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Iconography: Books

Finding Books in the Lee Library & in Other Libraries

About Arts Books

Art books and exhibition catalogs located in the Lee Library are found through the Library Catalog. Search by artist's name, artistic style, time period, country, nationality, museum name, or various keyword combinations. Art books have general subject headings according to:

 medium. ex: painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, etchings
nationality. ex: art, Dutch; painting, French
genre. ex: landscape painting; portrait painting; panel painting; genre painting
time period (century). ex: engraving, Dutch--17th century
style or movement. ex: baroque; symbolism



Exhibition Catalogs have subject headings for the name of the artist, subject of the exhibition, and museum or gallery. Use the keyword "exhibitions" and the artist's name or topic. ex: Van Eyck 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. Use the keyword "catalogs" and the museum name. ex: Rijksmuseum and catalogs 

 Catalogues raisonnés are complete compilations of an artist's body of works, usually containing images and provenance of all works. Search the phrase "catalogues raisonnés" and the artist's name. ex: Rembrandt and catalogues raisonnés

Subject Headings

Examples of subject headings to be used in  the Library Catalog:

Art and mythology
Art, Baroque
Art, Rococo

Art, Dutch--17th century--Themes, motives
Art, Netherlandish--Themes, motives
Art, Northern European
Art, Renaissance--Europe, Northern

Buddhist art and symbolism
Catholic church and art
Christian art and symbolism
Civilization, Medieval in art

Genre Painting, Dutch--17th century

Hindu symbolism
Holy spirit--symbolism
Human Figure in art

Idols and images
Islamic art and symbolism
Jesus Christ--art
Jewish art and symbolism

Painting, Dutch
Painting, Flemish

Panel painting--16th century
Panel painting, Flemish
Prints, Belgian
Prints, Dutch
Prints--16th century

Symbolism in art
Symbolism in architecture
Symbolism in the Bible
Symbolism of numbers
Signs and symbols

Fine Arts Librarian

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Christiane Ramsey
5447 Harold B. Lee Library

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