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Old masters - men and women: Getting started

Resources for the study of historic European painting from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, including markets

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Getting started


Rudolph Ackermann, British Institution (Pall Mall) (detail), 1808.
Artists copying old masters. Source: Wikipedia


This guide is about European painters working in the fine art tradition, from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century. Many of the resources listed will also be useful for studying other media, other areas, and other time periods.


Summon is usually the best starting point for finding articles, books and dissertations. 


You may also want to run supplementary searches in these databases:


For introductory articles:


The feminist approaches page includes some suggested starting points for the study of women painters in the European tradition.