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)
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

Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;  recent volumes (within 2 to 5 years) not available for many titles.


What: The combined catalog of the libraries of the German Art History Institutes in Munich, Paris, Florence and Rome. Why: Useful because it also indexes individual articles from the journals they subscribe to. Note: Indexing is not as thorough as BHA, but  Kubikat covers more publications and is more up-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 
Grove Art Online

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.

Grove encyclopedia of northern Renaissance art
Print: Art Lib. Ref. N 6370 .G76 2009 v. 1-3Essays from the Grove Art Online and the Grove Dictionary of Art are revised and supplemented with essays on Northern European art from the late 12th - 16th centuries.
Primary Sources
Sources and Documents in the History of Art: Northern Renaissance Art, 1400-1600.
Art N 6370 .N67 1989 

Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints Art Ref. BX4654.J334 1993 vols. 1-2
- Popular religious stories collected during the 13th century by Jacobus de Voragine (a.k.a Varagine)- Valuable for iconographic research, as the stories were widely used by Medieval and Renaissance artists- First published in Latin in 1275- Arranged chronologically by feast day
Douay-Rheims Bible
St. Jerome's Latin translation of the Bible, The Vulgate, is an important primary source as it was used throughout the Renaissance.   The Douay-Rheims is the English translation closest to the Vulgate.
Print: Art Reference BS 180 2002
Bible and the Saints Art Ref BS 513.2 .D8313 1994
- 500+ Christian saints, biblical characters and scenes with attributes
- Symbolism of plants, religious objects, personifications, numbers, and animals (real & imaginary)
- Name & phrase variants in major European languages

The Catholic Encyclopedia
Constitution, doctrine, discipline and history of the Catholic Church  From the 3rd c. A.D. to the present  Includes saints and religious orders  Describes practices, objects, rituals, etc. 

Iconography of the Counter Reformation in the Netherlands: Heaven on Earth Art Ref. N7953.A1K71 1974 vols.1-2
Encyclopedia of Themes and Subjects in Painting 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 narrativesMyth & Religion in European Painting, 1270-1700: The Stories as the Artists Knew Them Art Reference ND1288.B47 1973b
- Stories of 850 common subjects in European painting- Mythology, ancient history, Italian poetry, saints' lives, and the Bible- Many entries quote extensively from original ancient sources, providing the reader with the texts familiar to European painters of these centuries.
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