Architecture is inhabited sculpture. – Constantin Brancusi
With thousands of years of source material, art historical research can seem intimidating at first, particularly if you're new to the field, or simply unsure of where to begin. In those cases, general reference materials and other broad-based resources can act as access points for more specific research concepts. They can provide concise introductions to a wide range of art historical topics, while helping construct a framework for further exploration.
Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online is a digital gateway to several excellent sources for information about art and art history. Included are:
Also included in Oxford Art Online are several Oxford dictionaries and short encyclopedias on the following topics:
The Gale Virtual Reference Library
Bibliographies can be very useful in collecting a group of information resources on a particular topic, Resources collected and published as bibliographies have the added benefit of being recommended by an expert in the field, though they may not include the most recent publications. Library catalogues are good sources for comprehensive searches of the literature.
Oxford Bibliographies: Art History
Kubikat is the collective catalogue of four of the leading German scholarly research institutes in the field of art history:
Art Theorists of the Italian Rennaisance
is actually several separate serials devoted to woodcuts, etchings, and engravings:
The Corpus Rubenianum
Currently, 21 volumes on the work of Peter Paul Rubens
The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History