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A guide to research in Art.
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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      While some of the resources in this guide are freely available, most research databases and electronic journals and many online library services have access restrictions that require that you be a current Washington University student, faculty member, or staff member. See this page for help.


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      Online Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

      • Oxford Art Online
        Extensive surveys and in-depth, signed full-text articles on the history of art written by noted scholars. Includes: Grove Dictionary of Art and Benezit Dictionary of Artists.

      • Oxford Reference Online
        Art & Architecture dictionaries and encyclopedias, including
        •Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art
        •The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
        •A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art
        •A Dictionary of Modern Design
        •The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art
      • Clara Database of Women Artists
        Open access resource from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Provides authoritative information on over 18,000 women artists.
      • African American Visual Artists Database
        Open access resource from Tufts University. Provides biographical information, bibliography, exhibition records, and public collection holdings for more than 10,000 African-American artists.
      • Arts+Architecture ProFiles (AAP) in Arts: Search
        Arts+Architecture ProFiles (AAP) - Biographical dictionary of modern designers, craftspeople, artists and architects
      • Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts
        Contains over 3,000 articles of decorative arts production in western and non-western cultures over thousands of years. The historic uses of diverse materials are included, art forms and styles defined, and the history of decorative arts are discussed.
      • Getty Vocabularies
        Getty Vocabularies contain a growing structured terminology for art, architecture, decorative arts and other material culture to be used by catalogers and researchers to enhance access to databases and Web sites.

      Art Reference - Print (No Online Equivalent)

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      Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon - Günter Meissner; K.G. Saur Verlag Staff (Contribution by)
      Call Number: Art Reference N40 .A63
      ISBN: 9783598227400
      Publication Date: 1991-01-01

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      Art books : a basic bibliography of monographs on artists - Wolfgang M. Freitag, ed.
      Call Number: Art Reference Z5938 .F73 1997
      ISBN: 0824033264
      This work contains monographs, catalogue raisonnes, and exhibition catalogues for each artist listed.

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      Artist's handbook of materials and techniques
      Call Number: Art Reference ND1500 M3 1991

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      Encyclopedia of comparative iconography : themes depicted in works of art - Helene E. Roberts, ed.
      Call Number: Art ReferenceN7560 .E53 1998 v. 1-2
      Encyclopedia of themes depicted in artworks from the classical period to the 20th century. Entry on "Expulsion" details in part the visual narrative of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, as depicted in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Excellent resource for researching the use of a theme in a work of art.

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      Guide to the Literature of Art History 2 - Max Marmor, Alex Ross
      Call Number: Art Reference Z5931 .M374 2005
      ISBN: 0838908780

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      Modern arts criticism : a biographical and critical guide to painters, sculptors, photographers and architects from the beginning of the modern era to the present - Joann Prosyniuk, ed.
      Call Number: Art Reference N6489 M63 v. 1-4
      Artists from the 19th and 20th century are profiled in this reference work. Includes biography, brief criticism, and bibliography for each artist.

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