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Subject Guide and Course Reading Lists


  • Refer to this guide at any point in your art history appreciation,
    reading, research papers, reference materials, analyzing individual artworks, or a specific artist, trend, technique, or practice. 
  • Includes sources across information formats from books to periodicals, databases, websites, and digital image collections. 
  • Read more about writing for art history including artist statements, research papers, analysis, and criticism.
  • Guide curation continually evolves to clearly distinguish art historical time periods, trends, styles, trends, artists, and regions, Provenance and Art Market Research.
  • If you don't see something, contact a librarian for additional support.



Recommended Image Collections by Topic

Digital Art History Directories

These high-quality collections are examples of questions where searchers can "assess sources of visual material and choose relevant artworks and images based on need (ARLIS/NA Information Competencies, p.18)

Art & Art History

Architecture & Interior Design

Search for Images in JStor

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Online Resources for Teaching Art History

Open Textbooks for Art History

Course Materials

Art History Library Catalogs and Bibliographies

Writing and Citing about Art History

See Also,

Art History Information Resources


Reference Books and eBooks, More than a general encyclopedia, specialized styles or historical encyclopedias include detailed entries on artists, styles, or movements alongside cultural context. In addition, rely on these thoroughly researched bibliographies and reference lists within specialized encyclopedias.

Search the Library Catalog and other important Art History Library Collections. 
New Books - Discover Art History and Philosophy publications in ebook and print book formats.

Monographs - books dedicated to a single artist or catalog raisonne.

Museum and exhibition catalogs

Websites dedicated to art history can include biographical information from artists' websites, through auction houses, podcasts, video records, museums, archives, and image library collections.

  • Read carefully, to understand the contextual results from your keyword search.
  • Use the website navigation and advanced search tools to locate rare collections. Some collections remain behind a paywall or are limited by local servers due to copyright restrictions. 

See Also, the Visual Resources Guide

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Search the NYIT Catalog for Electronic Resources

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Art History Websites

Important Art History Libraries & Collections

ARTH 602 ' Aesthetics and Theory' - Kaufmann

Library Resources for ARTH 602 - Aesthetics and Theory:


eBooks & Essays

Comic Propaganda Pages - Log In with google account

This is not propaganda, Chapter 3 & 4 - Log In with google account

‘Nature and Function of Critical and Creative Thinking’ (ebook)
'Fact Over Fake; A Critical Thinker's Guide to Media Bias and Political Propaganda' (ebook)
'How to Read a Paragraph, the Art of Close Reading' (ebook)
'A Thinker's Guide to Ethical Reasoning' (ebook)

Propaganda, Bernays, Edward L., 1891-1995 (ebook)

The Age of Spiritual Machines : When Computers Exceed human Intelligence, Kurzweil, Ray (ebook)

Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies : How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age,  Barclay, Donald A. (ebook)

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking for designers, Piotrowski, Christine M (ebook)

How Propaganda Works, Stanley, Jason (ebook)

Living with Robots, Dumouchel, Paul (ebook)

Playing Smart : on Games, Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence, Togelius, Julian (ebook)

The Curious Person's guide to fighting Fake News, McAfee, David G.(ebook)

The Myth of Artificial Intelligence : Why Computers Can't Think the Way We Do, Larson, Erik John (ebook)

Bad News : Why We Fall for Fake News, Brotherton, Rob (ebook)

Disinformation and You : Identify Propaganda and Manipulation, Jones, Marie D. (ebook)

Ethics in Design and Communication : critical perspectives, Scherling, Laura (ebook)

LaGarde, J. Fact vs. Fiction : Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News,

Bostrom, N. Superintelligence : Paths, Dangers, Strategies (ebook)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry Into Values, Pirsig, Robert M. (ebook)

The Singularity is Near : When Humans Transcend Biology, Kurzweil, Ray (ebook)

AI : its Nature and Future, Boden, Margaret A. (ebook)

Books in Print

Real World AI: A Practical Guide for Responsible Machine Learning, Alyssa Rochwerger 

The Quest for Artificial Intelligence : A History of Ideas and achievements, Nilsson, Nils J.

Artificial Intelligence : An Illustrated History : from Medieval Robots to Neural Networks, Pickover, Clifford A. 

McFarland, E. Blockchain Wars: The Future of Big Tech Monopolies and the Blockchain Internet, 

Artificial Intelligence: 101 Things You Must Know Today About Our Future - Updated Edition for Post-Covid-19 World, \ Rouhiainen, L

This is Not Propaganda : Adventures in the War against Reality, Pomerantsev, Peter (on order)

Comic Art Propaganda : a Graphic History, Strömberg, Fredrik (PN6714 .S77 2010)

New York Times  (* Register for free access to the here using your NYIT email address)

Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers

 Image Credit: L. Kaufmann.

New Books for Art History and Appreciation

Journals & Periodicals

Journals & Periodicals

  • Art historical periodicals/journals and magazines provide documentation and interpretation of art and ideas when they occurred. These include critiques, analyses, interviews of artists, individual works, exhibitions, and gallery reviews. Search across 1000s journals using indexed and/or full-text databases. 






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Art History Video

Film Databases:

Art & Art History Curation

Art Historians, Curators, and Exhibition Designers collect, interpret, and preserve the Arts. This field has a long history of exclusion and lacking diverse representation. Practitioners in the field have published these guides to move forward with more equitable recognition and collection of artists and their creative works

Art Market and Art Provenance Research

Trace the history of artwork ownership and valuations.Drawing of a painting auction by Honore Duamier (1808).

  • Art markets persistently influence art historical research. They serve as a place for identification, evaluation, and contextualization when new works or art collections change hands.
  • Art Markets document and define points in history for works of art, artist, or an artistic movement. When artworks come to market, these become dates in the artwork's provenance history. Auction listings and sales contribute to the story of an artwork.
  • Read more about the art market, in the Oxford Encyclopedia or dive into  the market research with these sources,

Image: Board Auction by Daumier, Honoré 2/26/1808, Marseille, France, 19.5 × 29.5 cm, paper, chalk
10.2.1879, Valmondois  - CC0.



The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Benn, Gift of New York City W. P. A., 1943 Benn, Ben. (1941). Still Life, Oil on Canvas, 24 1/4 x 30 in

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