Art and Artists

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

More About Your Artist or Artwork

1) Search these two encyclopedia databases for overviews and basic information about your artist and/or artwork.

  • Also search for information about the artist's techniques, historical events that affected their work, etc.
  • Make sure to copy the MLA citation for each source. 


2) Then, find books and articles with the "Start Your Research" search box below. It will search across 100 library book, article and video databases. 

  • Limit your search to E-books, Print Books, or Articles
    • For ebooks: you can download chapters as PDFs. 
    • For books, search for a broad topic: the artist's name, location or genre.
      • Examples:   Degas       Pyramids      Impressionism
      • To borrow print books for Fall 2020, sign in to the library's search box using your college username/password to get full access.

      • Request to borrow print books from the library's search box page by clicking on a print book link and fill in the Request for pickup at Library Circulation Desk..The staff will check out the book to your account.

    • For articles from magazines and newspapers, click Advanced Search and add a second concept to narrow your search. 

      • Degas AND ballet               Pyramids AND Giza             Impressionism AND watercolor*
        tutan* AND egypt                Ramses AND Aswan         
      • 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. 


History of Art

Book about Mythology

To Search for More Art Books

If you are searching for a particular artist, enter the artist’s name in the search box. More ideas are below. 

  • You can limit your search to print books. Log in to your library account to request to pick up a book at the circulation desk. 
  • Use “and” to find books covering two or more subjects: painting and war, for instance. 

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

SUNY Adirondack's Art Collection

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

Art in New York State