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ART 245: Renaissance and Baroque Art

Fall 2011

Professor: Don Myers
Librarian: Dan Mollner

Table of Contents:

Art Specific Sources
  • Baroque Art: A Topical Dictionary
    Westport, CT: Greenwood 1996
    A topical index to themes found in baroque art. Included in this guide as an example of the type of specialized resources that are available.
    • Location(s): N6415.B3 E18 1996
  • 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. This is a standard in the field. 34 volumes.
    • Location(s): Ref N 31 .D5 1996
  • Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art
    Boulder : Westview Press 2008
    Brief discussions of the meaning and sources of recurrent symbols in art, including symbols (e.g. "fish") and religious and classical figures.
    • Location(s): Ref N7560 .H34 2008
  • Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography: Themes Depicted in Works of Art
    Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn 1998
    The purpose of this interesting work is to show how fundamental cultural narratives and themes have been represented in the arts. Includes both stories and general themes such as abandonment, envy, and ecstasy. Each essay ends with lists of works that employ the theme and selected secondary sources. There are 7 indexes to enable seeking out names, Biblical themes, literary references, mythological references, etc.
    • Location(s): Ref N 7560 .E53 1998
  • 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
  • McGraw Hill Dictionary of Art
    New York, McGraw-Hill 1969
    This dictionary offers short, signed articles with brief biographies on artists, cities, styles, buildings, etc.
    • Location(s): Ref N33 .M23
  • Monuments of Italy: A Regional Survey of Art, Architecture and Archaeology
    London: I.B. Tauris 2002
    An exhaustive catalog of Italy's archaeological sites, churches, palaces, and other notable structures. The first five volumes are arranged by region and province; volume six offers a pronunciation guide.
    • Location(s): Ref DG 431 .O67 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 Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1900s
    New York: Oxford UP 1993
    Links Classical subjects and Western art, cataloging under topics, the various expressions of each topic in the fine arts, music, dance, and literature. While it does not claim to be exhaustive, it does provide background information and intriguing connections; includes bibliographic references to published sources for the art works listed.
    • Location(s): Ref NX 650 .M9 R45 1993
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Sources in Other Disciplines
  • Anchor Bible Dictionary
    New York: Doubleday 1992
    This definitive and current work covers not only names, places, and events of the Bible, but also includes cultural history, social institutions, archeological sites, and other topics of particular interest to Biblical scholars today.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 440 .A54 (6 vol)
  • Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature
    Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman's 1992
    Provides a means of linking Biblical texts, stories, and characters to literary works from the middle ages on. An excellent source for finding out how the Bible has influenced culture, and how the culture has interpreted the Bible in various ways over the years.
    • Location(s): Ref PR 149 .B5 D53 1992
  • 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
  • Harper's Bible Commentary
    San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row 1988
    Follows the arrangement of the Bible, giving a brief introduction to each book of the Bible, then a short explanation of major passages. It is very good at making the language of the Bible clear, explaining context, and linking related passages together.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 491.2 .H37 1988
  • Masterpieces of Catholic Literature in Summary Form
    New York, Salem Press 1965
    Excerpts from major works in Catholic church literature are given here. There is an author index, but no subject index.
    • Location(s): Ref BX885 .M2 1965
  • New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
    New York: Scribner's 2005
    Covers a wide range of ideas historically and internationally. Particularly strong for overviews of current ideas taken in historical context, listing essential and significant texts that contributed to the development of concepts.
    • Location(s): Ref CB 9 .N49 2005
  • New Interpreter's Bible
    Nashville, TN: Abingdon 1994
    Provides the text in two translations, NRSV and New International Version, side by side. Following the texts, there are sections of scholarly commentary and reflections.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 491.2 .N484 1994
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    London: Routledge 1998
    A vast encyclopedia of the field that extends the classic Encyclopedia of Philosophy by adding both new topics and approaches to philosophy, but also by including new approaches and new research on classical philosophy. New areas covered in this work include philosophical approaches based on feminism, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, and postmodernism.
    • Location(s): Ref B 51 .R68 1998
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General Background Sources
  • Concise Encyclopaedia of the Italian Renaissance, A
    New York : Oxford University Press 1981
    A specialized encyclopedia which serves as an in-depth reference to the period.
    • Location(s): Ref DG445 .C66
  • 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
  • Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
    New York: Scribner's 1999
    Covers nearly 1,200 cultural and historical topics relating to Europe from 1350 to the early seventeenth century.
    • Location(s): Ref CB 361 .E52 1999 (6 vols.)
    1350-early 1600s
  • New Cambridge Modern History
    Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press 1990
    History from 1493 to 1945 is discussed in this authoritative source. The arrangement is chronological, with detailed tables of contents and indexes in each volume.
    • Location(s): Ref D208 .N4 1990
  • Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
    Oxford 2003
    A good place to get quick background on people, places, and concepts.
    • Location(s): Ref CB361.C27 2003
  • Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events
    New York : Simon and Schuster 1982, 1979
    These chronological tables selectively list some of the things happening in a given year in the areas of politics, the arts, religion, philosophy, science, technology, and daily life.
    • Location(s): Ref D11 .G78 1982
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Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
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Indexes & Databases
Subject specific indexes are available (both in print and electronically), which will help you to find journal articles on your topic. The following are the resources most appropriate to Art History. Consult a librarian for suggestions on Indexes appropriate to other fields.
  • 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
  • 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
    The Catalog of Art Museum Images Online (CAMIO) is a growing collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering a range of expressive forms. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    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.
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Web resources
The internet allows large numbers of people to publish. It is of utmost importance to remember that these sites are of greatly differing degrees of quality. The user must approach all sites with an open and critical mind, checking whenever possible, the credentials of the Web page publisher. Equally important is the intended audience of the page--scholar? Grammar school student? Etc. Check out the following examples: [Return to Top]

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