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Art History

This guide provides an introduction to resources that support research in the field of art history. You'll find helpful tips and tools to find and access art journals, films, images, exhibition catalogs and reviews, and more!

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198/298: Portraiture East West

Hello! Welcome. This page was created for students in Professor Wue's Portraiture East-West Fall 2021 class. This class explores posthumous portraits; cross cultural dressing; portraits across culture; portraits and disabilities; portraits of artists; portraits across gender; and the materiality of the portrait. This page is only a preliminary starting point for resources/inspiration (mainly books & journal articles). Slides from the in-person presentation are available here.

Journals & Journal Articles

These are just a few art & art history journals and magazines. For a longer list, visit the "Art Journals & Magazines" page on this research guide. You can also browse & discover art journals using BrowZine

More databases are listed on the Art Research Databases page.

Art & Architecture SourcLock Icon

  • Scholarship from: 1929-Present
  • An excellent starting point for visual art research - covers all periods and media including fine, decorative and commercial art as well as architecture and architectural design.
  • +770 full-text journals, +480 peer-reviewed full-text journals.
  • Languages other than English include: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch.

ARTBibliographies Modern Lock Icon

  • Scholarship from: 1960s-Present
  • An excellent resource for modern & contemporary arts, dating back from the late 19th century onward. Covers traditional media (illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, drawing) as well as performance art, installation works, video art, computer/electronic art, graffiti, artists’ books, conservation, ceramics, museum design, fashion, among other areas. You'll find research articles, exhibition reviews, books and reviews, exhibition catalog entries, essays, conference proceedings, etc. Languages other than English include: German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese.

JSTOR Lock Icon

  • A collection of +2000 full-text journals covering more than 50 disciplines. Originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, it is now a digital library with eBooks, images, and more. There is a lag time of 1-5 years between the time that an article is published and when it is placed in JSTOR. 

Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. It searches art and visual culture but also many other disciplines and resources. You'll find: articles, theses, books, and abstracts from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. In many cases, you are brought back into the library's e-resources to access the full-text, particularly with books and articles.