Visual Arts Research Guide

Background Information

The Dictionary of Art
"The Dictionary of Art is the most comprehensive work on art and culture ever published. A sample of its contents includes: 20,000 biographies; chronological surveys of the art and architecture of every country in the world; in-depth articles on cultures and civilizations past and present; information about 1,500 archaeological sites and 1,350 cities; discussions of styles and movements in art and architecture; detailed information about artist materials and their uses; articles on forms, themes, and subject-matter in art and architecture; as well as discussions of theoretical issues and entries covering the development of all forms of the decorative arts."

Encyclopedia of World Art
"The subject matter of the Encyclopedia consists of the representational arts in the broadest sense, that is, architecture, sculpture, and painting, and every other man-made object that enters the field of esthetic judgment because of its form or decoration." This work houses a vast amount of information in the study of art in general. Subjects covered include art history, culture, schools, artists of major importance, impact on religion and society, and art materials and techniques.

The Golden Encyclopedia of Art
In this encyclopedia, images of artwork are presented in chronological order. Images of "painting, sculpture, architecture, and ornament, from Prehistoric Times to the Twentieth Century" are presented in this work.

The HarperCollins Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques
This dictionary is indispensable to anyone wanting to know more about art terms and techniques. The entries are put in alphabetical order and cross-referenced, so it is very easy to find what you are looking for. The entries are also very concise and easy to understand, even for those who have no past history in the arts.

National Museum of American Art
This is a "multimedia (video, slide shows, sound) version of the National Museum of American Art. Includes more than 750 major works of art; complete background information including artist biographies and text/audio commentary by curatorial staff and some of the artists themselves; nearly two hours of supplementary video, slide presentations, audio clips, and animated segments; user-defined portfolios; extensive search and play tools; American art Reference volumes."

The Oxford Dictionary of Art
This dictionary is a concise guide to art terms and important artists. It contains short biographies on noted artists, as well as entries on art forms, terms, historical information, and materials used in art.

The Praeger Picture Encyclopedia of Art
This encyclopedia is "a comprehensive survey of painting, sculpture, architecture and crafts, their methods, styles and technical terms, from the earliest times to the present day." It contains "192 plates in full color and 416 illustrations in monochrome." It is categorized into sections by geographic location, art form, artist's name, and school of art. It has extensive information on the history of art.

Biography

Contemporary Artists
This resource has entries that include "a biography; a list of individual exhibitions; a selection of up to 10 group exhibitions; a listing of those public galleries and museums that have the work of the entrant in their permanent collection (again, up to a limit of 10); and a bibliography of books and articles by and about the entrant. As well, living entrants have been invited to make a statement on their work or on contemporary art in general, and to choose a photograph of a representative work. Critical texts have been provided by 125 contributors."

The Dictionary of Art
"The Dictionary of Art is the most comprehensive work on art and culture ever published. A sample of its contents includes: 20,000 biographies; chronological surveys of the art and architecture of every country in the world; in-depth articles on cultures and civilizations part and present; information about 1,500 archaeological sites and 1,350 cities; discussions of styles and movements in art and architecture; detailed information about artist materials and their uses; articles on forms, themes, and subject-matter in art and architecture; as well as discussions of theoretical issues and entries covering the development of all forms of the decorative arts."

Encyclopedia of World Art
"The subject matter of the Encyclopedia consists of the representational arts in the broadest sense, that is, architecture, sculpture, and painting, and every other man-made object thatenters the filed of esthetic judgment because of its form or decoration." This work houses a vast amount of information in the study of art in general. Subjects covered include art history, culture, schools, artists of major importance, impact on religion and society, and art materials and techniques.

Folk Artists Biographical Index
This is "a guide to over 200 published sources of information on approximately 9,000 American folk artists from the seventeenth century to the present, including brief biographical information; a full bibliography of sources cited; art locator, ethnicity, geographic, media, and type of work indexes; and a directory of nearly 300 institutions where the works of the artists are located."

International Dictionary of Art and Artists
This dictionary is arranged in two volumes. The first "lists in alphabetical order the most important artists from the 13th to 20th centuries." Each entry includes facts about the career of the artist, a list of collections of his work, a bibliography, and a critical essay about the work of each artist. The second volume "discusses some 500 individual works of art, arranged in roughly chronological order."

Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-century American Folk art and Artists
This encyclopedia contains biographical information on 257 modern day folk artists. Each entry contains a section on biographical data, general background, artistic background, art subjects and sources, materials and techniques, and artistic recognition for all of the artists presented.

Who was Who in American Art
This source was "compiled from the original thirty volumes of the American Art Annual." The nearly 25,000 biographical entries here cover artists who were active from 1898 to 1947 in any number of areas within the field of visual arts.

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