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Art History, Art, and Design

Use this guide to identify resourcees in Art History, Contemporary Art, Studio Art, Design, Applied Arts, and Architecture

Images & Research: Getting Started

If you're researching a work of art or object you saw at a museum, you can usually look it up on the museum website. In preparation for your research, while you are looking at the art, write down or photograph all the information you can about the work:

  • title
  • artist
  • date or approximate date of creation
  • medium
  • country of origin of artist

There are some well known challenges  with "art history" research (compared with contemporary art). There are untitled works, works with similar titles, and works made by artists who made work on behalf of another artist. Librarians at Pace and at NYC museums can work with you to  help you find articles and books about a specific work of art.

Mademoiselle V. . . in the Costume of an Espada, Edouard Manet (French, Paris 1832–1883 Paris), Oil on canvas

A popular assignment at Pace is researching a work of art in a museum, often The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met provides useful information on its website, so we recommend you click here and then  type in the name of the art work or the artist and keywords  (in this case, Manet and Mademoiselle works). Here is the page about this painting.


How to Write About Art: Books to Help

Finding Art Crticism & Reviews

Art reviews and criticism can be a helpful way to learn more about artists and works of art. Reviews are published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as trade publications like magazines, or even newspapers. Books are also a great source of academic or scholarly writing about art. Click on the Articles & Databases tab on the left menu for suggested resources to locate scholarly material about art subjects.