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ART204 and ART205: Survey of Western Art I & II: Getting Started

This course guide will help you complete your research projects for ART204 and ART205

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Smarthistory is an art history textbook and online encyclopedia rolled into one!

Getting Started

Hints for Pre-Research


For artists:

  • Doublecheck spelling of name.  (Before you say, 'Doh!,'   typos are  a frequent cause of search fails.)
  • Is the artist is known by several names?
  • Who influenced them?
  • Who did they influence?
  • What schools or movements where they associated with?
  • Search for your artist both as an "author" (works by)  and as a "subject"  (works about).       


For movements and schools:

  • Who are the main artists involved?
  • Does the movement go by more than one name?  Perhaps in a different language?
  • Are there related or overlapping movements?


For special topics:

  • Are there special terms or keywords associated with your topic?
  • Are there specific artists associated with your topic?
  • Might your topic cross over into other disciplines?

Art News

Want the  latest buzz in the art world?   

Here's a good place to look!


What's in a name?

  • Architect  Charles-Édouard Jeanneret is better known as Le Corbusier
  • Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni  is more frequently referred to as Michelangelo Buonarroti, or just Michelangelo
  • Doménikos Theotokópoulos is better known as El Greco

You've been schooled

  • Baroque vs Rococo
  • Futurism vs Vorticism
  • Absurdism vs Dada vs Surrealism

Topic Tangents

  • Cartoons, Comics, Caricatures, Anime, Graphic Novels, Lampoon
  • Mosaics, Intarsia, Marquetry, Pietra dura,  Cosmatesque, Opus Alexandrinium
  • Statue, Sculpture, Statuette, Effigy, Bust, Head, Memorial, Commemorative 

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