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ARTH 200 World Art History I: Home

Useful resources for study of world art and architecture from prehistoric times through the fifteenth century.


Dome of the Rock circa 687-691

Dome of the Rock circa 687-691 From Artstor. Image provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

Getting Started

For background information, start with an exhaustive reference work such as  Grove Art Online.  Both the 'Guided Tour' and 'Tools and Resources' (available from the Home page) provide useful information on searching Grove/Oxford Art Online. The Oxford Companion to Western Art  edited by Hugh Brigstocke is also part of Oxford Art Online.

To place art and architecture in context, consult Art and Humanities Through the Eras

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 'Access Databases and E-Journals' search feature on the Library's Web site.

Museum Websites

Museum Publications


Amida Nyorai: detail of Buddha image seated on lotus

Jocho, (Heian period). Amida Nyorai: detail of Buddha image seated on lotus. wood, covered with gold leaf. Byodo-in, Phoenix Hall, Kyoto. Data From: Art Images for College Teaching. Available from Artstor.

Find Articles in Databases

Online Books

Specialized Online Encyclopedias

History of the World in 100 Objects

ARTstor Images for Your Presentation


van Eyck, Jan. Portrait of Margareta van Eyck. 1439.  Musea Brugge-Groeningemuseum [Groeninge Museum] ARTstor. Web 6 Aug. 2015

The best place to find images for your presentation or paper is 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, Beyond the Taj).  Use the Advanced Search to limit by date.

Helpful videos on using ARTstor can be found on YouTube


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