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History of Art and Architecture Resources

Selected Art & Architecture Reference Resources

On this page you will find just a few of the many reference resources available from the Brown library. Please be aware that many more may be found by searching BruKnow or consulting with your librarian.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: General Resources

A great place to start for general information on artists, movements, sites, and more is this online encyclopedia, which covers all cultures and time periods:


Adobe bookcase filled with books

School Library, Awra Amba, Ethiopia. After 1980. Photograph by Alexander Savin via Creative Commons license.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: American Art

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Classical World


Woman holding two infants, flanked by two other women and animals

Ara Pacis: Tellus. Rome, 13-9 BCE. Photograph by Brooke Hammerle. Luna Collection.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Architecture

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Handbooks: Film

Please see the Reference Materials page of our Guide to Film and Video Resources:

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Global Art & Architecture

Bowl with feet and spiral handles

Unknown artisan. Feast Bowl. Papua New Guinea, wood, ca. 1800. Los Angeles County Museum of Art via Creative Commons license.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Medieval Art

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Modern & Contemporary Art

Biographical Dictionaries on Artists

Ebook Collections