Art and the History of Art Research Guide

A note on searching for exhibition catalogs:
Almost all Five College Library catalog records for exhibition catalogs contain the word "exhibitions," either as a subject term, or in the description. To find a catalog focused on a specific artist or topic, perform a keyword search that includes the artist's name (last name is often enough) and/or the topic word or words, and the word exhibition* (using the truncation symbol * will search for both the word exhibition and the subject term exhibitions).

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Web
  • Primary Sources
  • New Titles
Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Art Abstracts (1984 to present)
    Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.
  • Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
    Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.
  • Arts & Humanities Database
    Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
  • ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) (1974 to present)
    Citations to and abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art; some entries date back as far as the late 1960s.
  • ARTicles online ( (date coverage varies)
    Index of art historical articles, compiled by the University Library of Regensburg (Germany).
  • Arts:Search
    Resource for research into the history of modern design and the applied arts.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (1934 to present)
    Indexes more than 2,000 periodicals on archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.
  • BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art (1973 to present)
    Bilingual database on the history of post-classical western art. Also includes RAA (Repertoire d'Art et d'Archeologie) from 1973 to 1989 and RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art) from 1975 to 1989.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (1973 to present)
    Index to articles and books in Asian Studies, including humanities and social sciences.
  • British Periodicals
    Searchable full text of hundreds of British periodicals from the late 17th century to the early 20th, with high-resolution facsimile page images.
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) (1973 to present)
    Covers both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century.
  • Getty Publications Virtual Library
    Art historical research, exhibition catalogues, journals, and other full-text publications from the Getty Publications Archives.
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA) (1973 to present)
    Covers scholarly literature on western art including traditional visual arts as well as new media, architectural history, museum studies and conservation, archaeology, and classical studies.
  • ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1784 to present)
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online
    Interdisciplinary reference content and commentary, plus Quranic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines. Includes Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and other core reference works on Islam.
  • Worldcat Art Libraries (1906 to present)
    Access to Worldcat content, including the articles database of 200 million records, specific to the visual arts. Includes information on which libraries hold the material.
    Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)


Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Images Research Guide, and the Web tab of this guide).
  • Amherst College Digital Collections
    Digitized art works, photographs, manuscripts, books, and other media from Amherst College Archives & Special Collections and the library’s Art & Architecture Collection.
  • ARTstor
    Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.
  • Bridgeman Education
    A visual resource offering digital images of art, history, and culture from museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists.
  • Ubu-Web
    Large web-based educational resource for avant-garde material.
  • Aluka
    Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.
  • Rhizome ArtBase
    An online archive of new media art.
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.
Also see the Primary Sources research guide.
  • Aluka
    Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.
  • Ubu-Web
    Large web-based educational resource for avant-garde material.
  • MetPublications (1964 to present)
    Full-text access to out-of-print exhibition catalogues, collection catalogues, museum guides, and educational materials from the the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kiyossōne to kinsei nihonga satogaeri ten Frost Library; N2627.A6 K49 1990

My Hermitage (Piotrovskiĭ, M. B. (Mikhail Borisovich) author.) Frost Library; N3350 .P57 2015

Kyōto-shi Bijutsukan zōhin mokuroku 1993 Frost Library; N3750.K94 A55 1993 x

The 53rd annual Exhibition of Shōsō-in treasures = Shōsōin ten (Shōsōin (Nara-shi, Japan) 正倉院 (Nara-shi, Japan)) Frost Library; N3750.N36 A52 2001

Heisei ninen daiyonjūnikai Shōsōin Ten Frost Library; N3750.N36 A542 1990

Shiseidō Gyararī shichijūgonenshi : 1919-1994 Frost Library; N3750.T649 S55 1995

The Civil War in art and memory (Civil War in Art and Memory (Symposium) (2013 : National Gallery of Art (U.S.))) Frost Library; N386.U5 S78 v.81

On curating. 2, Paradigm shifts : interviews with fourteen international curators (Thea, Carolee, interviewer.) Frost Library; N408 .T543 2016

Radical museology, or, What's 'contemporary' in museums of contemporary art? (Bishop, Claire.) Frost Library; N410 .B57 2013

The incurable-image : curating post-Mexican film and media arts (Elhaik, Tarek, author.) Frost Library; N410 .T37 2016

Talking contemporary curating (Smith, Terry (Terry E.) author.) Frost Library; N4395 .S65 2015

Collecting art for love, money and more (Wagner, Ethan, author.) Frost Library; N5200 .W335 2013

Handbuch der kunstgeschichte (Springer, A. (Anton), 1825-1891.) Archives and Special Collections; N5300 .S7 1904

Beyond boundaries : connecting visual cultures in the provinces of ancient Rome Frost Library; N5763 .B49 2016

The art of wonder : inspiration, creativity, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art Frost Library; N582.6 .A97 2015

Unfinished : thoughts left visible Frost Library; N6350 .U54 2016

Gordon, Lozano, Ryman, Stanley Frost Library; N6487.C55 C53 1968 x

Industry and intelligence : contemporary art since 1820 (Gillick, Liam, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; N6490 .G485 2016

Other criteria : confrontations with twentieth-century art (Steinberg, Leo, 1920-2011.) Frost Library; N6490 .S74 2007

The artist as curator : collaborative initiatives in the international Zero movement 1957-1967 Frost Library; N6490.6 .A78 2015

Futurist painting sculpture : (plastic dynamism) (Boccioni, Umberto, 1882-1916, author.) Frost Library; N6494.F8 B62513 2016

Participation in art and architecture : spaces of interaction and occupation Frost Library; N6494.I57 P37 2016

Leben mit Pop : eine Reproduktion des kapitalistischen Realismus Frost Library; N6494.P6 L43 2013

M+M : 7 Tage Frost Library; N6494.V53 M6 2015 x

Resistance performed Frost Library; N6502.5 .R47 2015

The American school : artists and status in the late colonial and early national era (Rather, Susan, author.) Frost Library; N6507 .R38 2016

Michael Asher Frost Library; N6537.A8 M53 2016

Mel Bochner : illustrating philosophy (Wartenberg, Thomas E., author.) Frost Library; N6537.B578 A4 2015

Sarah Cain : the imaginary architecture of love (Cain, Sarah, 1979-, artist.) Frost Library; N6537.C323 A4 2015

Willem de Kooning nonstop : cherchez la femme (Krauss, Rosalind E., author.) Frost Library; N6537.D43 K73 2015

Ree Morton (Morton, Ree, 1936-1977.) Frost Library; N6537.M666 A4 2015

Sturtevant "Warhol Marilyn" (Lee, Patricia, author.) Frost Library; N6537.S798 L34 2016

Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei Frost Library; N6537.W28 A4 2015c

The pencil of nature (Winters, Terry.) Frost Library; N6537.W5678 A4 2015

Andrew Wyeth, looking beyond (Monroe, Erin.) Frost Library; N6537.W86 A4 2012 xx

Mounting frustration : the art museum in the age of Black power (Cahan, Susan, author.) Frost Library; N6538.N5 C34 2016

Painting the gospel : Black public art and religion in Chicago (Pinder, Kymberly N., author.) Frost Library; N6538.N5 P48 2016

Transference, tradition, technology : native new media exploring visual & digital culture Frost Library; N6549.5.A54 T73 2005

Elaine Ling (Ling, Elaine.) Frost Library; N6549.L56 A4 2015 xx

Armando Romero Frost Library; N6559.R66 A4 2015

Conversations in Colombia : Anañam-Yoh-Reya (Obrist, Hans Ulrich, author.) Frost Library; N6675.6 .O27 2015

Modernism and memory : Rhoda Pritzker and the art of collecting Frost Library; N6768 .M635 2016 x

George Lodge : artist naturalist Archives and Special Collections; N6797.L63 A4 1986

Jun Yang : The monograph project Frost Library; N6811.5.Y36 J86 2015

The artist and his critic stripped bare : the correspondence of Marcel Duchamp and Robert Lebel Frost Library; N6853.D8 A3 2016

Giacometti : pure presence (Moorhouse, Paul, author.) Frost Library; N6853.G5 A4 2015

Michael Endlicher (Endlicher, Michael, 1960-, artist.) Frost Library; N6888.E68 A4 2015

Public preposition, 2009-2015 : Mischa Kuball (Kuball, Mischa, 1959-) Frost Library; N6888.K788 A4 2015

Lotte Reiniger : Filmstills = film stills (Reiniger, Lotte.) Frost Library; N6888.R45 A4 2015

In the courts of religious ladies : art, vision, and pleasure in Italian Renaissance convents (Periti, Giancarla, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; N6915 .P47 2016

Rome 1600 : the city and the visual arts under Clement VIII (Robertson, Clare, author.) Frost Library; N6920 .R545 2016

Natalia Gontcharova : son œuvre, entre tradition et modernité (Bazetoux, Denise.) Frost Library; N6999.G64 A4 2011

The lonely city : adventures in the art of being alone (Laing, Olivia, author.) Frost Library; N71 .L24 2016

Ofelias y Ulises = Ophelia and Ulysses Frost Library; N7108.6 .O33 2001

Bioart kitchen : art, feminism and technoscience (Kelley, Lindsay, author.) Frost Library; N72.B56 K455 2016

Curating differently : feminisms, exhibitions and curatorial spaces Frost Library; N72.F45 C87 2016

The photographic object 1970 Frost Library; N72.P5 P49 2016

Cairo : images of transition : perspectives on visuality in Egypt, 2011-2013 Frost Library; N72.P6 C34 2013

Strike art : contemporary art and the post-Occupy condition (McKee, Yates, author.) Frost Library; N72.P6 M38 2016

Structural intuitions : seeing shapes in art and science (Kemp, Martin.) Frost Library; N72.S3 K394 2016

Practices of looking : an introduction to visual culture (Sturken, Marita, 1957-) Frost Library; N72.S6 S78 2009

Still hear the wound : toward an Asia, politics, and art to come Frost Library; N7260 .Z3613 2015

Tōyō bijutsu. Frost Library; N7262 .T65 x

Okakura Tenshin to Bosuton Bijutsukan = Okakura Tenshin and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Frost Library; N7336 .O434 1999

Shanghai modern, 1919-1945 Frost Library; N7347.S48 S53 2004

Ōhara Bijutsukan no 120-sen = 120 pieces of the Ohara Museum of Art. (Ōhara Bijutsukan. 大原美術館.) Frost Library; N7350.K87 A86 1994

Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan meihin zuroku (Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan. 奈良国立博物館.) Frost Library; N7352 .N37 1980

Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan meihin zuroku (Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan. 奈良国立博物館.) Frost Library; N7352 .N37 1993

Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan no meihō : isseiki no kiseki : tokubetsuten (Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan. 奈良国立博物館.) Frost Library; N7352 .N37 1997

Chishakuin no meihō : tokubetsu tenkan = Special display : treasures of Chishakuin Temple Frost Library; N7353 .C45 2001 x

Kitano Tenmangū shinpōten : tokubetsu tenrankai Sugawara Michizane-kō 1100-nensai kinen Frost Library; N7353 .K554 2001

Nihon kokuhō ten : Bunkazai hogohō 50-nen kinen Frost Library; N7353 .N525 2000

The Great Japan exhibition Frost Library; N7353.5 .G73 1981

Shiryō mokuroku Tokugawa Matsudaira-ke yukari no josei Frost Library; N7353.5 .S52 1990

Rinpa : miyako o irodoru Frost Library; N7353.6.S64 R56 2015

Kamakura no bijutsu. (Asahi Shinbunsha. Asahi Shinbunsha. Asahi Gurafu Henshūbu) Frost Library; N7357.K3 A75 1958

Nara, trésors bouddhiques du Japon ancien Frost Library; N7357.N3 N27 1996

Aida Makoto : tensai de gomennasai (Aida, Makoto, 1965- 会田誠, 1965-) Frost Library; N7359.A425 A4 2013

Hashiguchi Goyō : sōshoku e no jōnetsu (Hashiguchi, Goyō, 1881-1921, artist. 橋口五葉, 1881-1921, artist.) Frost Library; N7359.H37 A4 2015

Onchi Kōshirō ten = Onchi Koshiro (Onchi, Kōshirō, 1891-1955. 恩地孝四郎, 1891-1955.) Frost Library; N7359.O52 A4 2016

Silenced by history (Tomiyama, Taeko, 1921- 富山妙子, 1921-) Frost Library; N7359.T663 A4 1995

Miguk Bosŭt'on Misulgwan sojang Han'guk munhwajae = Korean art collection at the Museum of Fine Art Frost Library; N7360 .M53 2004

Everywhen: the eternal present in indigenous art from Australia Frost Library; N7401 .E955 2016

Crossing cultures (Hood Museum of Art, author.) Frost Library; N7401 .H66 2012 x

Remote avant-garde : aboriginal art under occupation (Biddle, Jennifer Loureide, author.) Frost Library; N7402.N67 B53 2016

Chinoiserie (Jacobson, Dawn.) Frost Library; N7429 .J32 1993

The meeting of Eastern and Western art (Sullivan, Michael, 1916-2013.) Frost Library; N7429 .S93 1997

Artists' books : the book as a work of art 1963-2000 (Bury, Stephen, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; N7433.3 .B87 2015

Threads Talk Series Frost Library; N7433.3 .T476 2016

Water safety (Fessler, Ann.) Frost Library; N7433.4.F47 W38 1989

Half dead flowers Frost Library; N7433.4.H57 A4 2015 xx

Train wreck (Vitale, Marianne, 1973-) Frost Library; N7433.4.V58 T73 2015

Entry points Frost Library; N7445.2 .E587 2015

Form as revolt : Carl Einstein and the ground of modern art (Zeidler, Sebastian, author.) Frost Library; N7483.E3 Z34 2015

Rafu : yōga nihonga Frost Library; N7573 .R34 1979 x

Art of the Amistad and the Portrait of Cinqué (Macaluso, Laura A., author.) Frost Library; N7628.C56 M33 2016

Women who read are dangerous (Bollmann, Stefan, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; N7632 .B6513 2016

Picturing Marie Leszczinska (1703-1768) : representing queenship in eighteenth-century France (Germann, Jennifer Grant, author.) Frost Library; N7639.M24 G47 2015

C.F. Tunnicliffe Archives and Special Collections; N7665 .T868 1995

Charles F. Tunnicliffe, R.A. : the composition drawings Archives and Special Collections; N7665 .T87 1986