Skip to Main Content
George Mason University Infoguides | University Libraries
See Updates and FAQss for the latest library services updates.

Art History

Scholarly resources for study and research in Art History

Reference sources can help you understand the basics of a topic or get factual details.

  • Handbooks are useful if you're writing a literature review and need to understand the current state of research on a topic.
  • Bibliographies provide critical summaries/overview of a person or topic (like "Ancient Egyptian Art"), with a list of major sources/readings on that topic.
  • Indexes provide lists of names, themes, places, etc. referenced in a work or body of work (e.g., the Index of Medieval Art might give you a list of all known medieval artworks on the theme of the Crucifixion).

Art Indexes/Encyclopedias

These reference sources cover the subject of art history generally, from ancient through contemporary artists of all cultures.

Below is a sample of some of the specialized art encyclopedias and indexes through Mason Libraries. Search for more in our catalog with terms like encyclopedia, index, handbook, or reference + your area of interest (for example, "ancient egypt encyclopedia").