1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Browse online or print sources to identify specific artists from different centuries. There are several reference books that can give you a good start, located by the Humanities Help Desk on level 5. See also online sources such as Oxford Art Online, where you can look up artists, movements, and various subjects or places.
2. FIND BOOKS (LIBRARY CATALOG)
You can also browse by century, nationality, and medium in ScholarSearch, our Library Catalog.
Ex: painting AND French AND 18th century
3. FIND IMAGES
Browse in one of the image databases to locate images from a specific time period, subject, or artist. Start by using ARTstor.
4. FIND ARTICLES
To find scholarly articles in academic journals, you need to use periodical indexes. Start with Art Source and JSTOR.
5. FIND INFORMATION ABOUT AN ARTIST/OR WORK OF ART
Once you identify an artist, look for specific books or exhibition catalogs in ScholarSearch and articles in the periodical indexes.
If you can't find a whole book about the artist, look for books about the time period, style, etc.
Consult other Subject Guides as appropriate, for Iconography, Architecture, etc. listed under the tab "Related Guides".