About the Visual Resources Collection

The Art and Art History Department Visual Resources Collection comprises approximately 150,000 slides, 15,000 digital images, and a small collection of videotapes of museum collections and anatomy lectures. The slides are prepared for courses offered in the department. As a result, the holdings closely reflect the specializations of our faculty. The scope of the collection ranges from Western and Asian civilizations, the Americas, and Africa, to the Pacific Island cultures from Paleolithic times to the present.

Our Art History Introductory Survey course focuses on Western civilization from Paleolithic through Neolithic Europe, ancient Egypt and the Near East, Aegean, Greek, and Roman culture, the Middle Ages in the West, the Renaissance and Baroque periods in Europe, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Europe and the United States. Our largest holdings are in Italian Renaissance art and twentieth century painting, followed by images of nineteenth century painting and the history of photography. We received a gift of 20,000 slides of Asian art from Robert Fischer, professor emeritus at the University of Redlands, many of which are original images he photographed during his travels and research in the Far East. Our selection of Islamic and Asian images is growing to meet our new course demands in those areas.

Organization of the Digital Image Database

The Digital Image Database is currently stored on a single computer in the Visual Resources Collection, with backup copies on external hard drives and CDs. The image files are labelled by number with corresponding records in the Visual Resources database. At this time, the images can only be accessed by making an appointment with the curator to obtain copies of the images on your portable media or by uploading them to a personal collection on ARTstor.

Organization of the Slide Collection

The slide collection is stored in metal cabinets, arranged first by major historic period, then by medium, then by country and by artist, site, or object type. Asian art and indigenous art of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific Islands is arranged alphabetically by continent, then by country or region, then by period, medium, and by artist, site, or object type. A card file provides assistance in locating works by artist. The collection database, accessed on a stand-alone computer in the collection, provides access by multiple search criteria, including artist, period, country, medium, title, and subject. Searching the database requires the assistance of Visual Resources collection staff.

Time Periods And Subdivisions

Major periods are subdivided first by Medium (Didactic Materials, Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Manuscripts, Minor Arts, Photography, in that order). The Didactic section includes Maps, Timelines, and other documentary materials that are not images of artworks, but provide information about the period. Prehistoric, Near East, Aegean, Migration Period, and Preromanesque are exceptions. They are subdivided into subcategories first and then by Medium. After Medium, slides for Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Early Christian, and Byzantine periods are sorted by century, then by site, subject, artist, title (for Manuscripts), or object type (for Minor Arts). Greek, Etruscan, and Roman architecture slides are filed by site instead of by century, and then by monument. Architecture for the city of Rome is subdivided by century, then by monument. Romanesque, Gothic, and later slides are sorted by country, then by artist, then by subject matter, date, or title. Anonymous works are filed before those of known artists. The term Didactic is used here to refer to documentary materials that describe the historical periods, such as maps, photographs of the landscape, and other images that are not viewed as artworks per se. Each major time period also has a Didactic materials section for documentary materials specific to the period.

 

Didactic Materials, General

Cities
Maps
Timelines
Techniques
Special Collections


100 Prehistoric

110 Paleolithic (c. 30,000-10,000 BC)
120 Mesolithic (c. 10,000-8,000 BC)
130 Neolithic (c. 8,000-3,000)
140 Bronze Age
150 Iron Age


200 Egypt

200 Egyptology
210 Predynastic
215 Early Dynastic,(Dy 1-3, 3100-2686 BC)
220 Old Kingdom (Dy 4-6, 2686-2180 BC)
225 First Intermediate Period (Dy 7-10, 2180-2080 BC)
230 Middle Kingdom (Dy 11-13, 2080-1640 BC)
235 2nd Intermediate Period (Dy 14-16, 1720-1570 BC)
240 New Kingdom (Dy 17-20, 1570-1075 BC)
250 Late Period (Dy 21-26, 1085-585 BC)
260 Ptolemaic (306-30 BC)
270 Roman Annexation (30 BC)
280 Coptic


300 Near East

310 Mesopotamia
312 Sumerian (3200-2000 BC)
313 Akkadian (2340-2150 BC)
314 Neo-Sumerian (2135-2027)
314.5 Isin-Larsa Period (2000-1960 BC)
315 Babylonian (1792-1550 BC)
316 Kassite(1550-1000 BC)
317 Assyrian (1365-612 BC)
319 Neo-Babylonian (605-539 BC)
320 Levantine
325 Phoenician(1100-700 BC)
330 Hittite (1650-1200 BC)
340 Phrygian (850? – 696 BC)
350 Persian (550-330 BC)
352 Elamite
356 Parthian
358 Sassanian
390 Cyprus

400 Aegean

410 Cycladic
430 Helladic
440 Minoan
450 Mycenaean
46O Troy


500 West Mediterranean

550 Iberian

600 Greek

8thC. BC
7thC. BC
6thC. BC
5thC. BC
4thC. BC
3rdC. BC
2ndC. BC
1stcC. BC


700 Etruscan

7thC..BC
6thC. BC
5thC. BC
4thC. BC
3rdC. BC
2ndC. BC
1stC. BC


800 Roman

6thC. BC
5thC. BC
4thC. BC
3rdC. BC
2ndC.BC
1stC. BC
AD 1stC
AD 2ndC
AD 3rdC
AD 4thC

900 Medieval

910 Early Christian

3rdC
4thC
5thC




920 Byzantine

5thC
6thC
7thC
8thC
9thC
10thC
11thC
12thC
13thC
14thC
15thC


940 Migration Period (AD 5th-10thC)

942 Celtic (5thC BC to 5thC AD in Britain )
943 Germanic
943.1 Anglo-Saxon (7th-10th AD in England)
943.2.Frankish (3rd-5thC AD in France)
943.5 Lombard (6th-11thC in parts of Italy)
943.7 Ostrogoth (5th-6thC in parts of Italy)
943.9 Visigoth (5th-8thC in Spain)
945 Hiberno-Saxon (Christian Art, Ireland 6th-10thC
947 Islamic (AD 661-1500 in the West)
949 Viking (AD 9th-11thC in Scandinavia)


960 Pre-Romanesque (AD 5th-10thC Europe)

961 Merovingian (AD 5th-8thC France)
963 Carolingian (AD 8th-10thC France)
965 Ottonian (AD 919-1056 Germany)
967 Asturian (AD 812-910 in Spain)
969 Mozarabic (AD 711-late 12thC in Spain)


980 Romanesque

(generally 10th-12thC in Europe)
England
France
Ireland
Italy
Norway
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

990 Gothic

(generally 13th-14thC, Europe)
Austria
Bohemia
England
Flanders
France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Sweden


15-16th Century Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Prints, & Drawing

Austria
England
France
Germany
Netherlands (Flanders and Holland)
Portugal
Russia
Spain


15th C Italy Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Prints, & Drawing
16th Century Italy Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Prints, & Drawing
15-16th Century Manuscripts, Minor Arts

17-18th Century

Austria
Denmark
Dutch
England
Flanders
France
Germany
Italy
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
Switerland
United States


19th Century

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Czechoslovakia
Denmark
Dutch
England
France
Germany
Italy
Mexico
Norway
Poland
Russia
Spain
Switzerland
Yugoslavia


20th Century Architecture

Austria
Belgium
Britain
Dutch
France
Germany
Israel
Italy
Russia
Scotland
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United States


20th Century Painting, Prints, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Minor Arts, Ceramics
No country subdivisions: By artist only

21st Century Painting, Prints, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Minor Arts, Ceramics
No country subdivisions: By artist only

 

Africa

Central Equator
East Africa
Guinea Coast
Kalahari Desert
Madagascar
North Africa
Sahara Desert
Somali Desert
Sudan

America, Meso (Filed alphabetically by culture group)

America, North

Ancient

Arctic
Eastern Woodland
Northwest Coast
Southwest


Post-European Contact

Arctic
California
Great Basin
Northeast Woodlands
Northwest Coast
Plains
Plateau
Southeast
Southwest
Subarctic

America, South


Asia


Burma
Cambodia
Central Asia
Ceylon


China

[1] Neolithic
Hsia
[2] Shang c.1700-1045 BC
[3] Zhou (Chou) 1045-221 BC
[4] Zhou Warring State Period 475-221 BC
[5] Qin (Ch’in) (221-207 BC
[6]Han 206 BC-AD 220
[7] 3 Kingdoms & 6 Dynasties 220-589
[8] Sui 581-618
[9] Tang (T’ang) 618-906
[10] Five Dynasties 907-960
[11] Liao/Jin (Chin)
[12] Song (Sung) 960-1279
[13] Northern Song 960-1127
[14] Southern Song 1127-1279
[15] Yuan 1260-1368
[16] Ming 1368-1644
[17] Qing (Ch’ing)1644-1911
[18] Republic 1911-


India

[1] Mesolithic
[2] Neolithic 4000-1500 BC (Indus Valley 2500-1500 BC)
[3] Mauryan 300-200th BC
[4] Sunga 185-72. BC
[5] Andhra 70 BC-AD.3rdC
[6] Kushan 50-320
[7] Gupta 320-647
[8] Post-Gupta
[8.1] Pallava (500-750)
[8.2] Chalukyan (550-753)
[8.3] Rashtrakuta (753-900)
[8.4] Chola (850-1150)
[8.5] Pala (600-1200)
[8.6] Hoysala (1100-1300)
[8.7] Pandya (1251-1310)
[9] Vijayanagar (1336-1646)
[10] Nayak
[11] Delhi Sultanate 1186-1399
[12] Mughal 1526-1719
[12.1] Babur 1526-1530
[12.2] Humayun 1530-1556
[12.3] Akbar Dynasty 1556-1605
[12.4] Shah Jahangir Dynasty 1605-1627
[12.5] Shah Jahan Dynasty 1628-1658
[12.6] Muhammad Shah Dynasty 1658-1719
[13} Rajput 1500-1900
Malwa
Pahari
Rajasthani
[14] Deccani
[20] 20th Century

Indonesia


Japan

[1] Jomon (Prehistoric-200 BC)
[2] Yayoi 200BC-AD 200
[3] Kofun (Haniwa) AD200-552
[4] Asuka 552-645
[5] Nara 645-793
[6] Heian 793-1184
Early Heian (Jomon) 794-897
Late Heian (Fujiwara) 897-1184
[7] Kamakura 1184-1333
[8] Nambokucho 1336-1392
[9] Muromachi (Ashikaga) 1392-1573
[10] Momoyama 1573-1614
[11] Edo (Tokugawa) 1614-1867
[12] Meiji 1867-1912
[20] Modern


Korea
Laos
Nepal
Thailand
Tibet
Vietnam


Oceania

Australia
Melanesia
Micronesia
New Zealand
Polynesia