Art History: Textbooks

Basic sources for researching an art historical topic including finding books, journal articles, biographies, images, and web directories.

By Time Period



A textbook is defined as a book used in schools or colleges for the formal study of a subject. In the case of art history textbooks, these are usually written by distinguished faculty who have not only a deep understanding of the subject but also experience in presenting the information to students. The textbooks cited here are lavishly illustrated, include maps and graphs, and timelines, essays and commentary, as well as bibliography for further reading. They provide an overview of the subject and are an excellent starting place to learning about the art and the artists.


Asian Art