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
Timeline of Art History - Includes images
Searching OBIS
Use both Keyword and Subject searches to identify key search terms and headings
Search for the keyword Rome by itself
since both Italy -- Rome and Rome (Italy) are used
  Primary sources: Early works to 1800; Sources; To 1500; To 1800; etc.     
  Search for both the century and the style: Baroque; 16th century; 17th century; Renaissance; Medieval; 20th century; etc.
  Architecture and monuments: Conservation and restoration; Pictorial works; Details; Designs and plans; Guidebooks; Decoration and ornament, Architectural; etc.
  Building types and structural components: Church architecture; Church decoration and ornament; Harbors; Doorways; etc.
  Sites, neighborhoods, and regions: City planning; Gentrification; Urban renewal; Urban planning; Maps; Urban planning & architecture
All Items by Source Type


Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Restricted Resource
Indexes architecture and related fields, from pre-history to contemporary practice, in over 2,500 international journals.  Architecture of North & South America, Europe, Asia, & Australia. Allows searching by type of drawing (plans, sections) & image type (interior photograph).
Dates of Coverage:  1930s to date (with a handful of titles indexed back to the 19thc.0

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 Medieval Bibliography Restricted Resource
Indexes international scholarship covering the Middle Ages in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Dates of Coverage: 1967 to date
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.


Dictionary of the Middle Ages
Print Location: Main D 114 .D45 1982 vol. 1 – 10

- Guide to all things medieval

- Bibliographies

OBIS record
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.
OBIS record
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
Historical dictionary of Baroque art and architecture
Print Location: Art Lib. N 6415.B3 Z57 2010
- Rome, the cradle of Baroque art, attracted artists and architects from Italy and Europe 
- Over 500 entries on sculptors, architects, patrons, other historical figures, and events                  [fr the publisher]

La grande enciclopedia di Roma
Print Location: Art Ref. DG 804 .G67 2000
Sub title translates loosely as:  characters, curiosities, monuments, history, art and folklore of the Eternal City from its origins to the year two thousand
Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance Restricted Resource
Print Location: Main Reference CB 361 .C27 2003

Visual Dictionary of Architecture
Print Location: Art Ref. NA 31 .C44 1995 Resource contains images
OBIS record
65 basic concepts (such as brick, church, history, joinery, moisture control, membrane, window, etc.) with detailed illustrations 


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.
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