Art and Artists

Welcome to the Art and Artists research guide! Start your art history research here.

More About Your Artist or Artwork

1) Start by searching these encyclopedia databases for overviews and basic information about your topic: 


2) Then, find books and some articles with the Start Your Research Here box below. It will do a shallow search across 100 library databases. 

  • Limit your search to Print Books/Circulating and/or E-books (electronic books). 
  • To search for books, start with broad topic such as the artist's name, location or genre. Examples: Degas   Pyramids   Impressionism
  • To search for articles, use Advanced Search and add a second concept. 
    • Degas AND ballet               Pyramids AND Egypt               Impressionism AND watercolor*
    • Limit the search to peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles if wanted.

Book & Article Search Box

   Start Your Research Here: 

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Symbolism and Composition

This well-known book lists the detailed lives of 2,565 saints: 

Butler, Alban, et al. Lives of the Saints. 
Call number: BX 4654 .B8 1956 Vol. 1-4. 

Graffiti Art


More Art Books

Book about Mythology

History of Art


Regional Interest

SUNY Adirondack's Art Collection

This database lists the works in the SUNY Adirondack campus art collection:


Books on Reserve at Circulation Desk

To Search for More Art Books

If you are searching for a particular artist, simply enter the artist’s name in the search box, or search for books on topics like these: 
Art History
Painting, Modern 20th century
Architecture United States
Art, Italian
Painting, Dutch
Art, Renaissance Italy
Persia (or, use: Iran History)
Painting History
Middle Ages
Modernism Art
Art, Greek History
Art, Egyptian
Art, Ancient Egypt
Biography Renaissance
Egypt Antiquities
Abstract Expressionism

Use “and” to find books covering two or more subjects: painting and war, for instance, finds books on both subjects together. 


United States