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FAH 216 - Baroque Art


The following guide is intended to provide an overview of some of the resources available in the library and online for the study and research of European art and architecture created in the Baroque period, ca. 1590-1700. For further research assistance, please take advantage of the reference services available to you in the Geisel Library. Stop by the Reference Desk in person or online at Ask a Librarian.


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FA 216:  Baroque Art


Resources for Background and Reference

Reference books are shelved by Library of Congress call number in the reference stacks near the reference desk. They may not be checked out, but photocopiers are available on the lower level of the Library. Online reference sources can be found in the library catalog, or listed on E-Reference Resources. Use reference resources to find background information on religion, social issues, historical periods, and themes being addressed in this course.

Oxford Art Online
This database provides access to the full contents of The Grove Dictionary of Art and The Oxford Companion to Western Art, two highly-regarded multi-volume reference resources in the fine arts. View over 3000 thumbnail art images, conduct keyword searches, or browse the database by geographic area, time period, or art form. This source is particularly useful for researching the biography of an artist.

New Catholic Encyclopedia 2nd Edition
This resource is "prized for its scholarly presentation of persons and subjects related to Catholicism and the humanities."

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
This fully-searchable reference document encapsulates the thinking of different eras and cultures.

Oxford Reference Online
This collection comprises over one million dictionary definitions, facts, figures, people, places, sayings, and dates from 150+ of Oxford's central English and bilingual dictionaries, usage, quotations, and subject reference books. Important titles for this class include The Oxford Companion to Western Art; The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists; and A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Art and Humanities Through the Ages:  The Age of Baroque and Enlightenment 1600-1800
     Ref NX440. A787 v. 5

The Lives of Modern Artists, Sculptors and Architects (the 17th century)
     Gen N6756. B4413

Iconography and Symbols

Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art
     Ref N7560 .H34

Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography
     Ref N7560 .E53

The Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture
     Ref N7830 .M87

Signs & Symbols in Christian Art
     Ref N7830 .F37

Source Material

Documentary History of Art: Michelangelo and the Mannerists: the Baroque and the eighteenth century
     Gen N5303 .H762 v.2

The History of the Popes: from the close of the middle ages: drawn from the secret archives of the Vatican and other original sources
     Gen BX955.P35

Italian Art and Spanish Art, 1600-1750: Sources and Documents
     Gen N6916.E5

Seventeenth Century Barberini Documents and Inventories of Art
     Oversize N5300 .B52

Materials to Assist with Writing the Research Paper

Dictionary of Art Terms
     Ref N33 .L75 2004

A Guide to Writing About Art (University of Iowa)

A Short Guide to Writing about Art
     Ref N7476 .B37 2003
     Online: Art History Writing Guide

Writing about Art
     Ref N7476 .S29 2002

Writing the Art History Paper (Dartmouth)


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Find Books/Secondary Sources

Subject Headings Suggestions for the online Catalog

Art, Baroque

Arts, Baroque

Art, Rococo

Architecture, Baroque

Architecture, Rococo

Painting, Baroque

Catholic Church - Art

Artists, Italy

Painters - Italy

Art, Modern - 17th Century

Art, Modern - 18th Century

Art - Technique

Artists' Materials

Keywords to consider when using the online Catalog. Consider combining keywords using the connector "and".

  • Name of artist
  • Name of period
  • Type of artwork:  altarpiece, painting, etc.
  • Geographic area:  Florence, Netherlands, etc.
  • Media of the painting:  architecture, painting, sculpture
  • Name of museum where painting is located - you may find more information in a museum catalog

If you are unable to locate materials in the Geisel Library Catalog, search libraries worldwide using WorldCat.


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Find Journal Articles

Below are several databases that may yield useful journal articles for your research. Some focus on art and architecture criticism while others will provide historical, theological, and socio-cultural context for your area of study. Try searching on the same keywords that you used in the book catalog. Remember to use Boolean operators and wildcards (the asterisk symbol) to improve your search.

In the results screen, if there is no full-text link readily available, click on the WebBridge icon to determine whether the journal is available in the Geisel Library or in full-text via another electronic database. If the article isn't available, consider clicking on the Interlibrary Loan link to request a PDF copy of the article from another library. Articles requested via ILL will be delivered to your email inbox within about a week. Please read the WebBridge info carefully. If the book or article is already available at Saint Anselm College, you will not be able to obtain it through Interlibrary Loan.

Academic Search Premier
Gain access to full-text articles and citations from a wide range of journal titles, covering the arts and more.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Provides indexing to the world's leading arts and humanities journals and includes articles, bibliographies, editorials, letters, and reviews. (1980–present)

Historical Abstracts
Provides abstracts to journal articles, books, and dissertations covering world history from 1450 to the present (excluding North America).    Journal List (PDF/59KB)

LexisNexis Academic
Find full-text newspaper articles from local, national and international papers. Gain access to full-text general reference information as well.

New York Times
"The New York Times (1851-2003) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue."

Times of London
The digital archive of 200 years of London's leading newspaper (1785-1985). The collection includes full page images with fully searchable text.

A large collection of back issues of major journals in the humanities and social sciences, including the Arts and Asian Studies. Coverage is generally from the beginning of publication to within 5 years of the current issue.

Project MUSE
"Project MUSE provides online, worldwide, institutional subscription access to the full text of more than 200 scholarly journals in arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics."    Journal List

This bibliography pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) also offers full-text articles of Renaissance Quarterly (2000-current), Early Theatre (1998-current), and Renaissance and Reformation (2000-current). There are citations for journal articles (1842-current), reviews, bibliographies, abstracts, and more. (1784-current)     Searching Guide

Databases for Religious Topics

Catholic Periodical & Literature Index
Search this index for citations from Catholic periodicals, books, newspapers, and papal documents dealing expressly with the practice of Catholic faith and lifestyle.

New Testament Abstracts
Thousands of article and book abstracts and citations related to New Testament scholarship are available in this database. Some linked full-text articles are available.

Old Testament Abstracts
Thousands of article and book abstracts and citations related to Old Testament scholarship. Topics include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, and philology. Some linked full-text articles are available.

ATLA Religion Database
This database is an essential resource for research in theology and humanities, and covers all religious traditions, though the strongest coverage is for materials dealing with the Judeo-Christian tradition. It provides citations and some full-text articles.

Religious and Theological Abstracts
Search here for citations and summaries of articles appearing in scholarly religion and theology journals from around the world - Christian, Jewish, and other world religions are covered.


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Find Images

Connect to ARTstor to access a half-million images and related text. These images can be printed for use in your paper, or included in PowerPoint demonstrations. Ask a Reference Librarian if you require assistance using ARTstor.

Images are also available from JSTOR, Oxford Art Online, and Google Images.


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Selected Websites

Baroque Art

Medici Archive Project

Europe 1600-1800 Metropolitan Museum of Art

Web Gallery of Art - European Painting and Sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque Periods


Currier Museum of Art

Fogg Museum, Harvard University

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Frick Collection

Metropolitan Museum of Art

National Gallery of Art

Yale University Art Gallery


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Citing Sources

Work cited in this class should use the formats as described in the Chicago Manual of Style, available at the Library's Reference Desk (Ready Ref. Z253 .U69 2003). See the library's Citing Sources guide, which provides online examples for Chicago/Turabian.


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