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Core Resources

Gateway to several important art historical reference tools, most notably, the Grove Dictionary of Art ("Grove Art Online") and Benezit Dictionary of Artists (2006 English ed.). Also includes The Oxford Companion to Western Art (2001), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2001), The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (1998), a database of images and more.
Art Index  (Indexing 1929+, Select Full Text 1997+)
Indexes and abstracts articles and reproductions of works of art from periodicals published throughout the world on all areas in the arts.
Full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with approximately 12-13,000 new entries being added each year.
Indexes journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.
Currently includes some indexing created by the Getty Research Institute (from the Bibliography of the History of Art, the former definitive scholarly resource--books and journals--for western art history). Indexing will continue in the coming months and may expand to include art from Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Indexes and abstracts articles, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and art exhibition and dealer's catalogs, covering European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Includes coverage for 1990-2007, as well as its predecessor index, RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of the Art), 1975-89, but no longer includes some indexing from RAA (Repertoire d'Art et d'Archeologie), 1973-89. See Marquand Z5937.R4 for paper index (RAA,1910-89).
Indexing for over 500 design and decorative arts journals and newspapers, covering all aspects of design from the mid-19th century to the present. See designinform for retrospective version, Design Abstracts Retrospective, covering titles back to c.1900.
An important design-related resource containing 3 separate databases: Design Abstracts Retrospective (see Design and Applied Arts Index), Design ProFiles (information on artists, designers, firms, etc.), and ReVIEW (digitized versions of international art and design journals from 1870s-1920s). Free research guides also available.
Digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

Important Resources

Online version of what began as the Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology in 1928 in Leiden, the Netherlands. Includes coverage of scholarly publications in Asian and European languages on prehistory, archaeology, art history, numismatics, material culture and more from South and Southeast Asia, and from Afghanistan, South China, Tibet and nearby regions. Annotated entries.
An important biographical resource, the online version includes all articles published to date, along with access to the predecessors of the AKL, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler von der Antike bis Zur Gegenwart (Thieme-Becker) and for the 20th century, Vollmer. Also includes the AKL's Bio-Bibliographical Index (A-Z), and the Kunstlerlexikon der Antike.
Abstracts from books, reports, conference proceedings, dissertations, and more, on the conservation and preservation of works of art, material culture and archaeological and architectural sites. Includes all volumes of AATA and its predecessor, IIC Abstracts.
Art Sales Catalogues online  (1600-1900)  
Images of complete historical art sales catalogues. Lugt's Repertoire online is the "entrance gate" to the images of the catalogues, and lists more than 100,000 art sales catalogues from libraries in Europe and the USA.
Note: Click on My Account or Price Database at the top.
There are two separate databases of illustrated art auction sales results on the site: Fine Art and Design, and Decorative Art. Search options include medium or object type, artist (for the former), and auction house or gallery. Art market performance reports (1988+) are also available to PU affiliates by e-mailing and noting the desired artist and medium (prints, sculpture, paintings, and/or works on paper).
Interdisciplinary resource containing most notably the full content--with continuous updates--of the ten-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010). Also includes many Berg e-books on fashion and other full-text reference titles, images from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute (the latter forthcoming), and links to a host of fashion-related content such as timelines, a directory of relevant dress collections, and journal articles.
Offers access to several million art auction records (sold works only) from 1922 to the present, and from sales held in North America, Europe, India and China. Also includes market data for key artists.
Note: To request larger versions of images, contact
From the producers of the Bridgeman Art Library for the commercial market, this image database contains more than 300,000 objects and covers all media, including photography, fine art, engravings, sculpture, architecture, archaeology, ethnography, history, science & medicine, decorative arts and artifacts.
CAA Reviews  (1998+)  
Substantial and scholarly book reviews of new art monographs and exhibitions. Published by the College Art Association, the professional organization for art historians, artists, students and museum professionals. Reviews are searchable and can be browsed by subject.
Searches the subject catalogs of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, the Bibliography of Iberian Archaeology from the German Archaeological Institute in Madrid, and the Archaeology of Roman Provinces from RGK Frankfurt.
Contains 3 separate databases for provenance research: archival documents from 1550-1840, auction catalogs from 1650-1840, and public art collections from 1500-1990.
Archive of medieval art, recording works of art produced without geographical limitations from early apostolic times up to A.D. 1400.
Index to art periodicals published in the United States during the 19th century. Indexes the entire contents of each journal, including advertisements and illustrations.
Texts of art criticism by notable French and other artists and writers, specifically focused on salons and important literary works written from 1741 to 1927. This important primary resource includes works of aesthetics, philosophy and art history by such individuals as Apollinaire, Balzac, Baudelaire, Chateaubriand, Delacroix, Diderot, Dumas, Falconet, Gauguin, Mallarme, de Maupassant, Michelet, Proust, Rodin, Sand, Stendhal, Viollet-le-Duc, Winckelmann, and Zola.
Full-texts of all issues of 3 Chinese Taipei NPM periodicals.
Describes art auction and rare book catalogs for sales from the late sixteenth century to scheduled auctions, not yet held. Records include the dates and places of sales, the auction houses, sellers, institutional holdings, and titles of works.
Vogue Archive  (1892+)  
Includes in full color every issue of American Vogue--including covers, images, advertisements and fold-outs--up to the present (with a time delay of a few months, for latest see Main Catalog electronic entry (partial) or Main Catalog print entry. Offers unique search limits to reveal types of content, text or image-based, including lists of fashion items and company/brands associated with specific images.

Related Resources

AP Images  (18-0s+)  
The Associated Press' photography archive, along with historical images dating back to the 1800s. Also includes audio, graphics and text.
Comprehensive and continually updated bibliographic dataset of the published literature pertaining to the anthropology of Mesoamerica. Content includes archaeology, ethnography, ethnohistory, art history, linguistics, physical anthropology, and other related disciplines. This resource is jointly supervised by John Weeks of the Museum Library of the University of Pennsylvania and Sandra Noble of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI).
Policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States.
Citations and abstracts to articles in multiple languages in the humanities and social sciences. Online version of Bulletin Signaletique, published by the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.).
Over 180,000 international auction and dealer sales for photographs of all styles and periods. Entries encompass 19th, 20th, and 21st century photographs as well as books and periodicals with original photographs.
Over 780,000 international auction results, covering prints, posters and books.
Bibliographic database of academic literature on ancient Egypt.
Bibliography of works on rare books available for consultation. Comprises over 600,000 pages of key out-of-print bibliographies that can be browsed online.

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