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Fine Arts


Cima da Conegliano, Madonna col Bambino, Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco  Welcome to the Greenlease Library's Fine Arts Research Guide!

Use this guide to find fine arts sources through the Library and on the Web. If you can't find what you need, contact us via phone, chat, or email, using the information to the right. No question is too small or too big!

Background Information - Start here to get access to general reference information about Fine Arts.

Find Articles- Search for journal articles about Fine Arts using databases that provide access to journals and articles. 

Find Images -  use a variety of internet sources to locate fine arts images

Find Books - Search our catalog for books about your research topic.

Copyright Resources - When working with images in your research and presentation, it's important to understand copyright guidelines. Review our subject guide about Copyright for help in understanding Fair Use, Copyright. Public Domain, and the Teach Act and how that affects your work. 

What is Fine Art?

Fine art, from the 17th century on, has meant art forms developed primarily for aesthetics, distinguishing them from applied arts that also have to serve some practical function. Historically, the five main fine arts were painting, sculpture, architecture, music and poetry, with minor arts including theater and dance. Today, the fine arts commonly include additional forms, including film, photography, conceptual art, and printmaking. However, in some institutes of learning or in museums, fine art and frequently the term fine arts (pl.) as well, are associated exclusively with visual art forms. (Source: Wikipedia 8/13/2013)

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