Art (Reference Items)

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Art Reference Items

The following are recommended Reference titles available from Steely Library

  • These are suggestions only and do not reflect the full range of materials that may be useful to you.
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  • Dictionary of Art
    REF N 31 D5 1996
    34 volumes. A "unique guide to all the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, drawing, printmaking, as well as the decorative arts. The Dictionary ranges far both geographically and historically; it features unparalleled coverage of Africa, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Mongolia, China, India, the Islamic world, Japan, Korea, Native North America, Pacific and Aboriginal Australia, Pre-Columbian America, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Ancient Near East, and Ancient Rome. Providing depth as well as breadth, The Dictionary of Art examines important art forms and key issues of design, taste, function, and patronage, illuminating them in light of the cultural context in which they developed." (Publisher)
  • The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History
    REF N 5300 .F64 2000
    "This volume seeks to present an interdisciplinary approach to art history. It uses information from a number of fields, such as literature, psychology, history, geography, and economics, to give a cultural context to the changes in art. There are more than 1,500 alphabetically arranged entries, from very short (13 words) to substantial (several pages), encompassing such subjects as Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, the definition of plein air painting, and the use of tropology to study individual works of art." (
  • Encyclopedia of World Art
    REF N 31 .E533
    Truly a classic, this 17 volume set is "'a monumental encyclopedia' of virtually every kind of man-made object that is judged on its form or decoration. The articles, written by a variety of international scholars and specialists, fall into three broad categories: historical, conceptual and systematic; and geographical ... Many of the articles have become standard bibliographical references." (AbeBooks)

The Art Research Guide is maintained by Robert Zai III. Suggestions and comments are welcome.

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