Art History


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Ruth Thomas, Art History Bibliographer, Mugar Memorial Library,, 617-353-3770

Library Catalog Call Numbers: Subjects (AM and Ns on 2nd floor,  SB and TR on 5th floor, BH on 4th floor)

  • Call Numbers N: Art in General
  • Call Numbers NA: Architecture
  • Call Numbers NB: Sculpture
  • Call Numbers NC: Graphic Arts/Drawing
  • Call Numbers ND: Painting
  • Call Numbers NE:  Prints and Engravings
  • Call Numbers NK: Decorative/Applied Arts
  • Call Numbers NX: Arts
  • Call Numbers SB: Landscape Architecturepolygaldenhaag
  • Call Numbers TR: Photography
  • Call Numbers AM: Museum Studies
  • Call Numbers BH: Aesthetics

Database Indexes to Journal Articles and Dissertations

(For a complete list of databases, see Databases A-Z.)

Note: Indexes journals covering the “management and conservation of international material cultural heritage — broadly interpreted to include works of art, cultural objects, museum collections, archives and library materials, architecture, historic sites, and archaeology.” Getty Conservation Institute. Replaces the print version.

Note: Covers articles published from 1964 to the present. Subject index to articles, book reviews, and sthe United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

Note: Covers articles published from 1984 to the present. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Abstracts indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Subjects covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, crafts, motion pictures, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, and photography.

Note: Covers articles published from 1929 to 1984. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Abstracts indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Subjects covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, crafts, motion pictures, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, and photography.

Note: Covers articles published from 1969 to the present. Indexes articles, books, exhibition catalogs, and theses on modern art, photography, and design from late 19th century to the present.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI). Multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Indexes world’s leading arts and humanities journals with selected, relevant items from major science and social science journals.  Look here for articles that cite other articles.

Avery index to architectural periodicals (Online)
“…a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture since 1934, covering the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation and interior design and decoration.”


Note: Covers articles published between 1973 and 2009. Getty Information Institute. Indexes books, journals, dissertations, and exhibition catalogs. Covers Western art, all media, from late antiquity to the present. Includes RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art, 1975-1989 ), and RAA (Repertoire d’Art et d’Archeologie, 1973-1989. RAA covers late antiquity to the present; excludes Islamic, Far Eastern, and primitive art and archaeology.
Note: Covers articles published from 1971 to the present. Includes all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide. Users can search and also browse by country/region, by subject, or by journal title.

Note: Covers dissertations published from 1861 to the present. Citations to dissertations accepted for doctoral degrees at accredited North American institutions and more than 200 institutions elsewhere; abstracts are available from 1980 to date. Of the more than 2.3 million dissertations and theses cited in the database, over 925,000 dissertations are available for download. Citations to masters’ theses from 1962 to date; abstracts available from 1988 to date. For a subject list of Dissertations in Progress, see the June issue of Art Bulletin. BU See also: Recent and Current Dissertations in Egyptology, compiled by the University of Chicago; Dissertations in Progress Byzantine Studies, North American institutions, compiled by Dumbarton Oaks; and the Society of Architectural Historians’ Dissertations Underway.
Note: Covers articles published from 1984 to the present. Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Multidisciplinary, multilingual database with emphasis on humanities and social sciences.

Note: Covers articles published from 1969 to the present. Indexes articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.

Note: Covers nearly all art journals from the 19th century. Indexes entire journal contents–articles, art notes, illustrations, stories, poems, and advertisements. Source of information on popular culture and industry, artists and illustrators, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture and design, exhibitions and sales, decoration, and collecting.


International Medieval Bibliography.  Indexes articles on medieval subjects in journals, Festschriften, conference proceedings, and collected essays. Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the period 450 to 1500 for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Citations classified by date, subject and location.

Auction Sales


Bibliography of Salon Criticism in Paris from the Ancien Regime to the Restoration, 1699-1827, and …from the July Monarchy to the Second Empire, 1831-1851,
ed. Neil McWilliam.
Mugar Reference X Z 5961 F7 B53 and B54 1991


Bibliography on Portraiture: Selected Writings on Portraiture as an Art Form and as Documentation,
compiled by Irene Heppner. Portraiture of Western cultures from antiquity to the present with an emphasis on American. Mainly English-language publications, including standard works, periodical articles, catalogs, theses, and books with sections on portraiture. Vol. 1 lists authors. Vol. 2 is a classified subject arrangement.
Mugar Reference X Z 5948 P8 H4 1990

Business of Watercolour: A Guide to the Archives of the Royal Watercolour Society,
by Simon Fenwick. Catalog of the Society’s archives from its founding in 1804.
Mugar Reference X ND 1928 R79 1997

Festschriften in Art History, 1960-1975: Bibliography and Index,
by Betty Lincoln. Subject, author, and dedicatee indexes. Festschriften published after 1975 are indexed in BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art).
Mugar Reference X Z 5931 L52 1988

Greek and Roman Art, Architecture, and Archaeology: An Annotated Bibliography,

by William Coulson, 2nd ed rev. Over 300 books are grouped in chapters on prehistory, Greece, Rome, and sites.
Mugar Reference X Z 5932 3 C68 1987

Kunstgeschichte in Festschriften; allgemeine Bibliographie kunstwissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen in den bis 1960 erschienenen Festschriften,

by Paul Rave. Subject index to 5,865 articles in Festschriften published before 1960.
Storage Z 5931 F62

Women Artists: An Historical, Contemporary, and Feminist Bibliography,

by Sherry Piland.
Mugar Reference X Z7963.A75 B32 1994

Women Artists and Designers in Europe since 1800: An Annotated Bibliography,

by Penny McCracken, 2 vols. Arranged by medium: bookbinding, ceramics, fashion, garden design, glass, stained glass, interior design, textiles, graphic art, painting, performance and video art, photography, and sculpture. Index of names and an index of artists and designers by country.
Mugar Reference X Z 7963 A75 M33 1998

Women in the Fine Arts: A Bibliography and Illustration Guide,

by Janet Anderson. Bibliography arranged by publication type: general reference, periodicals, exhibition catalogues, and newspapers with an artist index to entries.
Mugar Reference X Z 7963 A75 A47 1991

Biographical Sources

American National Biography,

BU articles and bibliographies;artists and architects. Also, theme collections.

Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart

by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker, 37 vols, 1908-1950. Artists from antiquity to about 1870. Known as Thieme-Becker, this biographical dictionary contains signed articles with bibliographical information on older publications and data on minor artists. It is supplemented by Vollmer’s dictionary below.
Mugar Reference X N 40 F08

Allegemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler des XX Jahrhunderts,

ed. Hans Vollmer, 6 vols, 1953-1960. Artists born after 1870.
Mugar Reference X N 40 F53

Allgemeines Kunstler-Lexikon. Die Bildenden Kunstler aller Zeiten und Volker,

ed. Gunter Meissner. Includes a bibliography and English-language instructions on using the dictionary. This publication updates and expands Thieme-Becker and Vollmer; Mugar has the first seven volumes. Bd 1 Aa to Alexander; Bd 2 Alexander to Andrea di Zanetto; Bd 3 Andreace to Ardon; Bd 5 Ardos to Avocaro; Bd 6 Avogaro to Barbieri; Bd 7 Barbieri–Bayona. Mugar Reference X N 40 A66 1983

Art Books: A Basic Bibliography of Monographs on Artists,

by Wolfgang Freitag, 2nd ed. Alphabetical by artists’ last names. All countries and time periods. Separate list of selected biographical dictionaries and reference works on artists.
Mugar Z 5938 F73 1997

Artists as Writers Database Project.  Emphasis on Canadian artists.

Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Europe and America Since 1850,

by Penny Dunford. Brief personal and professional accounts; references; illlustrations.
Mugar N 6503 N67 1995

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Covers contemporary and historical people throughout the world. Provides references to where biographies can be found.

Biography in Context

This database contains full-text entries from a number of reference works published by Gale and St, James Press including Contemporary Artists (5th ed, 2001), Contemporary Designers (3rd ed, 1999), Contemporary Photographers (3rd ed, 1996), Contemporary Women Artists (1999), International Dictionary of Art and Artists (1990), St. James Guide to Black Artists (1997).

Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs,

Dessinateurs, et Graveurs de Tous les Temps et de Tous les Pays, by Emmanuel Benezit, 1948-1976. Covers 300,000 artists of Eastern and Western art from the 5th century B.C. to the present. Entries include bibliography, locations of works, auction prices, and facsimile signatures. Useful for French artists.
Mugar N 40 B47 1976

Dictionary of Art Historians: Biographical Dictionary of Historians, Museum Directors and Scholars of Art,

by Lee Sorensen, Duke University Libraries. Searchable index of “art historians mentioned in major art historiographies.” Includes full name, date and city of birth, date and city of death, principal country of career, brief description of methodology or accomplishments, and bibliography of major works. Updated continuously.

Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Artists, 1420-1970,

by John Milner. Brief biographical data including locations of major collections and selected references.
Mugar N 6998 M555 1993

Dictionary of Women Artists,

ed. Delia Gaze, 2 vols. Lengthy entries on 600 artists from the Middle Ages to the present in Europe, America, and Australasia include biographical data, list of exhibitions, bibliography, and signed essay. Introductory surveys on topics such as convents, training and professionalism, and feminism. Arranged chronologically.
Mugar N 8354 D53 1997

Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists born before 1900, by Chris Petteys,

Includes more than 21,000 women painters, sculptors, printmakers, and illustrators. Entries of varying length contain basic data including references to exhibitions of works.
Mugar N 43 P47 1985

Grove Art Online: Biography (Oxford Art Online),

ed. Jane Turner. Covers the prehistorical era to the 1990’s with online updates. Includes over 23,000 biographies of artists, collectors, theorists, critics, and scholars.

International Dictionary of Art and Artists,

ed. James Vinson. Vol. 1 covers the careers, locations of works, bibliographies by and about, and short essays of 500 major artists working from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Vol. 2 provides descriptions of 500 major works of art with illustrations and bibliographies. Mugar N 7425 I67 1990

Local/Global: Women Artists in the Nineteenth Century,

ed. Deborah Cherry.
Mugar N8354 .L63 2006

Mallet’s Index of Artists International-Biographical, by Daniel Mallet. References to biographical material.

Storage N 40 M3 1948

Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

By Ian Chilvers. 5th ed. 2015.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (British).

Popular 19th Century Painting: A Dictionary of European Genre Painters, by Philip Hook and Mark Poltimore. Mugar ND 1452 E58515 H66 1986

Spanish Artists from the Fourth to the Twentieth Century: A Critical Dictionary, Frick Art Reference Library, New York, 3 vols and index.

Alphabetical list of entries on artists including their names, alternate names, dates of birth or death or documented activity, national school, fields of artistic endeavor, and bibliographic references.
Mugar Reference X N 7112 S636 1993 (Index) Volumes 1-3 in Storage.

Boston University Programs

Boston University American and New England Studies Program

Faculty, program, courses, and resources.

Boston University History of Art and Architecture Department

Faculty, courses, programs, museum studies, resources, grants, Art Gallery, department news, and events. Cumulus Image Database.

Boston University College of Fine Arts: School of Visual Arts

Faculty; programs: studio training, drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, design, and art education; resources; news and events.


ArtLex: Visual Arts Dictionary

Definitions of over 3,300 terms and longer articles on subjects such as major movements and periods. Artists and titles of works appear within articles but are not listed as separate terms in the index. Appendices include instructions for searching and citing ArtLex, pronunciation, and links to other resources.

Artist Names from A to Z (

some entries include”how to pronounce.”

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

by Michael Clarke, 2d ed, 2010

Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques,

by Ralph Mayer, 5th ed. Excludes architecture. Illustrations.
Mugar Reference X N 33 M36 1991

Dictionary of Translated Names and Titles,

by Adrian Roon. French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian from “Aachen” to “Utopia.”
Mugar NX 80 R66 1986

From Abacus to Zeus: A Handbook of Art History,

by James Pierce, 7th ed. Terms, processes, symbols, and subjects defined and keyed to illustrations in Horst Janson’s History of Art 6th ed. (Storage N 5300 J3 2001).
Mugar N 33 P5 2004

German-English Dictionary: Art History – Archaeology,

by Mary Apelt.
Mugar N 33 A5575 1982

Materials and Techniques in the Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Dictionary, ed. Lucy Trench.

Mugar NK30 .M38 2000

Multilingual Glossary for Art Librarians,

by IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), Section for Art Libraries. “English with Indexes in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish, 2nd revised and enlarged edition 1996.” Definitions and translations of bibliographer, archivist, antiquarian, curator, and librarian terminology relating to art.

Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

by Ian Chilvers. 4th ed, 2009

Pronunciation Dictionary of Artists’ Names

by Debra Edelstein, 3rd rev. ed. Art Institute of Chicago. Western European, North and South American, and Australian artists representing all periods.
Mugar N 40 K3 1993


Artists as Illustrators: An International Directory with Signatures and Monograms, 1800–the present,

by John Castagno.
Mugar NC 961 63 C37 1989

Artists’ Monograms and Indiscernible Signatures: An International

Directory, 1800-1991, by John Castagno.
Storage N45 C374 1991

CAA Directories of Graduate Programs in…

art education : financial aid, faculty, curriculum, special programs, facilities and more
Mugar Memorial LibraryReference X (N88 .G73 2011 )

art history : art history, arts administration, curatorial and museum studies, library science, financial aid, special programs, faculty, study abroad, facilities and more
Mugar Memorial LibraryReference X (N385 .G73 2011 )

arts administration : financial aid, faculty, curriculum, special programs, facilities and more
Mugar Memorial LibraryReference X (NX760 .G57 2011 )

curatorial & museum studies : financial aid, faculty, curriculum, special programs, facilities and more
Mugar Memorial LibraryReference X (AM7 .G57 2011 )

history of art & architecture : financial aid, faculty, curriculum, special programs, facilities and more
Mugar Memorial LibraryReference X (N72.A75 G73 2011

studio art & design : financial aid, faculty, curriculum, special programs, fine arts programs, interior design, graphic design, new media, facilities and more
Mugar Memorial LibraryReference X (NK1170 .G57 2011 )

visual arts : studio art & design, art education, film production, conservation, historic preservation, financial aid, special programs, faculty, study abroad, facilities and more
Mugar Memorial LibraryReference X (N328 .G73 2011 )

CAA Directory of Affiliated Societies.  “…includes each society’s name, date of founding, size of membership, and annual dues, as well as a statement on the society’s nature or purpose and the name(s) of the contact person(s). Links to websites are published where appropriate.”

Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance.

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Two databases: Antique Monuments and Renaissance Documents. Also searchable by Location, Person, Date, Style, Inscription, and Bibliography.


European Artists: Signatures and Monograms, 1800-1990, including Selected Artists from Other Parts of the World,

by John Castagno.
Storage N45 C38 1990

Listing of Works of Art and Art Objects Owned by Boston University,

Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
Mugar Reserves N 521 B6 A5 1988

Old Masters: Signatures and Monograms: 1400 to born 1800,

by John Castagno.
Storage N 45 C39 1996

Electronic Journals

Boston University Libraries–eJournalsA-Z

Note: Use Advanced Search and then the limiter
Note: Browse by subject, e.g., arts


Art & Architecture Oxford Reference.

Enciclopedia dell’arte Antica, Classica e Orientale,

ed. Ranuccio Bandinelli, 7 vols plus supplements and index. Covers art and archaeology of Europe, Asia, North Africa, and Ethiopia from prehistory to 500 AD. Entries include bibliographies and many photographs.
Mugar Folio N 31 F58

Enciclopedia dell’arte Medievale,

ed. Marina Righetti Tosti-Croce, 9 vols. Illustrated encyclopedia of art produced in the West, Near and Far East, and Mediterranean Africa from the 6th century to the end of the 14th century. Extensive bibliographical material.
Mugar N 5965 E52

Encyclopedia of Interior Design,

ed. Joanna Banham, 2 vols. Covers the history of interior design with entries on individuals and topics and longer survey articles about individual countries, periods, and styles. Entries include signed critical essays, brief biographies, list of principal works, and list of further reading. Emphasis on 19th and 20th centuries in Europe and North America with survey entries on the Middle East, Japan, China, and Australia. Ecclesiastical interiors are excluded.
Mugar NK 1165 E48 1997

Encyclopedia of Sculpture Techniques,

by John Mills. Definitions of methods and techniques with many photographs and drawings.
Mugar NB 1170 M528 1989

Encyclopedia of World Art,

17 vols. Published between 1959 and 1987. Provides overviews of art subjects representing all media and from throughout the world. Includes historical, conceptual, and geographical articles. Well-illustrated.
Visual Arts N 31 F59

Grove Art Online (Oxford Art Online)

ed. Jane Turner. Covers the prehistorical era to the 1990’s with regular online updates. Includes over 23,000 biographies of artists, collectors, theorists, critics, and scholars. Features extensive survey articles on the cultures and civilizations of the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Australia. The 34-volume print version, The Dictionary of Art, is available at Mugar Reference X N 31 D5 1996. The online dictionary features links to images.

Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts,
Ed. Gordon Campbell, 2006

Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art
Ed. Gordon Campbell, 2009

International Dictionary of Art and Artists,

ed. James Vinson. Vol. 1 covers the careers, locations of works, bibliographies by and about, and short essays of 500 major artists working from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Vol. 2 provides descriptions of 500 major works of art with illustrations and bibliographies.
Mugar N 7425 I67 1990

Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture,

by Peter Murray. Dictionary of all aspects of Christianity in art.
Mugar N 7830 M87 1996

Oxford Companion to Western Art

ed. Hugh Brigstocke, 2001

Oxford Dictionary of Art, BU

eds. Ian Chilvers and Harold Osborne, 3rd ed, 2004. Western art forms and artists from antiquity to the present. Excludes architecture.

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium,

ed. Alexander Kazhdan, 3 vols. Covers the period from the 4th century to the 15th century and includes all regions that were part of the Byzantine Empire or had significant connections with it. Entries combine perspectives from history, philology, art, and liturgy and include topics of everyday life. Bibliographies provided.
Mugar Reference X DF 521 O93 1991

Storia dell’arte Italiana,

by Adolfo Venturi, 190l-1940, reprinted 1967, 25 vols. History of Italian art from the early Christian period through the 16th century. Separately published indexes of locations and artists by Jacqueline Sisson (in English, Mugar Reference X N 6911 F01 Supplement Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) and by Fabrizia Rossetti (in Italian, Mugar Reference X N 6911 F01 Index ). Both indexes provide references by figure number to works of art illustrated in Venturi’s text.
Mugar Reference X N 6911 F01

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,

compiled by Christopher Wright. Vol. 1 provides a name index and a chronological presentation of brief biography, bibliography, important collections, and list of paintings. Vol. 2 provides a location index with city and institution, key holdings, and title index.
Storage ND 40 W75 1992

Guides and Handbooks

Association of Art Editors Style Guide

Art History: Its Use and Abuse

by W. McAllister Johnson. Critical surveys and bibliographies of major sources (e.g., encyclopedias, catalogs, histories, literature), published from 1500 through the 19th century. Intended for researchers, scholars, and doctoral students.
Mugar N 380 J64 1988

Art Information and the Internet: How to Find It, How to Use It (1999)

by Lois Swan Jones. In spite of its title, this book is a guide to doing research in art history using both online and printed resources. It provides the only comprehensive coverage in English of research methodology with extensive, annotated bibliographical entries. The earlier edition, Art Information: Research Methods and Resources, includes much information on print sources that is still valuable and its format is easier to use ( Mugar N 85 J64 1990).
Mugar N 59 J66 1999

CAA Publications: Submission and Style Guidelines
Guide to the Literature of Art History,

by Etta Arntzen and Robert Rainwater. Comprehensive coverage for all periods, media, and geographic locations of books published between 1957 and 1977, including reprints of earlier works. It is divided into four main categories: general reference sources, materials for the study of art history, material on the various media, and serials. Many foreign-language titles are included. Referenced by out-of-print dealers as Arntzen/Rainwater.
Storage Z 5931 A67 1980

Guide to to the Literature of Art History 2,

by Max Marmor. Supplement to Arntzen/Rainwater. Extends coverage through the 1980s and 1990s.
Mugar Reference X Z 5931 .M374 2005

Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture,

ed. Victor A. Ginsburgh. Sections on history, value, legal issues, culture and the economy, consumption and production, cultural industries, labor markets, auctions and prices, location, and policy.Mugar Library NX634 .H34 2006   Two volumes.

International Handbook of Research in Arts Education,

ed. L. Bresler. ” The Handbook is organized into 13 sections, each centering on a major area or issue in arts education research. These areas include: History of arts education, curriculum, evaluation, cultural centers, appreciation, composition, informal learning, child culture, creativity, the body, spirituality, and technology. The individual chapters address cross-cultural research related to the central theme of the section from the perspectives of the particular arts discipline. Interludes provide reflective thoughts on the theme.” Mugar NX 282 I56 2007 pt. 1 and pt. 2

Key Writers on Art

(new collection of essays on theories of art by 50 major 20th century figures.)
Mugar Library N7475 .K49 2003 v. 1 and v.2

Short Guide to Writing About Art,

by Sylvan Barnet, 11th ed. Covers all aspects of essay writing from ideas, analyses, and comparisons to style, manuscript form, and research. Of particular interest are the chapters on critical approaches such as the new art history, and gender, biographical, and psychoanalytic studies. A chapter by Leila Kinney deals with art research on the Internet including a section on how to reference Web pages.
Mugar Reference X N 7476 B37 2015

Microform Collections

American Architectural Books: A List of Books, Portfolios, and Pamphlets on Architecture and Related Subjects Published in America [from 1775 to] before 1895

by Henry-Russell Hitchcock. See American Architecture: Guides and Bibliographies

American Periodicals, 18th Century

American Periodicals, 1800-1850; and American Periodicals 1850-1900, Civil War and Reconstruction.See American Studies: Magazines and Newspapers

Art Exhibition Catalogues on Microfiche.


History of Photography.

See Photography: Bibliographies and Guides

Marburger Index

Inventory of Art in Germany, Users’ Manual, ed. Bildarchiv Foto Marburg (in English). Useful in accessing about 500,000 photographs taken between 1950 and 1976 and reproduced on microfiche which are arranged alphabetically by city, then museum, and collection. Includes architecture, painting, sculpture, and crafts in Germany from pre- and early history to modern times. Check microfiche in Current Periodicals Area for Mugar Memorial Library holdings and the index. See also: Bildarchiv Foto Marburg: Bildarchiv zur Kunst und Architectur in Deutschland Foto Archiv
Micro XN 6861 M353 1985

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps [microform] Massachusetts [1867-1950].

See American Studies: Atlases, Gazetteer, Maps

Trade Catalogues at Winterthur: A Guide to the Literature of Merchandising, 1750 to 1980

compiled by E. Richard McKinstry. See American Studies: Bibliographies

Sources and Documents

Le Vite de’ Piu Eccellenti Pittori, Scultori e Architettori,

by Giorgio Vasari, 1568, 9 vols.
Mugar Reference X N 6922 F06

Lives of the Painters, Sculptors, and Architects,

by Giorgio Vasari, trans. A. Hinds, 4 vols.
Mugar Reference X N 6922 V48 1963

Sources and Documents in the History of Art Series,

11 vols. For individual titles, see  online catalog.
Individual call numbers

Symbols, Subjects, Iconography

Dent Dictionary of Symbols in Christian Art,

by Jennifer Speake. Biographies of saints and descriptions of objects and symbols. Visual index of illustrations.
Mugar N 7825 S68 1994

Dictionary of Symbols in Western Art,

by Sarah Carr-Gomm. Entries on saints; martyrs; mythical, biblical, and religious characters and episodes. Some illustrations. Index of artists and index of supplementary words. Mugar N 7740 C29 1995

Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography: Themes Depicted in Works of Art,

ed. Helene Roberts, 2 vols. Alphabetical arrangement by theme from abandonment to Zodiac. Lengthy essays by 42 contributors compare narratives on a single theme from different ages, cultures, and forms. For example, the essay on abandonment includes Oedipus, Moses, Jesus Christ, and foundling hospitals. Each essay is followed by a list of works of art depicting the theme and a bibliography of further reading. Each theme is represented by one illustration.
Mugar N 7560 E53 1998

Encyclopedia of Women in Religious Art,

by Diane Apostolos-Cappadonia. Female figures and symbols from various cultures and periods including Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Meso-America.
Mugar N 7793 W65 A66 1996

Favorite Subjects in Western Art,

by Alden Todd.
Mugar N 7430 F683

Gods and Heroes in Art,

by Lucia Impelluso. (Getty Guide to Imagery Series)
Visual Arts N

Iconographic Index to New Testament Subjects Represented in Photographs and Slides of Paintings in the Visual Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University,

by Helene Roberts.
Storage ND 1430 R6 1992

Iconography and Iconology. Entry in Grove Art Online.

Iconography of Deities and Demons of the Ancient Near East.  Electronic Pre-publication.  Text and hand-drawn illustrations

Illustrated Bartsch.

via ARTstor. “… more than 50,000 images of Old Master European prints (engravings, etchings, woodcuts, etc.) from the 15th Century to the early 19th Century…”

Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art,

by James Hall. Sections on abstract signs, animals, artifacts, earth and sky, human body and dress, and plans. Bibliography and chronological tables.
Mugar N 7740 H35 1994

Introduction to Iconography: Symbols, Allusions and Meaning in the Visual Arts: Documenting the Image,

by Roelof van Straten, rev. ed. The theoretical section discusses iconography, personification, allegory, and symbols. The practical section covers literary sources of subjects in art; iconographic handbooks and photo archives; and the classification system, ICONOCLASS.
Mugar N 7565 S7713 1994

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC),

ed. Hans Christoph, 18 vols. Includes Greek, Roman, and Etruscan mythology. Articles include literary sources and catalogues of works of art depicting the subject. Arranged alphabetically by personage. Separate text and plate volumes. Two index volumes.
Mugar Reference X N 7760 L49 1981  For selected online images, see:


Foundation for the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologicae Classicae (LIMC).  This database provides images from LIMC.  Please note:  “For copyright reasons the access to the images is restricted to images from institutions which have given permission for inclusion in this database.”


Nature and Its Symbols

by Lucia Impelluso (Getty Guide to Imagery Series)
Mugar N 7680 I4713 2004

Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1990s,

by Jane Reid, 2 vols. Each entry provides description of the mythological figure and representations in art, music, dance, and literature with references to a list of sources where more information may be found.
Mugar Reference X NX 650 M9 R45 1993

Pointers and Clues to the Subjects of Chinese and Japanese Art as shown in Drawings, Prints, Carvings and the Decoration of Porcelain and Lacquer,

by Will Edmunds. Republication of the edition published in 1934. No illustrations.
Mugar N 7337 E3 2002

Post-Biblical Saints Art Index,

by Mercedes Rochelle. Index to illustrations of saints, “who lived after the time period of the Bible,” arranged alphabetically by saints’ names. Following the entry’s location of the work of art, a book in which there is a reproduction of the work of art is listed. An index of artists, an index of attributes and events, a directory of museums, and a bibliography are included.
Mugar N 8079.5 R63 1994

Repertoire de la Statuaire Grecque et Romaine,

by Salomon Reinach, 6 vols. Line drawings grouped by subject. General, subject, and museum indexes. Often cited in scholarly publications.
Storage NB 86 F04 Available online via Internet Archive

Repertoire de peintures du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance (1280-1580),

by Salomon Reinach, reprint. See annotation above. Storage ND 40 R4 1978 Available online via Internet Archive

Repertoire de Reliefs Grecs et Romains,

by Salomon Reinach, 3 vols. See annotation above.
Mugar Reference X NB 133 F09 and Storage

Repertoire des Vases Peints Grecs et Etrusques,

by Salomon Reinach, 2 vols in 1, reprint. See annotation above. Storage NK 4645 R43 1979

Saints in Italian Art,

by George Kaftal, 4 vols. Illustrated, iconographical study arranged alphabetically by saints’ names in four volumes covering Tuscan painting, central and south Italian schools of painting, painting of north east Italy, and painting of north west Italy.
Mugar N 8080 K25

Signs and Symbols in Christian Art

by George Ferguson. Illustrated, comprehensive dictionary in fourteen thematic sections from animals, birds, and insects to artifacts.

Visual Arts N 7830 F37 1966 and Mugar Library N7830 .F37
Sources in Iconography in the Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art, McGill University: An Annotated Bibliography,

ed. Irena Murray. Chapters on general bibliographies of art history, reference sources in iconography, studies of iconography, classical mythology, sacred imagery, secular imagery, and various topics.
Mugar N 7560 B58 1997

Subject Catalogue of Paintings in Public Collections,

ed. Celestine Dars. Vol. 1 covers the National Gallery, London, the Wallace Collection, and the Wellington Museum; and Vol. 2 the Tate Gallery’s Old Masters Collection. Subjects range from allegory to work-rural. Descriptions of paintings provided.
Mugar ND 45 S94

Tracing Memory: A Glossary of Graphic Signs and Symbols in African Art and Culture,

by Clementine Faik-Nzuji.
Mugar GN 645 F28513 1996


AlternaTime…A Collection of Timelines on the Web

George Emery, Canisius College, NY. Sites grouped under the headings: history and culture, science and technology, arts and literature, popular culture, and science fiction.

Timeline of Art History

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. ” currently over 20,000 pages, consisting of around 300 chronological narratives, 750 special topic essays, and 5000 color illustrations of Museum works of art. It is supplemented by maps, comparative works of art, and site photography…the comprehensive index [is] organized by subject, special topic, artist, or accession number to find a specific theme or work of art.”

Timelines of the Arts and Literature,

by David Brownstone. Chronology from 100,000-5000 B.C. through 1992. Year-by-year from 1500 A.D. Includes film and broadcasting (from 1920) and world events.
Mugar NX 447.5 .B76 1994

Timelines: the Art of Modernism, 1870-2000.

by Sandro Bocola.
Mugar: Folio N6465.M63 B613 2001

Wilson Chronology of the Arts,

by George Ochoa. Four thousand entries “beginning with prehistoric rock engravings in Australia and ending with contemporary art installations” (1997). Covers both popular and “elite” art forms. Scattered sidebars provide extended commentary on an artist, a technique, etc. An appendix of birth and death dates and a bibliography are included.
Mugar Reference X N 5306 O26 1998


ABC Typography: A Virtual Museum of Typography

About two dozen common typefaces in groups representing Classic, 20th Century, Contemporary, and Unclassified/Miscellaneous. Each group includes a brief description, an example, and links to adaptations of each particular typeface.

Web Sites and Online Image Collections

The AMICA Library

Art Museum Images from Cartography Associates. From the collections of 22 U.S. museums. Images are also accessible via BU Libraries Search: type in artist name or artwork title and refine the results by clicking on “Images” under “Other Resource Types.”

Art History Resources on the Web

Christopher Witcombe, Professor of Art History, Sweet Briar College. The most comprehensive directory of art and art history resources on the Web. Broad categories are: prehistoric art, ancient art, art of the middle ages, renaissance art, baroque, 18th-century art, 19th-century art, 20th-century art, non-European art, research resources, museums & galleries, and prints & photography.

Art on the Web

Jeffery Howe, Boston College. Well-indexed site. Links include “Calendars of Events” for Boston, New York, the United States, and the world.


John Malyon, Artcyclopedia, Inc. Comprehensive index to over 7,000 artists and links to approximately 80,000 works, primarily painting and sculpture.


Today’s and last week’s news.

Magazine featuring art news from New York. Modern and contemporary art.Includes an online auction, artist biographies, galleries, and events.

Arts Journal: The Daily Digest of Arts & Cultural Journalism

ARTstor BU

Includes subject guide handouts highlighting relevant collections and search tips for

These are pdf pages so you must copy/paste the URLs.

CAA Reviews

College Art Association. Peer reviews of new books. Also reviews of international exhibitions, academic conferences, and electronic media. Full reviews available to members only.

Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance.

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Two databases: Antique Monuments and Renaissance Documents. Also searchable by Location, Person, Date, Style, Inscription, and Bibliography.

Copyright and Art Issues

Christine Sundt, University of Oregon.


Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations, Harvard University

Digital World of Art History and Digital World of Art History 2013: From Theory to Practice, conferences sponsored by the Index of Christian Art and held in Princeton.

Evaluating Information Found on the Web.

Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University.

Finding Images on the Web: Arts (Boston University Libraries)

Illustrated Bartsch.

via ARTstor. “… more than 50,000 images of Old Master European prints (engravings, etchings, woodcuts, etc.) from the 15th Century to the early 19th Century…”

Imago Urbis: Giuseppe Vasi’s Grand Tour of Rome and Interactive Nolli Map Website

Jim Tice and Erik Steiner, University of Oregon

Mother of All Art History Links Pages

Patrick Young and graduate students, University of Michigan, Department of Art History. Links grouped under the headings, “A Sampling of Art History Departments, Research Resources, Resources for Visual Collections, Image Collections and Online Art, A Sampling of Online Exhibits, Sites of the Sacred, Art Museums, Textual and Linguistic Resources.” Includes related subjects such as travel, history, philosophy, libraries, and electronic books.

One Met. Many Worlds.  Metropolitan Museum of Art.  500 collection highlights in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Princeton Index of Christian Art

“The Internet database presently contains nearly 80,000 work of art records which are accompanied by over one-hundred thousand images in color and black and white.”

Print Council of America: Frequently Cited Books and Periodicals Abbreviations.

Check the library online catalog for books and periodicals.

Voice of the Shuttle: Web Page for Humanities Research

Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara. Multidisciplinary, comprehensive site. Art & Art History.