SLE: Renaissance and Baroque Paintings
This page serves as a guide for Structured Liberal Education's assignment on Northern and Italian Renaissance Paintings (Bruegel, Bosch, Botticelli, Gentileschi, and Holbein), taught by Gregory Watkins.
Table of Contents
Paintings for Winter Quarter
Suggested reference sources
One of the most important elements of any good reference source entry is its bibliography. Take note of the books or articles that the entry's author deems elementary to understanding the individual or idea.
SearchWorks is Stanford's online catalog/database for library resources: books, magazine and journal titles (but not the individual titles within them; for a discussion of these see the "Finding Articles" section), e-books, DVDs, etc. SearchWorks allows for two main methods of searching: the Basic Search, which is the default mode, and the Advanced Search, which can be accessed by clicking on "Advanced" underneath the search box.
The Basic Search performs a lot like a typical Web search engine, bringing back hits from a keyword search, sorted by relevance. You can try simply entering the name of an artist in the search box and then hitting the "Search" button--or you might try entering the artist's name and then switching the button to "Subject terms." The Advanced Search allows for more specificity and flexibility, as you can limit a keyword search to specific fields (e.g., title, subject terms) and/or restrict results to a certain library, language, etc. In either mode you can elect to sort results by a method other than relevance: by year (old to new or new to old), title, or author.
Finding books by using bibliographies:
Sometimes the best way to find books (or articles) on an artist or a subject is to use the bibliographies that authors have already compiled. Academic texts often include a back section that lists the works that the authors have cited, referred to, and/or recommended. Tip: the books on course reserve in the Art Library have extensive bibliographies.