Art historical literature examines artists, artistic styles and movements, artistic practices, individual works of art, physical components of artworks and much more, and it also includes visual analysis and criticism. This interdisciplinary field uses theories and methodologies of its own, but often incorporates many other forms of analysis and criticism, such as feminism, gender studies, and political philosophies, to name just a few.
Keep in mind that research on individual artists or their works of art, and even contemporary art is included under the "art history" heading!
When researching in art history you will encounter a number of types of specialized art historical literature (see below). Bibliographies from any of these types of works can provide additional valuable resources.
A Short Guide to Writing About Art "guides students through every aspect of writing about art, (including) how to analyze ... (drawings, paintings, photographs), sculptures and architecture..., (as well as) essential writing assignments (including) formal analysis, comparison, research paper, review of an exhibition, and essay examination, (and also) a chapter on “Virtual Exhibitions: Writing Text Panels and Other Materials” in the 11th edition.
For QUICK GUIDES to writing about art see:
CRITICISM: See The Writing Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Art History handout quick guide
Evaluate information sources using CRAAP:
When evaluating information on the open web, use CRAAP and also:
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Quick guides to citing images:
College Art Association Guidelines regarding Fair Use and Copyright:
Statement on Fair Use from the Visual Resources Association