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Art and Art History: Reference

Gateway into art and art history resources at UT and beyond


Sibyl Reading a Book

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, Fine Prints Collection.

Useful Databases & Websites

Art Resources at TMA

See the Toledo Museum of Art Reference Library for a repository of online art resources, from an art terms glossary to a glass dictionary, from the Union List of Artist Names to an art history timeline, and much more.

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)

Search the Bibliography of the History of Art, now hosted by the Getty Research Institute.  Find here catalog information for books, journal articles and book reviews (both European and American) published between 1975 and 2007.  Includes abstracts. 

(see list of journals indexed)


More Biographies - from Biography in Context (Gale)

Type in your favorite artist or architect!  Historic or contemporary.  Get encyclopedic information, news, and journal & magazine article references, including some in full-text -- with audio translation!  Links also to other sites and primary media sources.  The most prominent and historical 150 or so artists are featured in portal pages, but many more are searchable and linked throughout the database.


Directories: MUSEUMS


 Click on arrows below < > for new random museum:


Glossary of Terms not found elsewhere

  • Floriography:  the use of flowers, plants and blooms (and their colors and arrangements) as symbols in art to portray encoded messages, usually pertaining to mythological and literary themes of nature and morality.

please feel free to suggest a term to the owners of this guide.

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