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ART 100 (History of Art) Course Guide: Find Books & eBooks

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

Finding books & ebooks

Tips: 

  • Search using words that might appear in the title, summary or subjects of a book
  • Try searching for artist's names rather than specific artworks
  • Try broadening your search to the artistic movement they are associated with, the time period, or their country of origin 

Print Books on Individual Artists

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Bosch
Location: 759.9492 DIX 2003

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Hieronymus Bosch
Location: 759.9492 BOS BEC 1994

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Pieter Bruegel and the Art of Laughter
Location:  759.9492 GIB 2006

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Courbet
Location:  759.4 RUB 1997

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David
Location: 795.4 LEE 1999

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Dürer
Location: 759.3 SMI 2012

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Friedrich
Location:  759.3 VAU 2004

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Hogarth
Location: 759.2 HAL 2000

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Monet and Impressionism
Location: 759.054 MON 1997

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Monet's Years at Giverny
Location: 795.4 MON

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Rembrandt
​Location:  759.9492 BOC 2007

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Rembrandt: the Painter Thinking
Location: 759.9492 VAN 2016

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Rembrandt
Location: 759.9492 WES 2000

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Rubens
Location: 759.9493 BEL 1998

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Turner
Location: 759.2 TUR 2003

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Vermeer
Location: 759.9492 FRA 2015

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Vermeer
Location: 759.9492 WHE 1997

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Vermeer
Location: 759.9492 VER 1995

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Vermeer
Location: 759.9492 WRI 2005

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Van Gogh
Location: 759.9492 VAN GRU 1994

Modern Art Books

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Andy Warhol 1928-1987
Location: 709.2 WAR AND

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Futurism​
Location: 709.04 HUM 1999

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Pop Art
Location:  709.04 MCC

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Postmodernism
Location: 709.0421 HEA

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Pop Art and the Origins of Post-Modernism
(ebook)

The American Century

Location: 709.73 PHI 1999 

Art of the 20th Century

Location: 709.04 ART 2013

100 Contemporary Artists

Location: 709.0511 ONE 2009 

Art of the 20th Century

(ebook)

Baroque Art

Baroque Art

Baroque art was artists' response to the Catholic Church's demand for solemn grandeur following the Council of Trent, and through its monumentality and grandiloquence it seduced the great European courts.

A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art

Presents a comprehensive collection of interdisciplinary essays that address major aspects of European visual arts produced from approximately 1300 to 1700, a period of artistic flourishing that many consider the beginning of modern history.

Baroque

Describes the essential characteristics of the Baroque which help one to gain an understanding of the style.

A Superb Baroque: Art in Genoa, 1600 - 1750 

This book features seventy paintings, with choice works by the school's few well-known painters. 

 

Christian and Byzantine Art

Byzantine Art

Endowed with the rich heritage of Roman, Eastern and Christian cultures, Byzantine artists developed an architectural and pictorial tradition, marked by symbolism, whose influence extended far beyond the borders of the Empire.

Early Christian and Byzantine Art

This book presents an appreciation of early Christian and Byzantine Art as a sublime expression of religious thought and feeling.

Christian Art : A Very Short Introduction

Explores the changing nature of the representation of key themes and subjects found in Christian art, covering the Eucharist, the crucifixion, the Virgin Mary, and the saints.

Byzantine Art

Mostly religious in function, but preserving the classicism of Greco-Roman art, Byzantine buildings and art objects communicate the purity and certainties of the public face of early Christian art.

Christ in Art

The Biblical Saviour is not a static, immaterial deity: Christ's mortal birth, unusual life and dramatic death make him an accessible subject for religious and secular artists alike. Whether they show the spirituality of God Incarnate or the earthly characteristics of a flesh-and-blood man.

Understanding Early Christian Art

Understanding Early Christian Art offers an insightful, erudite, and lavishly illustrated analysis of the meaning and message of early Christianity as revealed in the texts and images of the early Christians.

Asian Art

Chinese Art

Dealing not only with architecture, sculpture, and painting, but also with bronze and ceramics, this text offers a complete panorama of Chinese arts and civilisation.

Art of India

Characterised by its elegance, splendor, and Persian and European influences, Mughal Art manifests itself equally well in architecture and painting as in decorative art.

Early Buddhist Art of China and Central Asia

Presenting new studies on the chronology and iconography of Buddhist art during the Western Ch'in (385-431 A.D.) in northwest China, including Ping-ling ssu and Mai-chi shan, this book addresses issues of dating, textual sources, the five-Buddhas, and relation with Gandhara.

Indian Painting From Cave Paintings to the Colonial Period

This fascinating volume presents the art form for non-specialists, surveying the most notable styles and periods of Indian painting and offering an introduction to the legends and historic personalities that inspire its entertaining subjects.

 

Central Asian Art

A tour through Central Asia - Khirgizia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenia, and Uzbekistan - a cradle of Ancient civilisations and a repository of the Oriental arts inspired by Buddhism and Islam.

The History and Spirit of Chinese Art

Moves through the dynastic landmarks of Chinese artistic development with discussions of numerous art forms including paintings, architecture, dance and music, calligraphy, and literature.

From Stone to Paper: Architecture as History in the Late Mughal Empire

This book provides the first in-depth look at this crucial period of architectural history. Discussing a rich array of built forms and urban spaces—from grand imperial mosques to Delhi’s bustling thoroughfares—the volume sheds light on long-overlooked buildings. 

 

Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art, 1600-2005

Explores the transformation of Buddhism from the premodern to the contemporary era in Japan and the central role its visual culture has played in this transformation.

Hinduism and the Religious Arts

No study of either ancient or contemporary Indian culture can be undertaken without a clear understanding of Hindu visual arts and their sources in religious belief and practice.

Early Chinese Jades in the Harvard Art Museum 

Explores the history of jade, including in-depth entries on over one hundred objects. 

Arts of Japan

An account of the history of Japanese art which deals with the crafts as well as with the so-called fine arts and carry the story of Japanese art up to the present day

The Art of Contemporary China

This book redefines contemporary Chinese art in the last forty years since the end of China's Cultural Revolution, placing it in the context of unprecedented cultural, political and urban transformation. 

African Art

The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art

This book showcases 110 objects from the Dallas Museum of Art's world-renowned African collection.

African Art

Since the discovery of African art at the end of the nineteenth century during the colonial expositions it has been a limitless source of inspiration for artists who, over time, have perpetually recreated these artworks.

The Power of Gold

Focuses on a dazzling array of adornments and implements used by Asante royals and officials during the 18th century to the present day-providing a deeper understanding of the history, traditions, and visual arts of the Asante people, one of the thriving cultures of West Africa.

Traditional African Art

This illustrated study of traditional African art includes pieces from Western Sudan, the Congolese Basin, the Guinea coast, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and East and South Africa.

Yoruba art and language : seeking the African in African art

Offers new insights into Yoruba art and material culture by examining them within the context of the civilization's cultural norms and values and, above all, the Yoruba language.

Egyptian Art

This book introduces some of the most important Egyptian masterpieces, dating from the Old Kingdom during the third millennium BCE through to the Roman Period. 

Contemporary African Art

Contemporary African art has grown out of the diverse history and cultural heritage of a continent. This book examines the major themes, developments, and accomplishments in African art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 

eBooks on Individual Artists

Bosch

Botticelli

Courbet

Leonardo Da Vinci

Dürer

Fra Angelico

Francisco Goya

Hokusai

Michelangelo

Michelangelo: the Artist, the Man, and his Times

Monet

Claude Monet

Harmensz Van Rijn Rembrandt

Peter Paul Rubens

The Life and Masterworks of J.M.W. Turner

Vermeer and His Time

Art Movements, Genres, and Styles

Cubism

In cubist visual artworks, objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in an abstracted form -- instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context.

A History of Greek Art

Explores the rich historical, cultural, and social contexts of 3,000 years of Greek art, from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period.

Impressionism

Analysing the founding elements of the movement, the author follows, through the works of each of the artists, how the demand for individuality gave rise to modern painting.

Neoclassicism

Neoclassicism is a historical tradition or aesthetic attitude based on the art of Greece and Rome in antiquity.

Nudes

This book is devoted to representations of the nude by great artists from antiquity and the Italian Renaissance to French Impressionism and contemporary art; from Botticelli and Michelangelo to Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso and Botero.

Post-Impressionism

Post-Impressionists extended Impressionism while rejecting its limitations: they continued using vivid colors, thick application of paint, distinctive brush strokes, and real-life subject matter, but they were more inclined to emphasize geometric forms, to distort form for expressive effect, and to use unnatural or arbitrary color.

Rococo

Charts the rise and fall of the Rococo movement, from the beginning of the 18th century to its plunge into obscurity, before being restored to the radiance of its golden age a century later.

A History of Roman Art

A wide-ranging survey of the subject from the founding of Rome to the rule of Rome's first Christian emperor, Constantine.

Romanticism

Romanticism was a reaction against the Neoclassicism that invaded the nineteenth century, and marked a veritable intellectual rupture.

Surrealism

Surrealist artists delve into the subconscious and revel in juxtapositions of bizarre, unrelated objects. This book introduces the movement's key figures and their works, as well as exploring Surrealism's legacy. 

Abstract Art

Traces the origins and evolution of abstract art, placing it in broad cultural context. 

The Self Portrait 

Investigates seven centuries of self-portraiture and casts fresh light on the international appeal of this genre. Examines the historical contexts within which self-portraits developed, and considers the significance of self-portraiture today. 

Renaissance Art Books

History of Italian Renaissance Art

Provides an extended list of considered works and draws on the latest research to provide a thorough examination of the development of Italian Renaissance painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Larousse Encyclopedia of Renaissance and Baroque Art

Includes over 1,000 illustrations from 400 years of European art, chronicling the art and development of mankind during the Middle Ages, the Italian Renaissance, the Later Renaissance, and Baroque eras

The Great Masters:  Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian

Includes biographies and gossip about each artist, as well as colour reproductions of their works. 

Art in Renaissance Italy

Evelyn Welch shows how the traditional story of the Renaissance has altered in the light of recent findings, greatly enriching our understanding of the period and specifically the everyday lives of contemporary Italians.

Making Renaissance Art​

This book explores key themes in the making of Renaissance painting, sculpture, architecture, and prints: the use of specific techniques and materials, theory and practice, change and continuity in artistic procedures, conventions and values.

Viewing Renaissance Art

This book focuses on the values, priorities, and motives of patrons and the purposes and functions of art works produced north and south of the Alps and in post-Byzantine Crete.

Italian Renaissance Art

The author presents the most important and innovative artists and their principal works, with a clear emphasis on selectivity and understanding. Italian Renaissance Art also focuses on style and iconography, and on art and artists, incorporating different methodological approaches to create a wider understanding and appreciation of the art.

Medieval and Gothic Art

Gothic Art

Gothic art finds its roots in the powerful architecture of the cathedrals of northern France. It is a medieval art movement that evolved throughout Europe over more than 200 years.

Experiencing Medieval Art

The author considers functional objects as well as paintings and sculptures; the circumstances, processes, and materials of production; the conflictual relationship between art objects and notions of an ineffable deity; the context surrounding medieval art; and questions of apprehension, aesthetics, and modern presentation.

Medieval Illuminators and Their Methods of Work

This book presents a survey of manuscript illumination throughout Europe from the fourth to the sixteenth century. It discusses the social and historical context of the illuminators' lives and considers their methods of work. 

Early Italian Painting

Vacillating between the majesty of the Greco-Byzantine heritage and the modernity forecasted by Giotto, Early Italian painting summarises the first steps that led to the Renaissance.

Sculptural Seeing

Although perspective has long been considered one of the essential developments of Renaissance painting, this provocative new book shifts the usual narrative back centuries, showing that medieval sculptors were already employing knowledge of optical science, geometry, and theories of vision in shaping the beholder’s experience of their work.

Medieval Art

Stylistic and iconographic issues and themes are dealt with clearly, and the author presents medieval art in an aesthetic and social context so that it can be fully understood and appreciated. This book consists of twelve chapters and covers the period from the second to the fifteenth centuries.

A Companion to Medieval Art

Covers reception, formalism, Gregory the Great, pilgrimage art, gender, patronage, marginalized images, the concept of spolia, manuscript illumination, stained glass, Cistercian architecture, art of the crusader states, and more.

Islamic Art

Islamic Art and Architecture 

Embracing over a thousand years of history and an area stretching from the Atlantic to the borders of India and China, this is an unrivaled synthesis of the arts of Islamic civilization. This book traces the evolution of an extraordinary range of art forms, including architecture, calligraphy, book illumination, painting, ceramics, glassware, textiles, and metalwork. 

Art of Islam

Multicultural and multi-ethnical, this polymorphic and highly spiritual art, in which all representation of Man and God were prohibited, developed canons and various motives of great decorative value.

Islamic Art and Architecture

Traces the development of Islamic art and architecture from the Umayyad dynasty to the present day. Readers will learn about the art of the Fatimids, Seljuqs, Mamluks, Mongols, Ottomans, Safavids, Mughals, and more.

Envisioning Islamic Art and Architecture : Essays in Honor of Renata Holod

A collection of studies on the portable arts, arts of the book, painting, photography, and architecture spanning the medieval and modern periods and across the historical Islamic lands.

Perspectives on early Islamic art in Jerusalem

Analyzes early Islamic monuments on the Haram al-Sharif, or the Temple Mount: the Dome of the Chain, and the capitals with figures of eagles in the Dome of the Rock.

Islamic Arts and Crafts: an Anthology

Explores numerous aspects of the crafts of the Middle East from the processing of raw materials to the manufacture of finished artefacts.

The shaping of Persian art

While the impact of the Persian style is undeniably reflected in most aspects of the art and architecture of Islamic Central Asia, this Perso-Central Asian connection was chiefly formed and articulated by the Euro-American movement of collecting and interpreting the art and material culture of the Persian Islamic world in modern times.

The Origins of Visual Culture in the Islamic World

Focusing on painting and architectural works such as the first Fatimid mosque in al-Mahdiyya, Tunisia.

The Formation of Islamic Art

 The essays in this book seek to explore Islamic art through themes such as architecture, ornament, luxury art, and attitudes towards images.