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

Index of Christian Art Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Lists art objects, Christian or "within a Christian context"; 100 to 1400 CE; Worldwide but primarily the West    
Cathedrals & Monastic Buildings in the British Isles
Print Location: Art NA5461.C165 pt. 1-10
This series publishes works of sculpture and architecture in the public domain drawn from the photographic collections in the Witt and Conway Libraries of the Courtauld Institute, London.
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Chartress: Cathedral of Notre-Dame - Image Collection
"Chartres Cathedral is among the best preserved of the major French cathedrals, with extensive programs of sculpture and stained glass. It was a major site of pilgrimage in honor of the Virgin Mary, to whom the cathedral is dedicated." .... "This website provides access to a comprehensive collection of images and detailed descriptions of Chartres Cathedral."

Illuminated Manuscripts
Bodleian Library
With more than 10,000 volumes, the Bodleian Library's Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts has one of the greatest collections of Western Medieval manuscripts in the world and has digitized virtually all of the illuminated manuscript leaves from Bodleian manuscripts through the 16th century (1500s). Available from Oxford or via Artstor under Collections: "Manuscripts and Early Printed Books (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)"

British Library's Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
Use this website to find and view descriptions and images of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the British Library, one of the largest collections in the world.

CORSAIR: The Online Research Resource of the Pierpont Morgan Library
Use this database to search the holdings of the Pierpont Morgan Library, such as printed books, journals, music as well as museum objects such as illuminated manuscripts, drawings and prints, ancient Near Eastern seals, and art objects.

Digital Scriptorium
Use this database to search for Illuminated Manuscripts held in academic, research and public libraries in the United States. 

Enluminures: La Base Enluminures
Use this database to search over 120,000 images of more than 5000 medieval manuscripts owned by French municipal libraries. 

Mandragore, Base des Manuscrits Enluminés de la B.N.F
Use this database to search for illuminated manuscripts in the Bibliothéque Nationale's Department of Manuscripts and Library of the Arsenal, the oldest of which go back to the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs.  Searching is enhanced with over 8,000 descriptor (in French). 

Print sources
French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry:
Print Location: Art Library 759.4 M478FR; 759.4 M478F vol. 1&2;  ND3147.M38 1974  vol. 1&2

The Boucicaut master.
Art Library 759.4 M478FR 
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The late Fourteenth century and the patronage of the Duke. 
Art Library  759.4 M478F vol. 1&2
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The Limbourgs and their contemporaries.
Art Library ND3147.M38 1974  vol. 1&2
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Omne Bonum: A Fourteenth-Century Encyclopedia of Universal Knowledge: British Library MSS Royal 6 E VI-6 E VII.
Print Location: Main Oversize AE2.L463 S26 1996 vols. 1-2
A facsimile of a mid-14th century English encyclopedia
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Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in France
Print Record: Art Oversize ND3147 .S87 1996 pt. 1, vols. 1-2
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Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles
Print Location: Art Oversize ND3128.K35 vols 1-6 pt. 2
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Corpus de la Peinture des Anciens Pays-Bas Méridionaux et de la Principauté de Liège au Quinzième Siècle
Print Location: Art ND665.P66 vol.17-
Arranged by museum, each work has a separate entry, which includes artist, title, physical description, discussion of iconography, history of the piece (including provenance), copies/studies/etc., opinion of the author, an extensive bibliography including archival sources, a list of illustrations, and extensive black and white photos including details.
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Deutsche Malerei der Gotik
Print Location: Art Flat 736G572 vols. 1-4
Census of illuminated books and manuscripts in Germany. A summary English treatment of this text appears in Stange’s German painting, XIV-XVI centuries.
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Early Netherlandish Painting (English Translation)
Print Location: Art 759.949.3F913AE vol. 1 c.2-vol. 9 pt. 1
14-volume illustrated catalogue of the major Netherlandish artists, arranged by artist.  Excellent reference work, and great to flip through.
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Les Primitifs Flamands
Print Location: Art Library ND665 .P66 (I, 1951- ); ND 665 .P663 (II, v.1-5); ND 665 .P664 (III, v.1-  )
- Arranged by museum
- Includes index by work
- Entries include: artist, title, physical description, discussion of iconography, history of the piece (including provenance), copies/studies/etc., opinion of the author, an extensive bibliography including archival sources, a list of illustrations, and extensive black and white photos including details.
I.  Corpus de la Peinture des Anciens Pays-Bas Méridionaux au Quinzième Siècle. ND 665 .P66 (1951- present)
II. Répertoire des peintures flamandes des quinzième et seizième siècles. ND 665 .P663 vol. 1-5
III. Contributions à l'étude des primitifs flamands. ND 665 .P664, (v. 1 -  present)
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Sculpture (including metalwork & ivories)
Die Elfenbeinskulpturen
Print Location: Art Flat  736G572 vols. 1-4
This multi-volume work, a corpus of medieval ivories, contains many black and white reproductions throughout.  OBIS record

Emaux Meridionaux: Catalogue International de l'oeuvre de Limoges. [metalwork]
Print Location: Art Oversize NK5004.F8 G38 1987  t. 1
Corpus of medieval enamels which, when finished, should be quite extensive. Only one volume has been published so far.  OBIS record

Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Carvings in North American Collections
Print Location: Art NK5875 .R35 1993
Companion volume to: Masterpieces of ivory from the Walters Art Gallery (Art NK 5810.B3 W34 1985), a catalog of the Walter's ivory collection.  OBIS record

Gothic Ivories Project
Over 2,800 images (in 2012) of Gothic Ivory objects. "The Gothic Ivories Project, launched at the Courtauld Institute in October 2008, is an electronic catalogue bringing together images and information about Gothic ivories now scattered in collections around the world." Images are added regularly, and the project will ultimately contain images of 3500/4000 objects.

Gothic Sculpture in America
Print Location: Art NB180.G6 1989 vols. 1-2
An ambitious series which, when completed, will list all Gothic sculpture in American museums. Two volumes are completed to date. An index provides access by artist or originating culture.  OBIS record

Les Ivoires Gothiques Francais
Print Location: Art Limited Access Regular 736K818I plates, vols. 1-2
Volume 1 discusses different types of ivories and gives their date and provenance.  Volume 2 is a catalog of images. Both religious and secular ivories are included.  OBIS record

Romanesque Sculpture in American Collections
Print Location: NB175.C33 vols.1-2  OBIS record

Romanesque Sculpture of the Pilgrimage Roads
Print Location: Art 734P833  vol. 1 c.2-vol. 10 c.2
Beginning with 11th century examples, this multi-volume text provides in-depth descriptions of Romanesque sculpture along the pilgrimage route through France, Spain and Italy. Many volumes contain black and white reproductions.  OBIS record
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