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Medieval, Gothic and Renaissance architecture and architects

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  • Jennifer [dot] Garland [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4785

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Sources for Background Information

Guides and Handbooks

  • The Architecture of the Renaissance
    NA510 B4713 v. 1-2
  • Art in the Christian World 300-1500: A Handbook of Styles and Forms
    N7832 A78 1982 (Ref)
  • Baroque Architecture
    NA590 N6 [1972]
  • Gothic Architecture
    NA440 F683 [1962]
  • Late Baroque and Rococo Architecture
    NA590 N63 [1973]
  • The Renaissance from Brunelleschi to Michelangelo
    NA1115 R397 1997 (Ref)
  • Ten Centuries of Architecture
    NA1023 T46 2001 (Ref) v. 1-6

Encyclopaedias and Dictionaries

  • Dictionary of Art - Oxford Art Online
    (includes Grove Art Online)
  • Dictionary of the Middle Ages
    D114 D5 1982 (Ref)
  • Encyclopedia dell'arte medievale
    folio N5965 E5 1991 (Ref)
  • Larousse Encyclopedia of Byzantine and Medieval Art
    N5970 H813 1963b (Ref)
  • Lexikon des Mittelalters
    D114 L4 (McLennan Library Reference) Bd. 1-9
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia
    BX841 N44 (McLennan Library Reference)

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Core and Additional Databases, and Selected Journals

Indexes and Databases

  • Art Abstracts
    Print (Art Index) & online via McGill Library
  • ARTstor (image database)
    online via McGill Library
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • Bibliography of the History of Art
    Print & online via McGill Library
  • Index to Italian Architecture: A Guide to Key Monuments and Reproduction Sources
    NA1111 T4 1992 (Ref)
  • International Medieval Bibliography
    CD-ROM (McLennan Library Reference)
  • ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
    online via McGill Library
  • RILA (International Repertory of the History of Art)
    Z5937 R55X (Ref, Index Stand) and CD-ROM (ask at the Blackader Reference Desk)
  • Web of Science (ISI)
    online via McGill Library

Selected Internet Sites

Other Resources


  • Annual Bibliography of British and Irish History
    Z2016 R884 (McLennan Library Reference)
  • Baroque Architecture: Books in the English Language
    Z5941.38 V35 1982 (Ref)
  • British and Irish Architectural History: A Bibliography and Guide
    Z5944 G7 K34 (Ref)
  • Cahiers de civilisation médievale (from 1969 special Bibliographie issue)
    CB3 C3 (McLennan Library)
  • Castles: Monographs
    Z5943 C35 V36 1984 (Ref)
  • Cathedrals: Monographs
    Z5943 C56 V358 1984 (Ref)
  • Cathedrals: Monographs
    Z5943 C56 V358 1984 (Ref)
  • Gothic Architecture: A List of Books in the English Language
    Z5941.35 V35 1982 (Ref)
  • Medieval Studies: A Bibliographical Guide
    Z6203 C76 (McLennan Library Reference)
  • Monographs on Church Architecture
    Z5943 C56 V37 1984 (Ref)
  • Renaissance Architecture, a Bibliography of Books in the English Language
    Z5941.36 V35 1982 (Ref)
  • Rococo Architecture: References in the English Language
    Z5941.39 V35 1982 (Ref)
  • Romanesque Architecture: A Bibliography
    Z5941.34 D38 (Ref)
  • Serial Bibliographies for Medieval Studies
    Z6203 R66 (Ref)

Biographical Dictionaries and Biographical Information

  • Architector. The Lodge and Sketchbooks of Medieval Architects
    folio NA350 B83
  • Artist Biographies Master Index
    N40 A78 1986 (Ref)
  • Benezit. Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs
    N40 B47 1999 (Ref) v. 1-14
  • English Mediaeval Architects: A Biographical Dictionary Down to 1550
    NA996 H3 1984 (Ref)

Catalogues of Special Collections

  • Catalogue of the RIBA British Architectural Library and the Architectural Publications Index (API)
    A freely accessible online catalog containing records for selective holdings in the British Architectural Library. The online version of the API, indexing over 300 periodicals (see a complete list), is accessible from the same resource. Coverage: selective for materials catalogued or indexed since the 1980's.
    Z5941 A7x (Index Stand) and online

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