Skip to main content

Art History and Visual Studies: A Research Guide: Criticism

This research guide to art history and visual studies emphasizes reference resources and databases available to members of the Cornell community through the Cornell University Library.

CAA Reviews

CAA Reviews

A collection of "critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies published by the College Art Association." Although usually, access to is limited to members of CAA, the library provides access for the Cornell community that does not require membership.

Book Reviews

Special Project

A collaborative digital scholarship project.
The last project of the German Jewish “cultural scientist” Aby M. Warburg (1866-1929), the Mnemosyne Atlas is an unfinished attempt to map the pathways that give art history and cosmography their pathos-laden meanings. Warburg thought this visual, metaphoric encyclopedia, with its constellations of symbolic images, would animate the viewer’s memory, imagination, and understanding of what he called “the afterlife of antiquity.”

Cited Reference Searching

In addition to Google Scholar, a number of subscription databases allow you to track the flow of research by including ways to identify references that cite or are cited by other scholarly sources. This is a quick, although perhaps not comprehensive, way to gauge the impact of individual publications. Consult the Cited Reference Searching guide for detailed instructions in performing cited reference searches.