Art and Art History: Books & Catalogs

Types of Art-Related Books

  • Monographs* – separate treatises on a particular subject, typically written expositions of a subject narrow enough in scope to exclude all but a single aspect of the subject, for example, a study of the works of a single artist
  • Edited collections – books with essays written by multiple authors around a common artist or theme
  • Catalogues raisonnés* – complete, systematic, and critical listings of all the known works of a single artist, providing comprehensive information, including provenance, for each work (Catalogues Raisonnés Database)
  • Ouevre catalogs – similar to catalogue raisonnés, but without documentation and provenance
  • Museum catalogs – catalogs of a museum’s permanent collection
  • Exhibition catalogs* – publications that document the works displayed in an exhibition
  • Reference books*– books intended primarily for consultation rather than for consecutive reading (e.g., encyclopedias, dictionaries, and bibliographies)

* definition from Art & Architecture Thesaurus

Art Call Numbers

Want to browse print books (3rd floor) about art? Look in the following call number areas.

Beginning of call number General art topic
 N  Visual arts
 NA  Architecture
 NB   Sculpture
 NC  Drawing. Design.  Illustration
 ND  Painting
 NE  Print media
 NK  Decorative arts
 NX  Arts in general
 TR  Photography
 TT  Handicrafts. Arts and  crafts

View more specific art call numbers on the Library of Congress Classification Outlines for N - Fine Arts and T - Technology.

Writing about Art

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Find Books, Exhibition Catalogs, & Videos in Sterne Library

Search the UAB Libraries Catalog (OneSearch) to find books, art catalogs, and videos by Title, Author (e.g., artist or scholar), Keyword, or Subject. Books that you can check out are shelved on the third floor of Sterne Library, but always note the location and call number for specific books you find in the catalog.

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Book Series in Art

Choose titles from these book series for scholarly introductions to art by nationality, period, and genre.

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