1. FIND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Browse online or print sources to identify specific artists/works of art 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 the "Background" tab and start with Oxford Art Online, where you can look up artists, movements, and various subjects or places.
Ex: Giotto (in Oxford Art Online)
2. FIND BOOKS
For more specific books, browse by medium, nationality, etc. in ScholarSearch. Ex: s= Sculpture, Greek
NOTE: If you can't find a whole book about a work of art, search by the artist, place, or movement.
3. FIND ARTICLES
To find scholarly articles in academic journals, you need to use periodical indexes.
Start with Art & Architecture Source and JSTOR (see Articles tab)
4. FIND IMAGES
You can also browse visually by century and location in the following Art Image Databases in this guide. Start with Artstor with keywords for topic, style, time period, etc. Ex: annunciation