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Visual Art Resources

Art & Architecture Reference Resources

On this page you will find just a few of the many general resources available from the Brown library. Please be aware that many more may be found by searching Josiah 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:


Interior of an adobe school library with buit in shelves

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

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: American Art

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Classical World


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

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Architecture

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Film


Our Dancing Daughters. 1928. Directed by Harry Beaumont. Luna Collection.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Medieval Art

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Modern & Contemporary Art

Biographical Dictionaries on Artists


Samuel Collings. Overthrow of the Arts! Etching, 1791. Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection.

Ebook Collections