Art: Subdivisions
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General guidelines

   Subject subdivisions

  SCM memos

Special topics
  Art Catalogs
  Individual works of art
  Architects & firms

  Artist names
  Church names

Reference sources

  French (doc)
  German (doc)
  Italian (doc)
  Spanish (doc)


ARLIS exhibition catalog best practices

Subdivision rules for Art subject headings

Art and Fine Art

SCM Memo H 1250 (Art and Fine Art) explains the basic subject heading pattern for art:

650 _0 ‡a [art form with national, regional, ethic or religious qualifier] ‡z [place of origin] ‡y [period subdivision]

650 _0 ‡a Art, French ‡z France ‡z Paris ‡y 21st century.
650 _0 ‡a Sculpture, East Asian ‡y 18th century.
650 _0 ‡a Painting, Buddhist ‡z France ‡z Paris ‡y 21st century.

H 1250 (Art and Fine Art) says this about the use of |x History with Art and Fine Art headings:

"Use the subdivision ‡xHistory only for headings assigned to general, all-inclusive items, for example, Painting‡xHistory.  Do not use ‡xHistory for materials limited to one country nor under form divisions of the type ‡Art, ‡xIllustrations, ‡xPortraits; etc.  The subdivision ‡xHistory and criticism is not used with art headings."

H 1647 (History) says this about the use of ‡xHistory with Art and Fine Art headings:

"Do not use ‡xHistory under … art genre headings qualified by names of national, ethnic, or religious groups."

Architecture and Photography

Architecture and Photography follow the standard subdivision rules for other topical headings  (see: SCM H 1647 History):

650 0 ‡a Architecture ‡z France ‡z Paris ‡x History ‡y 21st century.
[there is a heading Architecture, French, but it’s used only for French architecture in other countries or regions.]

650 0 ‡a Photography ‡z East Asia ‡x History ‡y 20th century.
650 0 ‡a Church architecture ‡z Italy ‡z Rome ‡x History ‡y 17th century.