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Location on the Shelf
Art books are located in the N Range of Books.
|N Visual arts
NE Print media
NK Decorative arts
NX Arts in general
WAM Books @ Assumption
An image of the work you selected may appear in one of these WAM books.
- You may need to look up both, Picasso AND Cubism to find good resources. Or "Girl with a Pearl Earring" AND Vermeer.
- To tell the catalog to search for a phrase, place the phase inside of "quotation marks."
- You can also try including the words : criticism, analysis, or interpretation.
- Remember to look at the bibliographies of works, to find more on your topic.
- Limit your search to "Reference" if you just need a quick definition.
No Books About Your Artist?
Try looking for sources that talk about the "school" or movement your artist is related to, like Dutch Genre Painting, post-Impressionism, or Flemish Still Life.
Even if these sources don't mention your artist by name, you can discover what was *typical* of this type of work, and then you can determine whether your painting fits well with other works of the period/location, or whether it is a departure.
Print Reference Books
If your chosen work depicts a folk tale, biblical or mythological story, or a symbol, you try consulting any of these Reference Books:
Encyclopedia of Religion by
Publication Date: 2004-12-17
If the work represents a story from the Bible, and you want to research it, try starting with an encyclopedic description.
Dictionary of Classical Mythology by
Call Number: BL715 .B44 1982
Publication Date: 1982-01-01
Mythological stories and characters commonly appear in works of art. If this is the case in the work you are researching, try this title.
Signs & Symbols in Christian Art by
Call Number: N7830 .F37 1973
Publication Date: 1966-12-31
Researching a work of art with a Biblical theme? Try this book to decode any symbolism that may have you stumped.
The Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols by
Call Number: AZ108 .B4313 1994
Publication Date: 1994-10-01
If you have a specific symbol represented in the work, try looking it up here. For example, the pear tree in China represents a symbol of mourning. We have several other books, just use the search term, "symbol" to see.
Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art by
Call Number: N7560 .H34 1974b
Publication Date: 1974-01-01
Use this source if you need information about symbols or subjects depicted in the work you are researching.