Art & Archaeology

Core Resources

Oxford Art Online

Gateway to several important art historical reference tools, most notably, the Grove Dictionary of Art (Grove Art Online) and Benezit Dictionary of Artists (2006 English ed.). Also includes The Oxford Companion to Western Art (2001), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2001), The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (1998), a database of images and more.


Digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

Art Discovery Group Catalogue

A shared catalog to OCLC Worldcat holdings for 50+ important European and other art research libraries. Incorporates Kubikat and SCIPIO.

Oxford Bibliographies: Art History

Annotated bibliographies by topic to important and recent scholarship in art and architectural history.

Art & Architecture Source Indexing 1929+, Select Full Text 1997+

An important resource containing indexing and/or full-text to hundreds of art, archaeology, architecture, design, media and related journals and books in English and Western European languages, as well as art reproductions and images. Incorporates the H.W. Wilson databases--Art Index, Art Abstracts, Art Full Text, Art Index Retrospective—as well as Art & Architecture Complete and Art Source.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals 1930s+

Indexes journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.

International Bibliography of Art 1973+

Currently includes some indexing created by the Getty Research Institute (from the Bibliography of the History of Art, the former definitive scholarly resource--books and journals--for western art history). Indexing will continue in the coming months and may expand to include art from Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Bibliography of the History of Art 1975-2007

Indexes and abstracts articles, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and art exhibition and dealer's catalogs, covering European and American art from late antiquity to the present. BHA, now defunct but available via the Getty, was preceded by and includes RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art). BHA was continued by the International Bibliography of Art in 2008. See also OpenBibArt: History of Art Bibliography. 

OpenBibArt: History of Art Bibliography 1972-2007

 Open access to all references from the Bibliography of the History of Art / Bibliographie d’Histoire de l’Art (or, BHA), and its predecessor Répertoire d’Art et d’Archéologie (or, RAA). See also Bibliography of the History of Art.  

ARTbibliographies Modern Late 1960s+

Full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year.

Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index 1850-1969

Contains important early indexing of art journals covering American and European fine and decorative arts. Articles in English, Russian and Western European languages. Citations only; based on the Frick Collection (NYC) Library’s index originally on catalog cards.

Design and Applied Arts Index 1973+

Indexing for design and decorative arts journals and newspapers, covering all aspects of design from the mid-19th century to the present. See AHR net for retrospective version, Design Abstracts Retrospective, covering titles back to 1900.

Art and Architecture Archive 1895-2005

Archive of magazines comprising key research material in the fields of art & architecture. Subjects covered include fine art, decorative arts, architecture, interior design, industrial design, and photography. The magazines are scanned from cover-to-cover and presented as full-color page images. Includes American Craft, Aperture, Apollo, Architects' Journal, Architectural Review, Art Monthly, British Journal of Photography, C, Craft Horizons, Eye: the International Review of Graphic Design, Graphis, Ornament, Print, Sculptors International, Sculpture,  Southwest Art and more. Coverage dates vary by title.

AHR net (Art History Research Net)

An important art and design-related resource containing several resources: ReVIEW (digitized international arts journals from 1830s-1920s), Arts & Architecture ProFiles (information on artists, architects and designers), and  Design Abstracts Retrospective (for more current indexing see Design and Applied Arts Index).

Supplementary Resources


The A&AePortal is an authoritative eBook resource that features important works of scholarship in the history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and design. Includes many out-of-print titles, key backlist, and recent releases from the world’s finest academic and museum publishers. Also includes peer-reviewed born-digital content, as well as image search functionality that cross references multiple publications contained within the resource.

AATA Online Abstracts of International Conservation Literature

Abstracts from books, reports, conference proceedings, dissertations, and more, on the conservation and preservation of works of art, material culture and archaeological and architectural sites. Includes all volumes of AATA and its predecessor, IIC Abstracts.

Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon

An important biographical resource, the online version includes all articles published to date, along with access to the predecessors of the AKL, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler von der Antike bis Zur Gegenwart (Thieme-Becker) and for the 20th century, Vollmer. Also includes the AKL's Bio-Bibliographical Index (A-Z), and the Kunstlerlexikon der Antike.

Apabi Tupianku (image) database

Chinese images in the categories of Chinese art, calligraphy, folk art, red (i.e. socialist) art, unearthed objects, old photographs, ancient design, modern graphic design, historical costumes, rare book illustrations, classical painting manuals, typography, and pattern design.

Art Sales Catalogues online

Images of complete historical art sales catalogues. Lugt's Repertoire online is the entrance gate to the images of the catalogues, and lists more than 100,000 art sales catalogues from libraries in Europe and the USA.

Artifex Press (now called Cahiers d'Art Institute)

An online portal and publisher of “digital catalogues raisonnés.” The platform allows these important art publications for major 20th and 21st-century artists to be regularly updated, unlike print counterparts that often take many years to appear due to the effort it takes to be comprehensive. Catalog offerings are regularly being added and individual records by title will appear in the library catalog.


Provides auction sale (1920s-present) and provenance information with images for all types of fine art and other objects, as well as arms and armor, weapons, musical instruments and games. Its focus is on Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. One can search in French or English, and multiple currencies are available.


Provides access to art auction sales databases, one for Fine Art and Design, and one for Decorative Art and Antiques. Search options include artist (for the former), medium or object type, and auction house or gallery. Art market performance reports may be available to PU affiliates by e-mailing and noting the desired artist.

An index to results from auction sales of art (drawings, installations, miniatures, painting, photography, posters, prints, sculpture and tapestry). 1960-present, but older years will be added over time.

Berg Fashion Library and Fashion Photography Archive

An essential resource for fashion and costume. Berg provides access to the 10-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (Oxford UP, 2010), and many other fashion ebooks, exhibition-related content, bibliographies, images, and more. The Fashion Photography Archive (1970s-2000) contains photographs, articles, biographies, and videos with major input from Valerie Steele, a notable scholar and curator.

Bibliografia Mesoamericana

Comprehensive and continually updated bibliographic dataset of the published literature pertaining to the anthropology of Mesoamerica. Content includes archaeology, ethnography, ethnohistory, art history, linguistics, physical anthropology, and other related disciplines. This resource is jointly supervised by John Weeks of the Museum Library of the University of Pennsylvania and Sandra Noble of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI).

Bridgeman Education Database

From the producers of the Bridgeman Art Library for the commercial market, this image database contains more than 300,000 objects and covers all media, including photography, fine art, engravings, sculpture, architecture, archaeology, ethnography, history, science & medicine, decorative arts and artifacts.

CAA Reviews

Substantial and scholarly book reviews of new art monographs and exhibitions. Published by the College Art Association, the professional organization for art historians, artists, students and museum professionals. Reviews are searchable and can be browsed by subject.

CollectorIQ Fine Art Database

Auction database of fine art covering approximately 6.1 million lots representing 327,476 artists.

Critical Collective

A rich site focused on Indian visual and performing arts that promotes exhibitions, features interviews, and provides access to a number of articles on topics like photography, gender, film, and related to specific artists. The 20th-century articles accessible here are likely not widely available otherwise.


Projekt Dyabola provides access to the multilingual and regularly updated Archaeological Bibliography, containing book, article and web-based citations from 1956 to the present based on acquisitions at notable archaeological institutes in Europe. Additional resources related to ancient art, archaeology and history are also available. Once in, check the box at the top "activate IP access and press Start".

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)

Streaming access to full-length works by over forty premier video artists. Electronic Arts Intermix is a not-for-profit video art archive founded in 1971. Princeton has worked closely with EAI in the development of this new educational service. To request the addition of other artists or works from the full EAI catalog, contact Marquand Library.

Getty Provenance Index Database

Contains 3 separate databases for provenance research: archival documents from 1550-1840, auction catalogs from 1650-1840, and public art collections from 1500-1990.

IFAR Art Law & Cultural Property

Consists of 2 parts: International Cultural Property/Ownership & Export Legislation relating to works of art (ICPOEL), and (mostly) U.S. case law organized into broad topics like “World War II-Era,” and “Art Fraud”. The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) is a not-for-profit educational and research organization established in 1969.

Index of Medieval Art

Online and print archive presenting information and images related to medieval iconographic subjects from late antiquity to ca. 1600, without geographic limitation. 

Index to 19th-Century American Art Periodicals

Index to art periodicals published in the United States during the 19th century. Indexes the entire contents of each journal, including advertisements and illustrations.


A union catalog to the holdings of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Max-Planck-Institut; the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich; the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte / Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art in Paris; and, the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome. Includes references to articles in scholarly periodicals, conference papers, exhibition catalogues, and more.

Les Ecrits sur l'art

Texts of art criticism by notable French and other artists and writers, specifically focused on salons and important literary works written from 1741 to 1927. This important primary resource includes works of aesthetics, philosophy and art history by such individuals as Apollinaire, Balzac, Baudelaire, Chateaubriand, Delacroix, Diderot, Dumas, Falconet, Gauguin, Mallarme, de Maupassant, Michelet, Proust, Rodin, Sand, Stendhal, Viollet-le-Duc, Winckelmann, and Zola.

Library Stack

A clearinghouse for a wide range of online, independently produced artistic and cultural content in multiple formats produced by writers, artists, architects, designers, scholars, and more.


An art information resource focused on the art market. Search by artist name or browse by period or genre to see images, articles, biographies, exhibitions, and market performance. Art exhibition and fair information may be viewed by city. Art market analysis is available by genre, artist's nationality, medium and location. One may follow specific artists and receive alerst via e-mail. Also includes news about the art world and exhibitions.

National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture (NADAC)

Policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States. This project was formerly the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA).

National Palace Museum Open Data

Free access to high-resolution images and related description articles of art pieces (painting, documents, calligraphy, ceramics, jades, curios, rare books and bronzes) in the (Taiwan) NPM collections.

National Palace Museums Periodicals Online

Full-texts of all issues of 3 Chinese Taipei NPM periodicals.

Online Egyptological Bibliography

Bibliographic database of academic literature on ancient Egypt.NOTE: Due to COVID-19, access is currently free. On the OEB homepage, click "log in" and then use:Username: guestPassword: temporary


An image database based at the Institute of Art History of the University of Cologne / Kunsthistorischen Institut der Universität zu Köln. A German-English search interface provides access to over 90 separate databases of art historical, archaeological, design, architectural, theological, and historical images from institutional and research databases and museums based in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

SCIPIO: Art and Rare Books Sales Catalogs

Describes art auction and rare book catalogs for sales from the late sixteenth century to scheduled auctions, not yet held. Records include the dates and places of sales, the auction houses, sellers, institutional holdings, and titles of works.

Vogue Archive

Includes in full color every issue of American Vogue--including covers, images, advertisements and fold-outs--up to the present (with a time delay of a few months). For the latest issues online and in print, see the Library journal page. Offers unique search limits to reveal types of content, text or image-based, including lists of fashion items and company/brands associated with specific images.

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