Reference Sources
Books & Exhibition Catalogs
Articles & Reviews
Primary Sources
Additional Sources

Reference Sources



Barnet. A Short Guide to Writing about Art. 2008. HumRef N 7476 .B37 2008

Jones. Art Information: Research Methods and Resources. 1990. HumRef N85.J64 1990

Pointon. History of Art: A Student's Handbook. 1997. HumRef N380.P56 1997

Sayre. Writing About Art. 2009. HumRef N 7476 .S29 2009

Wyman. Looking and Writing: A Guide for Art History Students. 2003. N 5303 .W97 2003



Adams. A History of Western Art. 2005. HumRef N 5300 .A33 2005

Adams. Art Across Time. 2007. HumRef N 5300 .A3 2007

Gardner's Art Through the Ages. 2005. HumRef N 5300 .G25 2005

Honour and Fleming. The Visual Arts: A History. 2002. HumRef N 5300 .H68 2002

Janson's History of Art. 2007. HumRef N 5300 .J3 2007

Stokstad. Art History. 2008. HumRef N 5300.S923 2008

Wilkins. Art Past Art Present. 2005. HumRef N 5300 .W64 2005



Arntzen and Rainwater. Guide to the Literature of Art History. 1980. HumRef N380.X1 A74

Marmor and Ross. Guide to the Literature of Art History 2. 2005. HumRef NX 380 .X1 M37 2005

Freitag. Art Books: A Basic Bibliography of Monographs on Artists. 1996. HumRef N40.X1 F75 1996

Robinson. Fine Arts Periodicals: An International Directory of the Visual Arts. 1991. HumRef N1 .R62x

Worldwide Bibliography of Art Exhibition Catalogues, 1963-1987. 1992. 3 vols. HumRef N4396.X1 W6
The website is a great resource for locating exhibition catalogs



Benezit. Dictionary of Artists. 14 vols. HumRef N 40 .D5213x 2006

Cerrito. Contemporary Artists. 1996. HumRef N6490.C6567 1995b

Havlice. Index to Artistic Biography. 1973. 2 vols. HumRef N40.H38

Hillstrom. Contemporary Women Artists. HumRef N 8354 .C66 1999

Thieme-Becker. Allgemeines Lexikon des Bildenden Kunstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. 1907-50. 37 vols. HumRef N40.T47x

Vasari. Lives of the Painters, Sculptors, and Architects. 1996. 2 vols. HumRef N 6915 .V322513 1996

Vollemer. Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler der XX Jahrhunderts. 1953-62. 6 vols. Supplements Thieme-Becker. HumRef N40.V6



Atkins. Art Spoke: A Guide to Modern Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1848-1944. 1993. HumRef N6447.A85 1993

International Dictionary of Art and Artists' Art. 1990. 2 vols. HumRef N31.I58x 1990

Nelson and Shiff. Critical Terms for Art History. 2003. HumRef N 34 .C75 2003

Pierce. From Abacus to Zeus: A Handbook of Art History. 2004. HumRef N 33 .P5 2004

Walker. Glossary of Art, Architecture and Design Since 1945. 1992. HumRef N34.W34 1992



Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale. 1958-. 7 vols.+ Suppl. HumRef N31.E48

Encyclopedia of World Art. 1957-68. 16 vols. HumRef N31.E533

Grove Art Online (See Database List A-Z)
Print version: Grove's Dictionary of Art. 1996. 34 vols. HumRef Index Table N31 .D5 1996

Oxford Reference Online: Art & Architecture (See Database List A-Z)
Links to: A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, The Oxford Dictionary of Art, A Dictionary of Modern Design, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, The Oxford Companion to the Garden, The Oxford Companion to the Photograph, The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance, A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art, The Oxford Companion to Western Art.

Praeger Encyclopedia of Art. 5 vols. HumRef N 33 .P68



Clapp. Sculpture Index. 1970. 2 vols. in 3. Index Table - HumRef NB36.C55

Havlice. World Painting Index. HumRef ND 45 .H38 (HumRef Index Tables)

Parry. Print Index: A Guide to Reproductions. 1983. HumRef NE 90 .P17 1983  (HumRefIndex Tables)

Rochelle. Mythological and Classical World Art Index: A Locator of Paintings, Sculptures, Frescoes, Manuscript Illuminations, Sketches, Woodcuts and Engravings Executed 1200 BC to AD 1900, with A Directory of the Institutions Holding Them. 1991. HumRef N 7760 .R63 1991 (HumRef IndexTables)




Colnaghi's Dictionary of Florentine Painters from the 13th to the 17th Centuries. 1986. HumRef ND621.F7 C5

Maere. Illustrated Dictionary of 17th Century Flemish Painters. 1994. 3 vols. HumRef ND666.M326x 1994q

Wright. The World's Master Paintings: From the Early Renaissance to the Present Day, a Comprehensive Listing of Works by 1,300 Painters and a Complete Guide to Their Locations Worldwide. 1992. 2 vols. HumRef ND40.W75 1992



Bober and Rubenstein. Renaissance Artists & Antique Sculpture: A Handbook of Sources. 1986. HumRef NB 85.B63 1986

Bruneau. Sculpture: The Great Art of the Antiquity from the 8th century BC to the 20th Century. 1996. 4 vols. HumRef NB 60 .S38x 1996

Watson-Jones. Contemporary American Women Sculptors. 1986. HumRef NB 212.W37 1986



Andresen. Der deutsche peintre-graveur: German graphic artists cataloged from 1560 to 1800. 1969. 5 vols. HumRef NE 651.A6 1969

Ludman. Fine Print References: A Selected Bibliography of Print-related Literature. 1982. HumRef NE 850.X1 L82 1982

Mason. Old Master Print References: a Selected Bibliography. 1986. HumRef NE 625.X1 M34 1986

Portalis and Beraldi. Les Graveurs du dix-huitieme siecle. 1880, 1970. 3 vols. HumRef NE 480.P66


Books & Exhibition Catalogs


  • Books, exhibition catalogs, and museum catalogs located in the Lee Library are indexed in the Library Catalog. You can search by artist's name, artistic style, time period, country or nationality, museum or gallery name, or any combination of keywords. Art books are cataloged according to the Library of Congress Subject Headings, and are mostly classified according to:
medium. ex: painting, sculpture, drawing
nationality. ex: art, english--19th century; art, european--17th century; sculpture, american; painting, french
genre. ex: landscape painting; portrait painting
time period (century). ex: art--21th century; art, german--19th century
style. ex: art, baroque; art, renaissance
  • Exhibition Catalogs have subject headings for the name of the artist, subject, style, and museum or gallery where the exhibition took place. Use the keyword "exhibitions" and the artist's name or topic. (ex: matisse and exhibitions)
  • Museum Catalogs are cataloged by the name of the museum and the subdivision "catalogs" in the subject field. (ex: Guggenheim and catalogs)
  • Catalogue raisonnes (catalogs of an artist's works) have the subdivision "catalogue raisonne" in the subejct field. (ex: Picasso and catalogue raisonne)


For a more comprehensive search of materials on your topic, be sure to search the online catalogs of other libraries. Worldcat is a large database containing records of other research and museum libraries. You can order the books you need online, free of charge. Books will be shipped to the Lee Library and checked-out to you through the Interlibrary Loan services.


Articles & Reviews

In order to find journal/ magazine articles in visual arts, you need to search your topic in a periodical index. See the Library Subject page"Art & Art History."

For a list of current print journal subscriptions in the Lee Library, see the tab "Visual Arts Journals" in the subject page for "Art & Art History."


Primary Sources

  • Art in Theory, 1815- 1900. N 6450 .A779 1998
  • Art in Theory, 1900-2000. N 6490 .A7167 2003
  • Artists on Art: From the XIV to the XX century. N 79 .G57
  • Twentieth-century Artists on Art. N 6490 .A79 1985
  • Sources and Documents in the History of Art Series (13 titles)
  • Documents of Twentieth Century Art Series (New York, NY)
  • Vasari, Giorgio. Lives of the Artists. N 6922 .V3513
    (search a=vasari and genre = electronic books for e-book)


1. Finding books from the time period you're writing about:

  • Search the Library Catalog by SUBJECT and limit by date of publication. Ex: s=architecture and pub year= 18??

2. Finding treatises, letters, diaries, interviews, autobiographies:

Search the Library Catalog under AUTHOR (last name, first name). Ex: Durer, Albrecht.

Common subject terms that indicate primary sources:
personal narratives
complete works
early works to 1800

Search the terms above with other keywords. Example: art and history and (sources or document$)


Additional Resources

Depending on your topic, there will be additional resources which are not listed above. These include microfiche sets, art sales catalogues, videos, etc. For more information, consult the Humanities Reference Desk, level 5.


Special Sets

Bartsch, Adam von. The Illustrated Bartsch. 1978- . Vols. 1-164.
The art works catalogued in Bartsch are indexed in the Index Iconologicus (see call number and description in the Microfiche Sets section) and in the Iconclass Indexes listed below. The classification system used is the "ICONCLASS." HumRef NE90 .B213
This is now available online, through ARTstor (Databases A-Z List)

Iconclass Indexes: Dutch Prints. 1994-. HumRef NE667.I27x 1994
Iconclass Indexes: Early German Prints. 1995-. HumRef NE651.L386 1995
Iconclass Indexes: Italian Prints. 1987-. HumRef NE659.I28x

Hollstein. German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts. 1954-. vols. 1-26A. HumRef NE651.H6


Microfiche Sets

Index Iconologicus. 1980.
Comprehensive microfiche index of over 60,000 bibliographic references and illustrations of art works from 1250 to 1940. Indexes art works published in Bartsch's Le Peintre Graveur, The Illustrated Bartsch, and other bibliographic sources. HumRef Desk N5300.X1 M53x

Index of Ancient Art and Architecture: Monuments of Greek and Roman Cultural Heritage in the Photographic Collection of the German Achaeological Institute in Rome. (2,714 microfiches + guide)
Microform/Genealogy N 5615.I634 (level 2) Guide Microform/Genealogy Reference: N 5615.I634x 1991

Marburger Index: Photographic Documentation of Art in Germany. 1976-1996.
Photographs owned by the Bildarchiv Foto Marburg and the Rheinisches Bildarchiv in Cologne, taken between 1850 and 1996. Material covered dates from the Middle Ages to the present, including western and non-western art, architecture, sculpture, prints, and decorative arts owned by German museums, churches, and institutions. About 1 million images in 13,000 microfiches. CD-ROM Index and microfiches at the Humanities Reference Desk.


Art Sales Catalogs

The Art Sales Index. 1984- present. HumRef N8670.A66 (latest 5 years in HumRef, earlier eds. in stacks)

Meyer. International Auction Records. 1967- present. HumRef N8640.I5 (latest 5 years in HumRef, earlier eds. in stacks) Now online in

SCIPIO (Art & Rare Book Sales Catalog). Online.

The Lee Library receives weekly catalogs of Sotheby's auction sales. They are cataloged in NK570.S47x, by geographical location of auction house (New York, Los Angeles, etc.).

Other annual auction catalogs include:
Christie's Review of the Season. 1972-present. N 8640 .C52 C49
Sotheby's Art at Auction. 1987-present. N 8640 .A5
Gordon's Print Price Annual. 1981-1993. HumRef NE1. G67