Munsterberg, Marjorie. Writing About Art [website]
D’Alleva, Anne. How to write art history. London, Laurence King Pub., 2006. Lilly N380 .D26 2006
Barnet, Sylvan. A short guide to writing about art. 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson, 2008. Lilly N7476 .B37 2008
Pointon, Marcia R. History of art : a students’ handbook. 4th ed. New York : Routledge, 1997. Lilly N380 .P56 1997
Sayre, Henry M. Writing about art. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, 2002. Lilly N7476 .S29 2002
Professional art historians very seldom write books about a single work of art, as many art history paper assignments are. However, the publisher Allen Lane commissioned major art historians to write small books (99 pages) on ever aspect of a single, famous work of art. The series, Art in Context, is as close as a student can get on how a serious art-history paper might be written.
Students unsure about how to construct a paper (what questions to ask) would do well to glance at these titles.
Delacroix : The Death of Sardanapalus
by Spector, Jack J. (London : Allen Lane, 1974.)
Lilly ND553.D33 S62 1974
Marcel Duchamp: The Bride stripped bare by her bachelors, even
by Golding, John. ([New York, Viking Press, 1973, c1972])
Lilly N6853.D8 G64 1973