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Art Library Research Guide: Starting Your Paper

Visit this research guide for books, articles, images, websites, and other resources for your art and art history classes.


Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art. 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson, 2008. Art Library N7476.B37


Sayre, Henry M.  Writing about art.  3rd ed.  Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1999. N7476.S29 1999

Subject Heading: Art criticism--Authorship.


Art History assignments often ask the student to study a single work of art, whereas the professional art historian rarely limits herself to a single subject in her books. An exception to this rule is Allen Lane's series Art in Context, each book of which is a comprehenisve study on single and famous work of art. For those students looking for a professional example of how an art historian would write an art history paper, these books are worth looking at.


Heller, Reinhold. Edvard Munch: The Scream. New York: Viking Press, 1973. Art Library ND773.M8H4

Hibbard, Howard. Poussin: the Holy Family on the steps. New York: Viking Press, 1974. Art Library ND553.P8H52

Powell, Nicolas. Fuseli: The Nightmare. New York: Viking Press, 1973. Art Library ND853.F85P68

Spector, Jack. Delacroix: The Death of Sardanapalus. New York: Viking Press, 1974. Art Library ND553.D33S62

Thomas, Hugh. Goya: The Third of May 1808. New York: Viking Press, 1974. Douglass Library ND813.G7T47

Series Heading: Art in context

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Many of the references on this page were found on Duke University's Art History guide by Lee Sorenson.

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