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Art Library Research Guide: Renaissance Art

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

Catalog Subject Headings

Art, Renaissance

Art, Renaissance--Italy

Painting, Renaissance

Sculpture, Renaissance

Raphael, 1483-1520

Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564

Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519

What is it?

Generally regarded as a rebrith of Classical themes in European art which began in the 14th century and culminated in the first two decades of the 16th century with the High Renaissance in Italy.

Electronic Resources

First check resources in the Find Articles tab of this LibGuide, and then return here for more specific materials.

The Years of the Cupola (Gli Anni della Cupola): A digital archive with textual and structural sources about the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. It covers the years 1417-1436, during the time when the Dome of Brunelleschi was designed and assembled.

BIVIO (Biblioteca Virtuale On-Online): A digital library for studies in Italian Art History, containing full-text resources from major artists of the Renaissance. In Italian.

Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists: A digitized version of Gaston C. DeVere's English translation of Vasari's Lives. Still in the process of being completed.

Kubikat: The collective catalogue of four of the leading German scholarly research institutes in the field of Art History: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Max-Planck-Institut (; Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich (; Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte / Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art in Paris (; and Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome (

Saint Margaret (1518-1520) by Raphael


Some of the resources on this page were gathered from NYU's The Institute of Fine Arts guide by Michael Hughes.

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