Beginnings - Reference Sources
Oxford Art Online - Oxford's combined art databases, Dictionary of Art and Encyclopedia of Esthetics, searchable uniformly or individually. Scholarly entries signed by authorities in the Renaissance area.
Encyclopedia of World Art - hardcopy only. Lilly, Perkins and Divinity Reference N31 .E4833 1959
- older, but longer essays on art topics and issue + half of every volume is plates, may in color; - older
Pelican History of Art (series) Lilly Reference [various titles depending on period] Lilly N5300.P38
- the standard English-language history of art. Continuously updated. + extra images; good beginning bibliography
- Renaissance volumes include
Heydenreich, Ludwig Heinrich. Architecture in Italy, 1400-1600. Architecture in Italy, 1400-1500. revised by Paul Davies.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1996. Lilly Reference and Stacks N5300 .P455 v.38
Lotz, Wolfgang. Architecture in Italy, 1500-1600. introduction by Deborah Howard. New Haven : Yale University Press, 1995. Lilly Refernece and stacks N5300 .P455 v.38, pt.2
Freedberg, S. J. Painting in Italy, 1500-1600. 3rd ed. New Haven : Yale University Press, 1993. Lilly Reference and stacks N5300 .P455 v.35, 3rd ed.
General Architecture Surveys
Campbell, Gordon. Renaissance art and architecture / Gordon Campbell. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004. Lilly N6370 .C32 2004 - a dictionary of places, terms and literary sources.
Murray, Peter. Architecture of the Renaissance. New York, H. N. Abrams 1972. Lilly A510 .M87 1972 - part of the History of world architecture series, includes cut-aways of buildings and spectacular plates.
Guide rionali di Roma / [a cura dell'] Assessorato alla cultura. Rome : F. Palombi, 1973-. Lilly Reference DG804 .G83 1973 - the historic evidence (plates from books, photos, etc.) of Rome at the time of the Renaissance and later.
19th-century guidebooks - the Lilly maintains a collection of 19th and early 20th-century guidebooks (Guide Bleu and Baedeckers) to Europe and Italy in particular. These books contain maps which often show individual buildings on blocks and building plans. The provide a snapshot of Italy before the World Wars in a handy version, easy to photocopy or scan, as well as a charming view of pre-industrial Italian cities.
Artists Biographical Dictionaries
Dictionary of artists - "Benezit". Paris : Gründ, 2006. 14 vols. Lilly Reference N40 .D5213 2006
Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon : die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. Munich/Leipzig : K.G. Saur, 1992- 70 [projected] volumes. Lilly Reference N40 .A63 1992
Zirpolo, Lilian H. Historical dictionary of Renaissance art. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2008. Lilly Reference N6370 .Z57 2008
Encyclopedia of Italian Renaissance & Mannerist art. New York : Grove’s Dictionaries, 2000. Lilly Reference N6370 .E53 2000
Grove Encyclopedia of the Decorative Arts - a decorative arts dictionary strong on Renaissance terms and objects
The city maps of Europe : 16th century town plans from Braun & Hogenberg / John Goss. Published Chicago : Rand McNally, 1992. Perkins/Bostock Oversize 912.4 B825, C581, 1992 In process-LC
Renaissance art reconsidered : an anthology of primary sources / edited by Carol M. Richardson, Kim W. Woods and Michael W. Franklin. Malden, MA ; Oxford : Blackwell Pub. ; Milton Keynes, UK : In association with The Open University, 2007.
Seymour, Charles. Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel ceiling: illustrations, introductory essays, backgrounds and sources, critical essays. New York, Norton 
Census of Antique Works of Art Known in the Renaissance - Wilhelm Humbolt University. Online index of classical-era works extant during the 15th-16th centuries, culled from Renaissance writings such as books, letters and guides. Many are untraced (i.e., unknown what they are today). In every case, the original citation to the work mentioning the object is sited.
Duke RBMSCL (Rare Book, Manuscrpt, and Special Collections Library) has a vast array of facsmile books, rare-book printed material and manuscripts from the Renaissance era. Since many titles are not extensively cataloged, it's best to consult RBMSCL reference librarians directly on what might be there in a certain area.
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