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Art & Art History: Books

Finding Books in the Lee Library & in Other Libraries

  • ScholarSearch
    Find books, exhibition catalogs, journals, articles, and other electronic materials.
  • Other Libraries: Worldcat
    Find books in other libraries. You can find out if other libraries have additional materials on your topic, then order them through our Interlibrary Loan Services. Worldcat is a national consortia of libraries.

Subject Headings for Art Books

Art books are cataloged according to the following subject patterns:

MEDIUM | ex: painting, sculpture, installation

NATIONALITY | ex: art, French; painting, American

GENRE | ex: landscape painting; portrait painting

TIME PERIOD | ex: art, modern--21st century; painting, French--19th century

STYLE/MOVEMENT | ex: baroque; impressionism (art)

Museum and Exhibition Catalogs

Exhibition Catalogs have subject headings for the name of the artist featured in an exhibition and name of the museum or gallery. To find exhibition catalogs, use the keyword "exhibitions" and the artist's name. Ex: Matisse AND exhibitions

Museum Catalogs are catalogs of a museum's permanent collection, and are cataloged by the name of the museum and the subdivision "catalogs" in the subject. To find museum catalogs, use the keyword "catalogs" and the name of the museum. Ex: Metropolitan Museum of Art AND catalogs

Catalogues Raisonnés

A catalogue raisonné is a comprehensive compilation of an artist's body of works, usually containing descriptions, provenance, exhibition history, etc.

To find an artist's catalogue raisonné in the Lee Library, search the artist's name and the term "catalogues raisonnés" 
Ex: Van Gogh AND catalogues raisonnés

Check the current list of catalogues raisonnés in the Lee Library.

Additional Sources for Digitized Art Books

Getty Research Portal
Contains 170,000 digitized volumes from nearly 40 contributing institutions around the world. Free and open access to the digitized literature of art history.

Browsing Call Numbers

level 5  |  FLOOR MAP

N     visual arts in general
NA  architecture
NB  sculpture
NC  drawing, design, illustration
ND  painting
NE  prints
NK  design, decorative arts
NX  visual and performing arts
TR  photography
TS  industrial design (level 2)

Z 40-286  typography

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