James H. Thomason Library

Art 352

Renaissance and Baroque Art History

Reference Sources

The Transfiguration of Christ, Raphael, 1516-20, oil on panel, Pinacoteca Vaticana
ARTstor Image Database

  Guides & Companions
  Art Images
Locating Books
   PASCAL Catalog
   WorldCat & I.L.L.
Locating Articles
  Article Databases
  Key Journals
  Journal Finder
Web Sites
  General Sites
  Art Associations
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Reference Sources    
Dictionaries   back to top

Dictionary of Art, Grove's Dictionaries, 1996.
Main Level, Reference:
R 703 D561D [34 vols]
Covers all aspects of the visual arts worldwide throughout time.

The Dictionary of Symbols in Western Art, Facts on File, 1995.
Main Level, Reference: R 704.946 C23D

Historical Dictionary of Renaissance Art.  [Netlibrary eBook Collection]. Lilian H. Zirpolo.  Scarecrow Press, 2008.

Signs and Symbols in Christian Art, Oxford University Press, 1955.
Main Level, Reference:
R 704.9482 F381S

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms [CREDO Reference], Thames & Hudson, 2003.
eReference book covering painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, the decorative, applied and graphic arts from all periods throughout the world up to the present day.

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of the Italian Renaissance [CREDO Reference], Thames & Hudson, 1985.
Includes entries covering music architecture war, diplomacy, religion, literature and social history, as well as the visual arts. Has comprehensive cross-referencing and glossary of Italian terms.

Encyclopedias   back to top

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance [CREDO Reference], Batsford/Market House Books, Ltd., 1987.
The Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance details the broad range of events, people, ideas and movements that together have come to represent the period from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. The encyclopedia also covers a complete range of general topics including art, architecture, literature, music, exploration, science, as well as religion and philosophy.


Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, Scribner's published in association with the Renaissance Society of America, c1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 940.21 En19E [6 vols]


    The Market House Books Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance
Guides & Companions   back to top

The Altarpiece in Renaissance Italy, Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Main Level, Reference: R 704.94820945 B893A 

The Art of Florence, Abbeville Press, 1987.
Main Level, Reference: R 709.4551 An25A
[2 vols]

Bloomsbury Guide to Art [CREDO Reference], Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd., 1996.
Survey of the history of art and architecture providing a fascinating insight into the origins and significance of the work of Western artists and architects, including entries on artists, theoretical concepts, and mythological and religious subjects and symbols. There are also contextualized entries on important individual works of art.

The Bulfinch Guide to Art History, Little, Brown & Co., 1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 703 B871B
A comprehensive survey and dictionary of Western art and architecture.

Bloomsbury Guide to Art

Great Prints & Printmakers, Abrams, 1967.  
Main Level, Reference: R 769.922 W41G

History of Italian Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, H. N. Abrams, 1979.
Main Level, Reference: R 709.45 H258

Biography   back to top

Gale Biography in Context [Thomson/Gale]
Search for a specific artist by name or for artists based on personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search. Includes full-text online from International Dictionary of Art and Artists; International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture; World Eras, Vol. 1: European Renaissance and Reformation (1350-1600); and Encyclopedia of World Biography which is also available in Main Level Reference: R 920.02 En19E [17 vols].

Dictionary of Art, Grove's Dictionaries, 1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 703 D561D [34 vols]
Covers artists worldwide throughout time.

Dictionary of Women Artists, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997.
Main Level, Reference: R 709.22 D561D [2 vols]
Includes the finest scholarship on women in art from the Middle Ages to the present day, in countries throughout Europe as well as America and Australia.


Art Images   back to top

Artcyclopedia [John Malyon]
Their mission is to become the definitive and most effective guide to museum-quality fine art on the Internet by providing a comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources while claiming to be "the fastest way to search the Net for information about fine artists."

Initiated at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the ARTstor Digital Library is comprised of approximately 300,000 digital images of visual material from different time-periods, cultures, and disciplines derived from several source collections that are the product of collaborations with libraries, museums, photographic archives, publishers, slide libraries, and individual scholars.  These source collections include The Carnegie Arts of the U. S., The Huntington Archive of Asian Art, The Illustrated Bartsch, The Mellon International Dunhuang Archive, and The Museum of Modern Art (New York) Architecture and Design Collection. ARTstor provides a wide range of visual materials for educational and scholarly use, and broader access to images of important art, architecture, design and archeological objects.


Bridgeman Art Library Archive [CREDO Reference], Bridgeman Art Library, 2008.
An outstanding archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections. Fine art as well as design, antiques, maps, architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, anthropological artefacts and many others are featured in the collection.

 Web Gallery of Art
A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 12th to mid-19th centuries, this site intended to be a free resource of art history primarily for students and teachers. It is a private initiative not related to any museums or art institutions, and not supported financially by any state or corporate sponsors while striving to use authentic literature and advice from professionals, to ensure the quality and authenticity of the content.

The Art of Florence, Abbeville Press, 1987.
Main Level, Reference: R 709.4551 An25A [2 vols]

The Art of Rome, H. N. Abrams, 1977.
Main Level, Reference:
R 709.37 An25A

Paintings in the Uffizi & Pitti Galleries, Little, Brown & Co., 1994.
Main Level, Reference: R 708.551 G861P


Great Centuries Of Painting Series:    

The fifteenth century, from Van Eyck to Botticelli, Skira, 1955.  
Main Level, Reference: R 750.94 L336F

The Sixteenth Century, from Leonardo to El Greco, Skira, 1956.
Main Level, Reference: R 759.03 V568S

The Seventeenth Century, The New Developments in Art from Caravaggio to Vermeer, Skira, 1951.
Main Level, Reference: R 750.903 D927S



Locating Books
THOMCAT back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Michelangelo, Buonarroti, 1475-1564 [as AUTHOR or creator]

  Rembrandt, Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669 [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to renaissance or baroque art:
  Art, Baroque
  Art, Renaissance
  • Materials relevant to the study of renaissance or baroque art may also be found by specifying the era or dates, geographic area, or the material type in which you are interested:
  Art, Renaissance--Germany--Exhibitions
  Christian art and symbolism--Modern period, 1500--Italy
  Painting, Italian--Italy, Northern--Exhibitions

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
mannerism AND intellect

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
(sacred OR religious) AND paint*

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:
paint* = paint, paints, painting, painter, painters

Beware truncating short words art* = article, arthritis

Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs & library databases


PASCAL Catalog back to top

PASCAL Catalog

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat & I.L.L. back to top


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan

ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check here for instructions.

Locating Articles  
Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

Academic Search Complete   [EBSCOhost] 
Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

ATLA Religion with ATLA Serials [EBSCOhost]   
A comprehensive reference database designed to support religious and theological scholarship in graduate education and faculty research. Contains citations from international titles and multi-author works related to the field of religion and full-text for over fifty of the six hundred journals indexed (1949-present).

Gale Biography in Context [Thomson/Gale]
Includes links to "magazine articles" on person searched. Click on the tab.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance [University of Toronto Libraries]
Indexes articles, abstracts, books, essays, and dissertations dealing with the Middle Ages and Renaissance or years from 400-1700.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. 

Key Journals back to top


Art Bulletin

Art Journal
Journal arranged thematically under a guest editor including articles by and about artists, exhibition reviews, book reviews and lists of books and catalogues received.

ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies
Art, architecture, published semi-annually by the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minnesota. 1988-present.

Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 1971-1995

Renaissance News
Published by the Renaissance Society of America from 1948-1966.

Renaissance Quarterly
Continues Renaissance News and absorbs Studies in the Renaissance. Published by the Renaissance Society of America. 1967-2006 issues available.


Journal Finder back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals,

magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject.

When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Web Sites
General Sites

[John Malyon]
A comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources on the Internet. Search for artist by name, art work by title, or museum or browse artists and art movements at this site.

Renaissance Art in Italy [Art History Resources on the Web, Christopher Witcombe]


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College Art Association

Renaissance Society of America

Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association


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