Western Art & Architecture Collections

Materials on Western Art and architecture may be found throughout the Sackler Library but, for the periods Medieval - Contemporary, are housed primarily on Floors 2 and 3.

The collection range is extensive, with strong holdings on the “fine” and “decorative” arts, and on architecture, as well on art theory, criticism and historiography.

Please note that publications on illuminated manuscripts are generally housed at the Bodleian Library, in support of its collection of Western illuminated manuscripts. Similarly, materials on stained glass are collected primarily by the Bodleian Library.

Publications on the history of photography are collected by the Sackler and the Bodleian.

There are also extensive complementary holdings at the Bodleian Libraries’ offsite facility (“Closed Stack”). Readers may request these items for consultation at the Sackler.

Publications are collected in all relevant languages.

The collection is non-circulating.

There are several sequences for this collection:

  • The former History of Art Department library collection (includes acquisitions to 2007)
    Housed on Floor 2
  • The former Western Art library, Ashmolean Museum (includes acquisitions to 2007)
    Housed on Floors 2 and 3
  • The “Library of Congress classification” sequence (includes acquisitions 2007 – present)
    Housed on Floor 2
  • The Wind Room (primarily but not exclusively Renaissance art, iconography, and the revival of classical antiquity: restricted access)
  • The Haskell Room (Salon criticism: restricted access)
  • Auction catalogues (housed off site)

Apart from some auction dealer and catalogues, all items in the Western Art & Architecture Collections are on SOLO.

For further assistance please contact the Art and Architecture Librarian: clare.hills-nova@bodleian.ox.ac.uk


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