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Art & Art History : Books and eBooks

A delightful guide to Art and Art History research and resources available at the Cañada College library.

Browse the Stacks

The following Library of Congress classifications may be useful when browsing the shelves at the Library.

Library of Congress Call Number Areas:

N Fine Arts/Visual Arts
NA Architecture 
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing, Design, and Illustration 
ND Painting
NE Print Media
NK Decorative Arts 
NX Arts in generals

TR Photography

Reference and Circulation Books

History of Art

A revised edition of the classic history of world art features extensive discussion of major art movements, trends, and periods, along with colorful sidebars documenting the music, theater, and historical background, more than 1,300 illustrations, an updated bibliography, concise biographical profiles of key artists and their work, and much more.

The Oxford Dictionary of Art

The Oxford Dictionary of Art is the unrivalled one-volume guide to the art of the Western world. It provides a careful balance of fact and critical appraisal, ranging across painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from classical times to the present.

Latin American Art

Latin American art of the 20th century has an extraordinary vitality, and the growing public interest in it has been reflected in many recent exhibitions and publications. Written by a distinguished team of experts, each writing about his or her own country, this text provides a general survey of the whole field. It also presents a truly Latin American viewpoint.

Asian Traditions Modern Expressions

This first survey of Asian American modernists active during the era of Abstract Expressionism reevaluates an entire generation of neglected but important artists. The works of 58 artists, including Isamu Noguchi and Kenzo Okada, reveal the strong tradition in Asian art of abstract techniques and show how East Asian art prefigured or paralleled "modern" stylistic developments in the West.

Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art

The understanding and enjoyment of a work of art depends as much on the story it depicts as on the artist s execution of it. But what were once biblical or classical commonplaces are not so readily recognizable today. This book relates in a succinct and readable way the themes, sacred and secular, on which the repertoire of Western art is based. Combined here in a single volume are religious, classical, and historical themes, figures of moral allegory, and characters from romantic poetry that appeared throughout paintings and sculpture in Western art before and after the Renaissance.

A documentary history of art.

In this unique collection of notebooks, letters, treatises, and contracts dealing with the art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the reader is given an extraordinary insight into the personalities and conditions of the times.

Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art

Victor Arnautoff, an artist, was born in 1896 in the Russian empire. After serving as a cavalry officer in WWI and then in the White Siberian army during the Russian Civil War, he became part of the Russian diaspora, working for a Chinese warlord, studying art in San Francisco, and working with Diego Rivera in Mexico. This text examines his life and work.

The Art of the Mural Volume 1

This first installment in a four-part series is a celebratory tour of some of the most vibrant, impressive, contemporary mural art in the world. Fifty artists from six continents share nearly 400 examples of their best work and a little bit about their own lives and journeys as muralists. The criteria for inclusion in the book was simple: the artists had to be full-time muralists who push the boundaries of the art form and engage with the medium as a vital social concept.

The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti

Organized geographically by country and city, more than 100 of today’s most important street artists (including Espo in New York, Shepard Fairey in Los Angeles, Os Gêmeos in Brazil, and Anthony Lister in Australia) are profiled alongside key examples of their work. The evolution of street art and graffiti within each region is also chronicled, providing essential historical context.

Art eBooks

Frida Kahlo

Behind Frida Kahlo's portraits, lies the story of both her life and work. It is precisely this combination that draws the reader in. Frida's work is a record of her life, and rarely can we learn so much about an artist from what she records inside the picture frame.

Art of the 20th Century

This astoundingly thorough survey of art's modern era showcases all of the key artistic movements of the 20th century, from Fauvism to Pop Art, featuring illustrative examples of some of the most renowned works of the era along with illuminating companion essays by expert critics and art historians. A vivid window into the collective psyche of the modern world's great artists, Art of the 20th Century is a must-have for any fan of contemporary art.


his work explores the personal journey of Georgia O'Keeffe, her creative process and the legacy that she left to the art world. It not only explores the experiences that shaped Georgia O'Keeffe at the beginning of her life, but it also informs the reader about her later years, when she was just as vibrant and prolific an artist as in her youth.

Claude Monet

In this twovolume illustrated work, Natalia Brodskaya and Nina Kalitina invite us on a journey across time to discover the history of Impressionism and Monet; a movement and an artist forever bound together. Specialists of 19th and 20th century art, the authors shed light on the birth of modernity in art, a true revolution responsible for the thriving art scene of the 20th century.

Gothic Art

A period of great economic and social change, the Gothic era also saw the development of a new iconography celebrating the Holy Mary – in drastic contrast to the fearful themes of dark Roman times. Full of rich changes in all of the various art forms (architecture, sculpture, painting, etc.), Gothic art paved the way for the Italian Renaissance and International Gothic movement.

The Shaping of Persian Art

This volume brings together Islamic Iranian and Central Asian art experts from diverse disciplinary and professional backgrounds, and intends to offer a novel insight into what is collectively known as Persian art.

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