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ART345 Portraiture (2020)

A guide for students in Kathleen Nolan's class, created by Librarian Maryke Barber

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Worldcat: Find books in libraries worldwide, and order them via Inter-Library Loan if Hollins does not have them.


  • Using will sort your results by relevance; using will put our books first.
  • When searching for a person in Worldcat, it helps to add a search term (or two) about who they are/what they do - to sort them out from other people with the same name. Try the following formula for artists, for example:

Kathryn Clark and art*

or use the advanced search:

  • keyword: "kathryn clark"
  • subject: art*

Google Books contains full text for books in the public domain (pre-1923); partial text for books under copyright.

Very useful for finding out which books contain information on your topic; then you can order them via inter-library loan if Hollins doesn't have them.

Suggested Subject Terms


  • Portrait painting
  • Portraits
  • Portraits, Baroque
  • Portraits, Renaissance
  • Portraits – Name of country
  • Portraits, Belgian [Dutch, French, German, Italian, etc.]
  • Self-portraits

  • Children – Portraits
  • Kings and rulers – Portraits
  • Women – Portraits

  • Names of cities and countries
  • Name of city or country – Biography – Portraits
    [NOTE: Holland, Netherlands, Flanders, Belgium, Dutch, Flemish, Belgian are all possible search terms ]

  • Names of people or families (e.g. Medici)
  • Name of person or family – Portraits
  • Name of artist – Self-portraits


  • Art, Baroque
  • Painting, Baroque -- Spain
  • Sculpture, Baroque -- Italy


  • Art, Renaissance -- Italy
  • Painting, renaissance -- Italy
  • Renaissance -- Italy

Time Period:

    • Renaissance
    • "To 1500"
    • 14th, 15th, 16th century
    • Baroque
    • 17th, 18th century

    Thematic Terms of Interest:

    • Children in art
    • Kings and rulers in art
    • Marriage in art
    • Queens in art
    • Women in art



    Doing keyword searches, you can combine terms in any way you like.
    NOTE: This is only a starting point. Use all the terms you can think of that describe your topic in your searches.

    Other Useful terms in the online catalog:

    • History
    • Social life and customs (as in "Florence (Italy) -- Social life and customs")
    • Social aspects
    • Manners and customs
    • Gender identity

    Use the *

    Use the *  (asterisk) to truncate your search terms, to search several terms at once.
    Example:  illuminat* = "illuminated"+ ""+ "illumination" + "illuminations", etc.