Books for Adults


Baxandall, Michael. 1988. Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style. Oxford University Press, 2nd edition.
Dunkerton, Jill, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, and Nicholas Penny. 1994. Dürer to Veronese: Sixteenth-Century Painting in the National Gallery. Yale University Press.
Goffen, Rona. 2002. Renaissance Rivals. Yale University Press.
Hale, J.R., ed. 1999. Encyclopedia of the Italian Renaissance. Thames and Hudson.
Hartt, Frederick. 1994. Italian Renaissance Art. Harry N. Abrams.
Karcheski, Walter J., Jr. 1995. Arms and Armor in the Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago.
Kiers, Judijke, and Fieke Tissink. 2000. The Golden Age of Dutch Art: Painting, Sculpture, Decorative Art. Thames and Hudson.
Ladis, Andrew, and Carolyn Wood. 1995. The Craft of Art: Originality and Industry in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque Workshop. University of Georgia Press.
Levenson, Jay A. 1991. Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration. National Gallery of Art.
Levey, Michael. 1987. Early Renaissance (Style and Civilization Series). Penguin, USA.
___. High Renaissance (Style and Civilization series). 1991. Penguin, USA.
Lloyd, Christopher, Margherita Andreotti, Larry J. Feinberg, and Martha Wolff. 1993. Italian Paintings before 1600 in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Collection. The Art Institute of Chicago.
Martin, John Rupert. 1977. Baroque. Harper and Row.
Snyder, James. 1985. Northern Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, the Graphic Arts from 1350 to 1575. Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Sutton, Peter C. 1993. Age of Rubens. The Museum of Fine Arts/Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
___. Masters of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting: Philadelphia Museum of Art. 1984. Philadelphia Museum of Art /University of Pennsylvania Press.
___. Masters of 17th-Century Dutch Landscape Painting. 1989. Museum of Fine Arts.
Tomlison, Janis. 1997. From El Greco to Goya: Painting in Spain 1561–1828. Harry N. Abrams.
Westerman, Mariët. 1996. A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic 1585–1718 (Perspectives series). Harry N. Abrams.
Wise, Susan, and Malcolm Warner, with Larry J. Feinberg and Martha Wolff. 1996. French and British Paintings from 1600 to 1800 in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Collection. The Art Institute of Chicago.


Belkin, Kristin Lohse. 1998. Rubens (Art and Ideas series). Phaidon Press Limited.
Brown, Christopher, Jan Kelch, and Pieter van Thiel. 1991. Rembrandt: The Master and His Workshop: Painting. Yale University Press.
Brown, Jonathan. 1991. Zurbarán (Masters of Art series). Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Chapman, H. Perry. 1990. Rembrandt’s Self-Portraits. Princeton University Press.
Chapman, H. Perry, Wouter Th. Kloek, and Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr. 1996. Jan Steen, Painter and Storyteller. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press.
Eskerdjian, David. 1997. Correggio. Yale University Press.
Koslow, Susan. 1995. Frans Snyders: The Noble Estate: Seventeenth-Century Still-Life and Animal Painting in the Southern Netherlands. Fonds Mercator.
McTighe, Sheila. 1996. Nicolas Poussin’s Landscape Allegories. Cambridge University Press.
Mann, Richard G. 1986. El Greco and His Patrons: Three Major Projects. Cambridge University Press.
Martin, Thomas. 1998. Alessandro Vittoria and the Portrait Bust in Renaissance Venice (Clarendon Studies in History of Art). Oxford University Press.
Spear, Richard E. 1997. The Divine Guido: Religion, Sex, Money, and Art in the World of Guido Reni. Yale University Press.
Stepanov, Alexander. 1997. Lucas Cranach the Elder: 1472–1553. Parkstone.
Walford, E. John. 1991. Jacob van Ruisdael and the Perception of Landscape. Yale University Press.

Books for Children

Bonafoux, Pascal. 1992. A Weekend with Rembrandt. Rizzoli.
O’Reilly, Wenda, et. al. 2000. Renaissance Art Game. Birdcage Books. (book and gameboard)
Cole, Alison. 2000. Renaissance (Eyewitness series). DK Publishing.
Gravett, Christopher. 2000. Knight (Eyewitness series). DK Publishing.
Hodges, Margaret. 1984. Saint George and the Dragon. Illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman. Little, Brown & Company.
Mühlberger, Richard. 1993. What Makes a Rembrandt a Rembrandt? The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Viking.
Ripley, Elizabeth. 1960. Botticelli. J.B. Lippincott Company.
___. Rubens. 1957. Oxford University Press.
Schwartz, Gary. 1992. First Impressions: Rembrandt. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers.
Venezia, Mike. 1994. Botticelli (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists). Children’s Press.
___. El Greco (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists). 1999. Children’s Press.
___. Rembrandt (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists). 1994. Children’s Press.



Feast of the Gods. 27 min. National Gallery of Art and Home Vision Entertainment, 1990. (X-ray, computer graphic, infrared photography investigation of Titian’s painting.)
Masters of Illusion. 30 minutes. National Gallery of Art and Home Vision Entertainment, 1991. Survey of artistic and scientific developments in the Renaissance.
Painting the World. 120 min. BBC/National Gallery of Art. Distributed by Home Vision Arts. 1999. (European history, from the late Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution, through masterpieces at the National Gallery of Art.)
Rembrandt: Fathers and Sons. 52 min. Steeplechase Entertainment, 2001.
Rembrandt by Himself. 27 min. National Gallery of Art, 1999.
Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting: The Renaissance. 60 min. BBC Video, 1996.
Vision on Art: Pieter Paul Rubens. 101 min. Home Vision Arts, 1992.


Art History Resources on the Web
Illustrated online survey of art history, including the Renaissance and Baroque periods, maintained by Chris Witcombe, professor of art history at Sweet Briar College, Virginia
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt’s 1860 introduction to Italian Renaissance history and culture is still a vital reference for students and scholars of the period.
The European Voyages of Exploration
Site examining the exploration of Africa, Asia, and the Americas by Spain and Portugal in the 15th and 16th centuries
From Van Eyck to Bruegel
Website for the 1999 exhibition of early Netherlandish painting organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
National Gallery Painting Collection Tour
Online gallery walks of Renaissance and Baroque art ranging from the Netherlands to Spain
The Rembrandt House Museum: Rembrandt
Online tour of the home in which Rembrandt created art, presented by the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam
Rembrandt van Rijn: Abraham Entertaining the Angels
Tour of a Rembrandt etching in the National Gallery of Art collection, with an explanation of the story, biography of the artist, and discussion of Rembrandt’s printmaking techniques
The Renaissance As a Time Period
From, a set of interdisciplinary lessons on Renaissance history and culture for 8th- grade students. One lesson asks students to select a guild and create an autobiography of a person working and living during the period.
Restoring a Masterwork
Minneapolis Institute of Arts site documenting the 1999 restoration of Italian Baroque painter Giovanni Bendetto Castiglione’s The Immaculate Conception with Saints Francis of Assisi and Anthony of Padua. Includes x-ray images of the painting and a daily log of conservators’ work, which took place before the public in the museum’s galleries
Rogier van der Weyden, Saint George and the Dragon, 1432–35
"NGA Kids" website created by the National Gallery of Art guides children through van der Weyden’s portrayal of the brave Saint George’s defeat of a princess-eating dragon.
WebMuseum, Paris: Famous Paintings Exhibition
Brief and well-illustrated introduction to art of the Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, and Baroque periods