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ARTH 426 Early Christian and Medieval Art

The art and architecture of the early Christian, Byzantine, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic periods.


The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd. circa 425-450 CE. Mosaic. Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Italy

Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y. 


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Getting Started

For background information, start with   Grove Art Online which provides access to foremost scholarly art encyclopedia covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 volumes) – the landmark reference work containing more than 45,000 articles (more than 21,000 biographies and 500,000 bibliographical citations) contributed by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries. Both the 'Guided Tour' and 'Tools and Resources' (available from the Home page) provide useful information on searching Grove/Oxford Art Online.

Bibliographies located in books or at the end of journal articles can be very helpful.  To learn if Pepperdine has access to a particular journal, search for the name of the journal in the library catalog, or use the 'Journals & Periodicals' search feature on the Library's Web site.

Art History Databases

Useful General Databases

These online sources contain some art history publications.

Suggested Subject Searches

In addition to keyword and subject searches using Early Christian art, try these:

Art, Early Christian

Architecture, Early Christian

Christian art and symbolism


Art, Medieval

Art, Byzantine 

Art, Carolingian

Art, Ottonian

Art, Romanesque

Architecture, Medieval

Sculpture, Medieval

Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval

Specialized Online Encyclopedias

ARTstor Images for Your Presentation or Paper


LENDENSTREICH Valentin (doc. 1485--1507)., artist

Lendenstreich, Valentin (doc. 1485--1507). Carved and painted altarpiece. 1498. Rottenbach kirche.

 Find images for your presentation or paper in the database,  ARTstor.  Log on to ARTstor, create a personal account and create an image group.  Then view information on how to Export to Power Point

You can search ARTstor by the name of an art work, by geography, by classification (for example, architecture), or by collection (for example, Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi of Great Britain).  Use the Advanced Search to limit by date.

Helpful videos on using ARTstor can be found on YouTube

Images from ARTstor are available in JSTOR results.

Online Books