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18th-Century European Art

Research Sources & Tips







Contexts and Images

Reserves and Books

Journal Articles and Popular Press

Writing and Citing Sources



I. Contexts & Images

Definitions, Overviews and Biographies


Primary Sources


120 Thematic Essays on Modern/Contemporary Art
(Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.)

Oxford Art Online

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
Alan Charles Kors, editor in chief; Oxford University Press, 2003



Web Gallery of Art

Artifact (Tufts University)

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Image Quest (two million plus rights-cleared images)


A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful / Edmund Burke; edited with an introduction and notes by James T. Boulton.

Art in Theory, 1648-1815: an Anthology of Changing Ideas / edited by Charles Harrison, Paul Wood, and Jason Gaiger.

Neoclassicism and Romanticism, 1750-1850; Sources and Documents.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online  (1701-1800)
      Digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century.

more on Course Reserves


II. Reserves and Books

A. Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books

B. Sample Searches:

(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)

1. Course Reserves


2. Tufts Libraries Catalog

3. WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


Path of Discovery in the Catalog

1. Find a title/author (assigned readings/Course Reserves);

2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

3. Use that language in further searches


e.g. Click on subject/author in the record to see further results and related topics.


Author Tarabra, Daniela.
Title European art of the Eighteenth Century. / Daniela Tarabra ; translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia.
Publisher Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008.
Subject Art, European -- 18th century.
Art, Baroque.
Neoclassicism (Art)

1. By County & Genre


Genre painting, French -- 18th century


Narrative painting, French.


Painting, French -- 18th century.


2. By Artists


Batoni, Pompeo, 1708-1787

Fragonard, Jean-Honoré, 1732-1806

Hogarth, William, 1697-1764

Vigée-Lebrun, Louise-Elisabeth 1755 - 1842

Watteau, Antoine, 1684-1721



Women painters -- France


3. By Stylistic History / Aesthetic Concepts


Picturesque, The.


Sublime, The -- History.

Sublime, The -- History -- 18th century.

Sublime, The, in art.



Decoration and ornament, Rococo


Art, Rococo

Architecture, Rococo


Romanticism in art.


Romanticism In Art -- England.

Romanticism in art -- Great Britain.

Romanticism in art -- France.

Romanticism In Art -- Germany.


4. Types of Documents:

Romanticism In Art -- Europe -- Exhibitions.


These exhibition and museum catalogues are uniquely valuable sources, which may include:

*Fundamental data on each work of art;

*Official images of the artworks;

*Curatorial statements/essays;

*essays by art critics/historians;

*list of scholarly publications on the art,

*sometimes, artists’ interviews,

*and more.


III. Journal Articles and Popular Press

A. Subject Databases for Journal Articles

B. Popular Press:

C. Finding Full Text

1. JSTOR and Project Muse

Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.


2. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a convenient Quick Start.


3. ARTbibliographies Modern (most comprehensive; late 1960's - present)

More Art & Art History databases:

International Bibliography of Art (1998 - present)


Art Full Text  (1984 - present); Art Index Retrospective   (1929- 1982)


4. 18thConnect (Eighteenth-Century Scholarship Online)


5. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.


1. Current:



Factiva (more international coverage)


2. Historical


Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)

New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)

American Periodicals (1740 - 1940)

British Periodicals (1680s - 1930s)





     Some of the oldest continuously published magazines in America, including American Spectator, Commentary, Commonweal, Dissent, Harpers Magazine, NACLA, The Nation, The National Review, The New Republic, New York Review, and The New Yorker.


1. Click on the findIt@tufts button button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:

a. link to the digital full text when available;

b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;

c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.

2. Search for a journal directly here:

a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.




IV. Writing and Citing

Writing Help

Citing Sources


A Short Guide to Writing about Art by Sylvan Barnet. Oversize: N7476 .B37 2011

Writing the Art History paper (UNC Writing Program)


Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors



Chicago Style Manual

MLA Style