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Art History

Getting Started with Art Research

Art history not surprisingly is an interesting intersection of both visual art and cultural history and experience, and often the resources you draw from fit into an intersection of both. 

  • an image showing an earthenware horse from a Chinese burial site, dated to 180 BCE to demonstrate that one would need to look for information in many places to discuss this object: figures/horses in Chinese art, Chinese earthenware, and/or burial practices.Write down key words, phrases, names, and dates that might relate to your topic.
  • Consider variant spellings of names, particularly those transliterated from non-Roman alphabets like Hebrew, Arabic, or Chinese. 
  • Often you have to think more broadly than your specific artist, artwork, or architectural example in order to find relevant sources.

Unknown Artist. Horse and Rider. Earthenware with traces of pigment. 31-1/2 x 29-3/4 x 11-1/2 in. (80.0 x 75.6 x 29.2 cm). Minneapolis Institute of Art. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Accessed 6 Oct. 2023.

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Reference Resources for Art & Art HIstory

Subject encyclopedias can be great tools for getting background information at a broad level in a new focus area. Entries are usually signed by the author (who is often a scholar in the field) and often include a bibliography which can take you to additional, more focused resources. 

magnifying glassPRO TIP: Use fewer and broader terms when searching in subject encyclopedias for best results, such as Greek Red Figure. 

Local Resources and Organizations

A handful of links to local resources and organizations here in the Twin Cities.