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Art & Art History: Reference

Key databases and links for doing research in art and art history

Consulting a Reference Source

What do you already know about the subject? Save time by first finding some basic, accurate information such as:

  • Spelling variations of an artist's name, or of a place (e.g., Greek v. Roman)
  • Time period(s), or dates of birth, death, activity, etc.
  • Geographic locations/regions

Dictionaries, biographical dictionaries, encyclopedias, gazetteers, or other reference books are often a good place to find brief, authoritative information. Such basic tools often can lead you to other credible sources, such as articles or books that are cited in their bibliographies or footnotes.

Printed Reference Sources

Some key reference sources do not have an electronic version but are still available in printed volumes. [Call numbers refer to AFA Library Reference collection, unless noted otherwise.]

  • Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale (EAA) All entries in Italian. Seven base volumes, plus six supplements. Heavily illustrated, with extensive bibliographies. N31.E48 Reference
  • Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). Mostly in French, but some entries in English, German, or Italian. Iconography or study of images of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman mythology. Part one contains bibliographies, with corresponding plates in part two. N7760 .L49 1981 Reference
  • Sir Banister Fletcher's  A History of Architecture.The 'classic' survey of architectural history with hundreds of illustrated examples. NA200.F63 1996 Reference

Key Reference Sources for Art & Art History

Open Access Reference Sources

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