Want to Learn More? - Researching Your Art

Artwork Image
Media - 1967.57.28 - SAAM-1967.57.28_1 - 51965
Palmer Hayden, "The Janitor Who Paints," ca. 1930

For further information on materials, terms, or techniques, please check the books listed below.

  • Carr, Dawson W., and Mark Leonard.  Looking at Paintings: a Guide to Technical Terms. Malibu, Calif.: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992.

  • Mayer, Ralph.  The Artist’s Handbook of Materials & Techniques. New York: Viking, 1991.

  • Taylor, Joshua C. Learning to Look: A Handbook for the Visual Arts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981.


If you want to research a bit more, check out the following bibliographies.

Artists by Region 
Learn more about artists who were active in your state or region of the U.S.

Artists by Occupation
Resources on architects, craft and design artists, folk arts, foundries, graphic artists, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, and artists who specialized in miniatures or silhouettes.

Minority Artists Biographical Sources
Sources on African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, women, and hearing impaired artists.

Artist Dictionaries and Other Sources

Artist biographical dictionaries, obituary sources, dictionaries for signatures and monograms, and a directory of artists' materials and suppliers.