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Art Resources: Research Strategy

Important print and digital art resources available through the Cornell University Libraries and other outside sources to help students, faculty, and others conduct art-related research.

Sylvia Darning

Sylvia Darning

Sylvia Darning by Harold Gilman, 1917, Oil on canvas.

Possible search topics for this work of art: 20th century art, patterns, design, interior, woman, ceiling, door, flowers, chair, table, wallpaper, tablecloths, vase, sewing box, paintings, genre subject, Marine painting, room, darning, knitting, Gilman, oil painting

Image courtesy of the Yale Digital Commons.

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Art Research Topics

While many subjects and genres in art can overlap, categorizing your research into topics can help you find what you want quickly. The more narrow your topic, the more exact your search results will become. Below are a few examples of art research topics that might give you some ideas in your own search. Note: The images on this page also include examples of possible search terms for each image.

Techniques or Materials in Art:

Sculpture, Painting, Ceramics, Illustration, Mosaic, Performance, Plastics, Glass, Graffiti

Genres or Movements in Art:

Modernism, Impressionism, Cubism, Avante-Garde, Hyperrealism, Art Nouveau, Earth Art

Styles or Periods in Art:

Renaissance, Hellenistic, Medieval, Baroque, Bizantine, Gothic, Ancient Greek, Romantic

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The Gates

The Gates

The Gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, 2005, mixed media.

This image is licensed under the Creative Commons and comes courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons.

Possible search topics for this work of art: New York, Central Park, public art, Christo, Jeanne-Claude, modern art, gates, environmental art, 'empaquetage', 21st century art, modern art, postmodern art.