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The Dictionary of Art is a great place to start. It is available in print only in the library on the Salem Campus.
The Dictionary of Art by
Call Number: REF 703 D56
Publication Date: 2003
The is the go-to encyclopedia for topics and persons in art and architecture. There is an index in the last volume.
General Art Reference Books
The Oxford Dictionary of Art by
Call Number: REF 703.21 Ox2 1997
Publication Date: 1997, 2011
Illustrated Dictionary of Art Terms by
Call Number: REF 703.21 R33
Publication Date: 1984
Symbols in Art
Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art by
Call Number: REF 704.946 H14
Publication Date: 1994
“Jūmantsubo Plain at Fukagawa Susaki," 1856, by Utagawa Hiroshige. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art under a Creative Commons Zero license
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