Art History

The next time you are in Hutchins Library, check out the new Art History display, located in the study area to the right of the printers in the Reference Area.

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Reference Student Abby Houston curated this display to share her major as well as to help students know where to find high quality images within our library and online databases.

A lot can be learned by studying art from the past. Art doesn’t just provide us with aesthetic pleasure, but it clues us into the culture that produced it. By studying its materials, iconography, color, symbolism, function, style, and technique, we can expand our knowledge of that culture and learn what role a certain piece of art held within it. Art has been around since the beginning of time and is something that connects all cultures from every time period, even today.

“By looking at what has been done before, we gather knowledge and inspiration that contribute to how we speak, feel, and view the world around us.” – the Metropolitan Museum

This display shows 20 books filled with images and information that can be found in the collection of our library. Some of the books shown above are about: Impressionism, African art, Italian Renaissance art, Pablo Picasso, Celtic art, German Expressionism, Roman art, Egyptian art, Modern Chinese art, and others. Feel free to scan through their pages and experience a wide range of art- you can even check them out!

Whether your major or minor is in art, you simply have an interest in it, you need an image for your paper, or you need to kill some time, this display lays out the kind of resources Hutchins Library has to offer. In the circulating print collection upstairs, there are thousands of books about different art movements, artists, and time periods that all contain high-resolution images you can flip through and look at or scan onto a flash drive to use for your own research. In our A-Z electronic sources list is a database titled “ARTstor” that is dedicated only to images of artworks; ranging from Michelangelo’s David to King Tut’s mask to Japanese prints. To access these images, you type in an artist or title and search.

Check out these art books by searching in our library catalog: http://libraryguides.berea.edu/

Explore ARTstor: http://www.artstor.org/index.shtml

If you’re off campus, use this link and log in with your Berea username and password: http://libraryguides.berea.edu/ARTStor

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