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History of Art and Architecture Resources

Finding Articles in Databases

On this page, you will find links to specialized databases for art, architecture, film, fashion, and archaeologyThese databases are where you will find citations and often full-text links to articles from journals in these subject areas, as well as some citations to books and book chapters.

For most article searches, you can start with the General Resources box immediately below, and then move on to more specific subject related databases.

A great place to start for general information on artists, movements, sites, and more is the online encyclopedia linked below.

(Please see the Reference Works page for many more encyclopedias and dictionaries.)

Clay tablet with incised cuneiform text.

Cuneiform tablet with a bilingual lexical list. From Ebla, Syria, ca. 2350-2250 BCE. Luna Collection.

General Resources

Note: see more specific boxes on this page for additional resources.


Persian king seated on carpet, surrounded by courtiers.

Ali Quli Jabbadar.The King and his Courtiers Persian, 17th century. Luna Collection.

Architecture Resources

Note: see more specific boxes on this page for additional resources.


Mayan Pyramid and plaza

Altun Ha: Plaza A, Temple of the Green Tomb. Mayan, c.550-600. Photo by Karen Bouchard. Luna Collection.

Ancient Art & Archaeology


Puerco Pueblo Petroglyphs, Petrified Forest, Arizona. Photo by Karen Bouchard. Luna Collection.


Medieval and Renaissance Resources


Sankt Johannes Kirke, Sønderby, Denmark. 1615. Photo by Karen Bouchard. Luna Collection.

Global Art & Architecture Resources


Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco. Photo by Dietrich Neumann. Luna Collection.


For additional resources please also see the following subject guides:


RISD Resources

Note: Members of the Brown community must go to the Rhode Island School of Design Library in order to access licensed resources. They are not accessible to non-RISD patrons from off campus.

For RISD Image databases, please see the Images tab of this guide.

Pierfrancesco Alberti after Raphael. A Painter's Academy in Rome. Engraving, ca. 1600. Luna Collection.

Additional Resources


Enea Vico. The Academy of Baccio Bandinelli. Engraving, 1561-1562. Luna Collection.