Subject Guides

General Overviews

Each guide includes a brief introduction to a popular topic in the visual arts, with links to key essays and biographies as well as external resources. Educators are welcome to share links to these guides with students, using them as a starting point for further research and discussion.

William H. Johnson: Going to Church, oil on burlap, 968×1121 mm, c. 1940–44 (Washington, DC, 

Smithsonian American Art Museum); photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY
African American Art
 Lee Krasner: Gothic Landscape, oil on canvas, 1.77×2.38 m, 1961 (London, Tate); © 2007 

Pollock–Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo credit: Tate, London/Art Resource, NY
American Art and Architecture
Pyramids at Giza, 4th Dynasty, c. 2575–c. 2465 BC; photo credit: E. Strouhal/Werner Forman/Art Resource, NY
Ancient Egypt
Carsten Höller: Upside Down Mushroom Room, installation view at Fondazione Prada, Milan, 2000; 

photo © Attilio Maranzano, courtesy of Fondazione Prada and Air de Paris, Paris
Art in the 21st Century
Embroidered medallion, silk, 1368–1644 (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fletcher Fund, 1942, 

Accession ID: 42.74.6); image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Asian Art
Anne Zahalka: Cole Classic, from series Leisureland, type C photograph, 11.5×14.5 

m, 1999; photo courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Australian Modern and Contemporary Art
Versailles, view of the Garden Front façade, by Louis Le Vau and Jules Hardouin 

Mansart, 1668–85; photo credit: Giraudon/Art Resource, NY
Baroque Art and Architecture
Pablo Picasso: Three Musicians, oil on canvas, 2.01×2.23 m, 1921 (New York, Museum of Modern Art); © 2007 

Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo © Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY
Cubism
Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Composition of Circles and Overlapping Angles, oil on canvas, 495×641 

mm, 1930 (New York, Museum of Modern Art); © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, photo © Museum of Modern Art/Licensed 

by SCALA / Art Resource, NY
Dada and Surrealism
František Kupka: Discs of Newton (Study for a Fugue in Two Colors), oil on canvas, 495×650 

mm, 1911–2 (Paris, Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne); © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/photo credit: 

CNAC/MNAM/Dist. Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY
Eastern European Art
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Street, Dresden, oil on canvas, 1.51×2.00 m, 1908 (dated 1907) (New York, Museum 

of Modern Art); © by Ingeborg & Dr. Wolfgang Henze-Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern, photo © Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY
Expressionism
Marcel Rochas: Sunglasses, ceramic, plastic and glass, 1939 (New York, The Museum at FIT); photo 

courtesy of The Museum at FIT
Fashion
Paul Cézanne: Zola’s House at Médan, oil on canvas, 590×725 mm, c. 1880 

(Glasgow, Burrell Collection); photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Ravenna, S Apollinare Nuovo, mosaic showing the Betrayal of Christ, c. 500; 

photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY
Medieval Art and Architecture
Jacques-Louis David: Oath of the Horatii, oil on canvas, 3.30×4.25 m, 

1784 (Paris, Musée du Louvre); Photo credit: Scala/Art Resources NY
Neo-classicism and the French Revolution
Fra Angelico: Annunciation (c. 1440–45), fresco, north corridor, 

monastery of S Marco, Florence; photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY
Renaissance Art and Architecture
Praenestine: Cista Handle in the Form of Two Wrestlers, bronze, 113x180x30 mm, 4th-

3rd century BC (Baltimore, The Walters Art Museum, Acquired by Henry Walters, Accession Number: 54.936); photo credit: Walters Art Museum
Roman Art and Architecture
Yoko Ono: Cut Piece, photo of performance, July 20, 1964 (Kyoto, Yamaichi Hall); photo 

courtesy of Lenono Photo Archive ©Yoko Ono
Women in the Visual Arts

Specialized Guides

Each guide includes a brief essay, with embedded images and links to external resources and Oxford Art Online articles.

Titian: Venus with a Mirror, oil on canvas, c. 1555; image courtesy of the 

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Renaissance Paragone: Painting and Sculpture
Raphael: Pala Colonna (or Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints), oil and gold on wood, c. 1504 (New York, 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916, Accession ID: 16.30ab); image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Renaissance Paragone: Disegno and Colore
Thomas Rowlandson: The Corsican Spider in His Web, 1808; image courtesy of 

the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
British Visual Satire, 18th–20th Centuries
Jusepe de Ribera: St Paul the Hermit, c. 1638 (Baltimore, Walters Art Museum)
Caravaggio and Caravaggisti in 17th-Century Europe
William Blake: Jerusalem, plate 78 (Copy E), c. 1804–1820 (http://www.britishart.yale.edu)
European and American Printmakers in the 19th Century
Dorothea Lange: Migrant agricultural worker's family, nitrate film negative, 

101.6×127 mm, 1936 (Washington, DC, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division); image courtesy of the Library of Congress
American Women Photographers, c. 1900-1940
Mark Rothko: No. 

13 (White, Red on Yellow), oil and acrylic with powdered pigments on canvas, 2.423×2.067 m, 1958 (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of The 

Mark Rothko Foundation Inc, 1985, Accession ID: 1985.63.5); © 2011 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New 

York; image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Painters in Post-war New York City

New thematic guides are added regularly. To suggest a topic for inclusion, email oxfordarteditor@oup.com.