There are two books that aid use of the card file -- the Alphabetical subject index (Art Ref. Z 697 .A8 N47 Index) and the Abridged Iconclass system (Art Ref. Z 697 .A8 N47).  The Abridged  Iconclass system lists the subject headings in the order they appear in the drawers.  The alphabetical subject index takes all those subject headings and puts them in one alphabetical list.
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Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings, and Woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700
Print Location: Art Image Collection NE663 .H6 vols.1-10
Hollstein provides a comprehensive list of Dutch and Flemish printmakers and their works.  Entries include brief biographies, literary references, and illustrations.  Arrangement is by artist and then general subjects. Complements and updates The Illustrated Bartsch (Art Image Collection NE 90 .B23 I4) for Dutch and Flemish prints.  Updated by The New Hollstein  (Art Image Collection NE 667 – NE 670).
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German Engravings, Etchings, and Woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700
Print Location: Art Image Collection NE663 .H6 vols.1-10
Hollenstein provides a comprehensive list of German printmakers and their works for the period 1400-1700. Entries include brief biographies, literary information, and illustrations. Arrangement is by artist and general subjects. Complements and updates The Illustrated Bartsch (Art Image Collection NE 90 .B23 I4) for Dutch and Flemish prints.  Updated by The New Hollstein  (Art Image Collection NE 667 – NE 670).
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Gutenberg Digital Resource contains images
The year 2000 marks the 600th anniversary of the birth of Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of letterpress printing in the west. To celebrate this anniversary, the State and University Library of Lower Saxony presented its priceless vellum Gutenberg Bible on the Internet.  All 1282 pages of the two volumes of the Bible were scanned in at high resolution and processed for online presentation allowing access to a priceless work heretofor only viewed a few pages at a time during exhibitions.  The Göttingen Library also owns the “model book” – a visual reference used by those decorating manuscripts -- referred to by those illuminating the Göttingen Bible.  This allows comparisons between the models used and the final images created for the Bible.
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Historical Art Index, AD 400-1650: People, Places, and Events Depicted
Print Location: Art Reference N8210.R6 1989
A unique tool used for locating historical images in art.  Historic events, people and places are arranged alphabetically; beneath each is listed works of art that depict the subject, the artwork's location, and citations for reproductions of the piece.
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Illustrated Bartsch
Print: Art Image Collection NE 90 .B23 I4 vols. 1-7
A subset of prints available in ARTstor
     In his magnum opus, the 21 volume Le Peintre Graveur (1803 - 1821),  Adam von Bartsch systematically catalogued the prints in Vienna's Imperial Print Room by schools and artists (rather than subject alone) the first time it had been done on such a scale.  Bartsch also distinguished original works from copies.  Bartsch's list gives us a snapshot of European printmaking at the end of the 18th c.  He included German, Netherlandish and Italian artists living from 1400 – 1700, about 500 artists in all.  
     The Illustrated Bartsch reproduces prints from Bartsch's original list; it also updates and corrects his catalog and provides scholarly commentary.  When completed the 175 volume set will provide reproductions for all 20,000 European prints discussed in Adam von Bartsch's  Le Peintre Graveur.  Supplementary volumes are also being produced for artists omitted by Bartsch and a few active after his death.  Each volume of The Illustrated Bartsch is organized into two parts: a “Picture Atlas” and its corresponding “Commentary." The former reproduce the prints described by Bartsch and the latter provide detailed entries for each print.  The prints in the Picture Atlases correspond to Bartsch's work in organization and entry numbers.  (Please note that some Picture Atlases ack a Commentary volume.)
     The Illustrated Bartsch
is updated by Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings, and Woodcuts ca.1450-1700; The New Hollstein Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700  and German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts ca.1400-1700.
     Since Bartsch is arranged by school it’s important to use the photocopied "Index To The Illustrated Bartsch" by Elizabeth Seybolt shelved with the set.  The print edition includes subject indexes at the end of many volumes.  Additional ICONCLASS  indexing of the prints is available through Dutch Prints (Art Image Collection NE 667 .S8 1994), Italian Prints (Art Image Collection NE 659 .S82 1987), and Early German Prints (Art Image Collection NE 651 .L386 1995).
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Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: A List of the Principal Artists and their Works With an Index of Places.
Print Location: Art 759.5B45ItF vols. 1-2
Bernard Berenson, the noted Renaissance connoisseur and scholar, created  this series covering all known paintings of the Italian Renaissance.  His original works have been revised and illustrated several times, this edition being the most recent.  Each artist is listed with their dates and teachers followed by their works arranged alphabetically by the name  of the city where housed.  An important collection for the study of Renaissance art.  A companion to Berenson's The Italian painters of the Renaissance
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Joconde: French museum collections Resource contains images
Objects  from 140+ museums across France
Images for works in the public domain (over 50%)
Select "avec image" for records with images
Allows sophisticated subject searching (in French)
New Hollstein Dutch And Flemish Etchings Engravings And Woodcuts 1450 1700
Print Location: Art Image Collection NE 663 .H6 vols. 1-10 Resource contains images
- Updates and expands Hollstein's Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings, and Woodcuts, ca 1450-1700 (Art Image Collection NE 663 .H6)
- The New Hollstein: 
   Has more illustrations and text, though it covers a more limited number of artists. 
   Refers to text and images in its predecessor and in
The Illustrated Bartsch (ARTstor and Art Image Collection NE 90 .B23 I4) 
note: Various publishers, 1993 -
Rembrandt's etchings, an illustrated critical catalogue
Print Location: NE 2054.5.R4 W45 vols. 1-2
o   Essential; integrates earlier scholarly catalogs
o   Includes the 375 entries in The Illustrated Bartsch
o   Vol. 2 (plates) has at least one image for each of Rembrandt’s known 397 etchings

Renaissance Collections in ARTstor Resource contains images
“ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Our community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates." ARTstor covers many time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture.  Users can search, view, and download images.

Museums & Galleries

Gemälde in Deutschen Museen: Katalog der Ausgestellten und Depotgelagerten Werke (Paintings in German Museums: Catalogue of Exhibited Works and Depository Holdings)
Print Location: Art Ref. N 2210 .S27 2002 Bd. 1 - 10
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Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY Resource contains images
Objects and related material from the permanent collection
Large number of high quality digital images
Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed Before c. 1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom
Print Location: Art ND 450.W74 1976
This title lists artists and the museums that own their work. It also includes citations to museum catalogs in which specific works are included.

Primary Sources

Artists on Art, from the XIV to the XX Century
Print Location: Art 704.92G581A.2 c.3, 7-8
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Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture known in the Renaissance
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
The Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance is an interdisciplinary research database containing documentation centering on the reception of antiquity, a focus of Renaissance studies.  Registered are the antique monuments known in the Renaissance together with the related Renaissance documents in the form of texts and images, and related information about locations, persons and periods as well as bibliographic data.  The Census is a useful tool of research, not only in the field of art history and archaeology, but also for any discipline focusing on the afterlife of the antiquity.”  Use this imagebase with Bober and Rubenstein ( Renaissance Artists & Antique Sculpture: A Handbook of Sources. Art Ref. NB 86 .B6 1986).
Documentary History of Art Series
Print Location: Vol. 1-2: Art N5303 .D6 1981; Vol. 3: Art N5303 .D6 1986
Translationed excerpts from original sources including letters, journals and essays.  Each selection is preceded by a brief biography of the author.
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Literary Sources of Art History; an Anthology of Texts from Theophilus to Goethe
Print Location: Art 709H742L c.4
Translations of excerpts from original sources including letters, journals and essays.  Each selection is preceded by a brief biography of the author. 
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Patrons and Artists in the Italian Renaissance
Print Location: Art N6915 .C4413 1971 c.1-2
A carefully selected collection of extracts from documents providing a good introduction to the various types of archival materials used to research Italian Renaissance art.  The author documents patronage and the working practice of artists with letters, contracts, extracts from books of payment, etc.  All documents are translated.
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Renaissance Artists & Antique Sculpture: A Handbook of Sources
Print Location: Art Ref. NB 86.B6 1986
Bober and Rubenstein's work Includes text and images on 200 ancient sculptures known to Renaissance artists. See also The Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance database for reproductions of the works discussed in Bober and Rubenstein.  
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Sources and Documents in the History of Art: Italian Art, 1400-1500
Print Location: Art N6915.I78 c.1-3
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Sources and Documents in the History of Art: Italy and Spain, 1600-1750
Print Location: Art N 6916 .E5
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Sources and Documents in the History of Art: Northern Renaissance Art, 1400-1600
Print Location: Art N6370.N67 1989 c.1-c.2
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Timelines & Chronologies

Timeline of Art History Resource contains images
- A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art 
- illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.
- Global coverage
- Prehistory to 1800 A.D. and growing
- Authored by the Met's curatorial, conservation and education staff
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