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ART 100 (History of Art) Course Guide: Home

This guide will help you find books, articles, and websites on art history. The guide was created to support students in Art 100.

This guide provides you with art books, ebooks, and online resources to help you get started with your research.

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Key Resources

New Art Books

Beauty and Identity

This volume features 150 works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's rich holdings of Islamic art. The objects--including pottery, enameled and gilded glass, inlaid metalwork, carved ornamental stone and wood, woven textiles, and manuscripts--span the area from southern Spain to northern India, and range in date from the 7th century to the modern era.

A Chronology of Art

A fresh take on the history of art, using cultural timelines to reveal little-known connections and influences between artworks and artistic movements.

In the Beauty of Holiness

This comprehensive study of Christian fine art explores the relationship between beauty and holiness and integrates aesthetic perspectives from the ancient Hebrew Scriptures through Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant down to contemporary philosophers of art.


Presents brief profiles of over eighty major artists throughout history, providing the historical context in which each artist worked, their influences, and legacies.

Vermeer in Detail

Introduces readers to the great Dutch artist through 140 beautiful and evocative details from his paintings.

Picturing the Apocalypse: the book of Revelation in the arts over two millennia

An in-depth look at the book of Revelation in art, its meanings and interpretations.

Gothic Art
Gothic Art introduces the medieval art movement that evolved through Europe over 200 years. Includes descriptions of Gothic architecture, painting, and sculpture.

Mosques: splendors of Islam
Mosques illustrates the development of the basic mosque structural and decorative elements through sixty examples. 

Romanesque art
This work endeavours to restore the importance of Romanesque art which is often overshadowed by the later Gothic style.

Sight and Spirituality in Early Netherlandish Painting
Examines the centrality of visual experience as a narrative and thematic concern in art of the early modern Low Countries. 

Chinese art close-up
This book presents a striking and unusual view of a wide array of Chinese art. It highlights, close up and in colour, outstanding examples of design and craft in paintings, prints, metalwork, ceramics, jade and lacquer.

Masterpieces, medieval art
The book highlights the British Museum's medieval collection, and explores topics including devotional art and pilgrimage, royal patronage and the arts of love, and leisure and feasting.

Impressionism: the art of landscape
This book draws on the latest scholarly research to reveal new perspectives on the techniques and influences of Impressionist landscapes.

Michelangelo and the Viewer in His Time

The author brings together new research to show how Michelangelo's art was seen in its own time.

Music, Sound, and Architecture in Islam

Tracing the connections between music making and built space in both historical and contemporary times, this book brings together domains of intellectual reflection that have rarely been in dialogue to promote a greater understanding of the centrality of sound production in constructed environments in Muslim religious and cultural expression.

‚ÄčThe text is illustrated by hundreds of oversize, superbly reproduced photographs.

Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces
Art in Detail analyzes the fine details of 100 well-known works of art, including artistic techniques and hidden symbols. The book also examines external factors that shaped each artist's work. Find this book in our reference collection!

Cezanne, Murder and Modern Life
Offers an original approach to early French modernism, one informed by the art's unprecedented psychological intensity. 

A History of Pictures
‚ÄčEach chapter addresses an important question: For example, why is the 'Mona Lisa' beautiful and why are shadows so rarely found in Chinese, Japanese and Persian painting?