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ART 239: Christian, Islamic & Jewish Art of the Middle Ages

Fall 2010

Professor: Linnea Wren
Librarian: Dan Mollner

Table of Contents:

Reference Resources
  • Dictionary of Art
    Grove's Dictionaries 1996
    An exhaustive encyclopedia of world art, containing articles written by scholars on artists, movements, works, and subjects, each followed by a selective bibliography.
    • Location(s): Ref N 31 .D5 1996
  • Dictionary of Christian Art
    New York: Continuum 1994
    Offers brief discussions of people, topics, and symbols important in Christian art. Especially good at drawing parallels between Classical and Biblical iconography and at identifying important biblical passages. Illustrated with a number of black and white plates.
    • Location(s): Ref BV 150 .A66 1994
  • Dictionary of the Middle Ages
    New York: Scribner's 1982
    13 vols. A scholarly, readable, and beautifully laid-out encyclopedia covering people, events, ideas, movements, texts, and cultural features of the medieval world. Articles are often illustrated with period art work and are followed by bibliographies of primary and secondary sources.
    • Location(s): Ref D 114 .D5 1982
  • Encyclopaedia Judaica
    Detroit: Macmillan Reference 2007 2nd ed. edition
    An excellent source for information on the Jewish people and religion, offering scholarly and in-depth articles, recently updated to include current research on historical and contemporary topics.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 102.8 .E496 2007
  • Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World
    New York: Macmillan Reference 2004
    Provides an overview of individuals, concepts, and topics related to Islam.
    • Location(s): Ref BP 40 .E525 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Religion
    Detroit: Macmillan Reference 2005 2nd ed. edition
    Covers religions from around the world and through history as well as people and ideas related to religion. The articles are written by experts in their fields and include excellent bibliographies. This new edition includes hundreds of new articles, thoroughly revised coverage of all topics in religion, and a handful of "visual essays" that illustrate visual culture as a significant aspect of religion.
    • Location(s): Ref BL 31 .E46 2005
  • Encyclopedia of World Art
    New York: McGraw-Hill 1959-
    Offers scholarly and thorough articles on artists, movements, media, periods, national traditions, and so on. Each volume has a section of plates in the back. There is an index to the entire set, as well as supplementary volumes presenting newer information. Though more dated than the Dictionary of Art, above, this set remains useful, particularly for its thorough indexing of plates, making it a good source for locating images of art works.
    • Location(s): Ref N 31 .E56
  • New Cambridge Medieval History
    New York: Cambridge University Press 1995
    A comprehensive history of Europe from 500 to 1500 AD.
    • Location(s): Ref D 117 .N48 1995
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia
    Detroit: Gale 2002
    This recently-revised encyclopedia covers many general topics, but is particularly thorough in its coverage of Catholic doctrine, history, and traditional practice. Includes many illustrations.
    • Location(s): Ref BX 841 .N44 2002
  • Oxford Dictionary of Art
    Oxford: Oxford UP 2004 3rd edition
    Covers Western art from ancient Greece to the present, with nearly 4,000 entries on artists, periods, movements, and styles.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    Over 100 full text language and subject dictionaries and reference works. Topics covered include general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities, social sciences, and business.
Specialized Resources
  • Islam and the Religious Arts
    New York: Continuum 2004
    Examines visual expression of the religious arts of Islam, from the first century to the present day.
    • Location(s): General Collection N 6260 .B345 2004
  • Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250
    New Haven, CT: Yale University Press 2001 2nd edition
    Overview of art and architecture from the origins of the culture until the early Middle Ages.
    • Location(s): Library Oversize N6260 .E79 2001
  • Islamic Calligraphy
    Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2006
    Resource covering the art of Arabic calligraphy from the 7th century to the present.
    • Location(s): General Collection NK 3636.5 .A2 B53 2006
  • Jewish Art
    New York: Abrams 1995
    4,000 years of Jewish art from the Temple in Jerusalem to twentieth-century artists. Many images, including sculpture, mosaic, painting and religious objects.
    • Location(s): Oversize N 7415 S4213 1997
  • The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, 1000-1500
    New York: Cambridge University Press 2006
    History of the Jewish experience in Europe during the middle ages
    • Location(s): General Collection DS135 .E81 C53 2006
Databases & Indexes
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • Art Index
    New York: Wilson 1930--
    An author and subject index to art periodicals, covering all periods and media of art, including film and photography. Particularly helpful for locating reproductions in periodicals as well as research studies and news of sales and exhibitions. This index is only available in print form.
    • Location(s): Ref N1 .A1 A78
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. This index fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and also includes some individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. Some of the disciplines covered include archaeology, linguistics, art, literature, music, philosophy, dance, history, religion and theater.
    1997-present; updated weekly
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • Project MUSE
    Project MUSE provides full text electronic access to over 100 scholarly journals in humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. Topics covered include literary theory; classics; history and cultural studies; philosophy; film, theatre and the performing arts; political science and mathematics.
Web Sites
  • Artcyclopedia
    Search or browse by artist, title, museum, or movement or browse by medium, subject, nationality, or by women artists.

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