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ART_HIST_250: Introduction to European Art: (Fall20: Randolph): General Art Resources

A word about the Browse feature and Online Access

At the very top of the library's Advanced Search page is one of the catalog's least-known features, the Browse option. Each book in the catalog has several subject terms assigned to it, which help delineate that book's coverage. Using the Browse option lets you search the catalog by those subject terms, using different controlled vocabularies. This allows you, in effect, to search by what a book is actually about, rather than hoping to find that term in a general search result.  The advantage is focus: Browse results are books associated specifically with those subject terms, while the same basic search from the library home page will simply return every result with those terms in it, requiring you to weed out extraneous items. You'll still have to consider your Browse results carefully, but it will be much, much easier.

The current reality has made research challenging, especially in a discipline like art history which depends so heavily on the physical book and image. The HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. They are currently offering online access to many of the physical titles in our catalog, which should make your research a little easier in view of the restrictions on library access. When searching the catalog, look for the link that says "Check HathiTrust for access to full text." By following that you'll be able to "check out" a digital version of the title. Loan periods are relatively short but can be renewed, and you cannot download or print the text, but it allows for remote access to texts that otherwise might not be available.

The texts, journals, and other sources listed on the following pages should not be thought of as comprehensive; it would be impossible to list all of the library's relevant resources on this or any topic. Rather, they should be considered as examples of scholarship that can help you find your own way and guide your own research.

Jheronimus Bosch
Funny head and monster (Tête marante et monstre )
pen on paper
before 1516
11 cm x 6.2 cm 
Musea Brugge-Groeningemuseum 

The resources listed here are intended as basic introductions to Western art during the Renaissance and Baroque. If you are unfamiliar with the period, or with art history as a discipline, they can provide basic information and a firm footing from which you can explore topics in greater detail.

General Art Resources

The Heilbrun Timeline of Art History

The Heilbrun Timeline of Art History is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art In New York. As its name suggests, it is a chronological examination of art that considers different artistic periods, geographies, and themes to present a contextualized picture of the role art has played throughout history. Essay and image work together in creating a multimedia presentation that utilizes items from the museum's collection.

Google Arts & Culture

Explore collections from around the world with Google Arts & Culture, created by Google Cultural Institute. Say what you will
about Google, this is a nicely curated site that makes a lot of great art that much more accessible.

Italian Renaissance Learning Resources

Part of Oxford Artonline, The IRLR features eight units, each of which explores a different theme in Italian Renaissance art. This project is a collaboration between the National Gallery of Art and Oxford University Press’s acclaimed Grove Art Online. It was made possible through the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and developed by Sandbox Studios.

For researchers and students:

  • Authoritative coverage of  major themes in Italian Renaissance art provides an essential introduction to this broad subject
  • Easy to navigate and robust linking program promotes further research
  • 42 primary source texts offer additional support and context
  • Over 300 stunning images provide visual support to the content
  • 300 glossary items offer additional insight and clarification for terms and artists

The Khan Academy Guide to the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe
The Khan Academy Guide to Baroque and Neo-Classical Art in Europe

Khan Academy is an online learning platform using both text and video. The information tends to the more general than the academic, but it is a useful resource in which to explore themes in different media and from different perspectives.