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Art History Research Resources: Byzantine Art & Architecture

Research Tips

A few tips as you begin your research projects:

  • note variations in the spelling of locations and place names because of changes in transliteration styles
    • c=k, h=o, etc...
  • note variations in the name given to the time period
    • early Christian, medieval, middle ages, byzantine, late antique, orthodox
  • research contextual information
    • geographic location, time period, social/political/theological context, "school" or genre or art
    • the subject matter of the art: person, historical event, theological concept
    • type of object: form, material, production and technique, use, reason for creation
  • databases include entries for books and book chapters in addition to journal articles.  This may help you locate books or book chapters that lack descriptions or table of content listings in the ZSR catalog.

Reference Resources

Use reference resources to locate background information on your topic as you start your research, including:

  • biographical information
  • definitions of terminology
  • historical context
  • geographical information
  • recommended sources to continue your research

Finding Scholarly Books & Ebooks

See this page for information on how to search the ZSR Library catalog.  

Browsing the main stacks is also a great search strategy.  Here are a few call number areas to focus on, and where they are located:

BX200-756- Orthodox Eastern Church

DE- Greco-Roman world

DF501-649- Byzantine Empire, 323-1453 

DR729- Constantinople, to 1453

N6250- Byzantine art

N7832- Early Christian art

N8185-8189- Icons, Eastern church

NA370- Byzantine architecture

NA3770-3780- Roman & Byzantine mosaic

Finding Schoarly Journal Articles

Scholarly journal articles can be found through the bibliographies of the resources you have already found, as well as through ZSR databases.  See this page for tips on located scholarly journal articles in arts databases, and see below for a list of good arts and history databases.

Scholarly Websites

There are many online scholarly projects that can help inform your research.  Make sure that you are looking for resources that are sponsored by:

  • libraries
  • scholarly associations
  • archives
  • museums
  • open access/online journals
  • universities/university departments

Below are a few examples of the types of resources that might be appropriate to use: