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ART101: History & Appreciation of Art I (Chen-AL): Background Info - Historical & Cultural

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Background on Artifacts

Print Encyclopedias

  • Dictionary of Art - Ref N31.D5
  • Facts on File Encyclopedia of Art   Ref N31 .F33 2005
  • Oxford Companion to Western Art - Ref N33.O923
  • Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History - Ref N5300.F64

Historical, Social & Cultural Background

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