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Listed on this page are key reference resources that provide a general overview
of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include
references and lists of further readings.
Major Art History Reference Books
The Dictionary of Art
Call Number: Hatfield Library 2d Floor Stacks N 31 .D5 1996
The only comprehensive art reference work in the world. It covers all the visual arts from prehistory to the 1990’s in 34 volumes. This is also available online as Grove Art Online
The Oxford Companion to Western Art by
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference N33 .O923 2001
Publication Date: 2001
Contains entries on artists and their works, styles and movements, art forms and art terms. This is also available online
Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art by
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference N7560 .H34 2008
Publication Date: 2007-12-25
Emphasizes Christian and classical subject matter from western art of the Renaissance and later. Greek and Roman mythology, classical heroes, legends and ancient history are also included.
Dictionary of Symbols in Western Art
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference N7740 .C29 1995
Allusions in pictures are the topic of this book which is intended to be a guide to the meanings of works of art.
The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art by
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reference N6370 .G76 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Offers the most current and comprehensive scholarly information on the visual arts of the Renaissance in Northern Europe.
Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian
Subjects: Art & Art History
, Cinema Studies
, Latin American Studies