Your pathfinder through the renaissance

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This “Pathfinder” is designed to help you find your way through researching art during the Renaissance. You will be able to find most of the materials in Brookfield Academy’s Upper School Library or through our subscription databases. The resources provided are by no means “all that’s out there.” Use the following general tips:

Here are a few subject searches you might try in our library catalog:

Art - - 15th & 16th centuries

Venetian painting

Painting,, Renaissance

Michelangelo Buonarroti – 1475-1564


Art, Renaissance

Italy – history – 1492-1559

Leonardo, da Vinci – 1452-1519

Florentine painting

Raphael – 1483-1520

Let’s suppose you do a subject search of Art, renaissance. In order to access the greatest number of resources, you should then click on the “search results” (written in small print under the “catalog” tag). Some of the books have the call number 709.03 Once you find the call number of a book that looks promising it’s a great idea to go to the stacks and see what is else is there!!!!


Nonfiction books:

The Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy. Smart, Alister. 709.03 SMA (US).

The Renaissance and Mannerism in Northern Europe and Spain. 709.03 SMA (US)
Larousse Encyclopedia of Renaissance and Baroque Art. Edited by Huyghe, Rene. 709.03 HUY (US).
The Renaissance. Edited by Thompson, Stephen P. 940.2 THO (US) Contains over twenty essays in which the authors examine various aspects of the Renaissance, discussing its origins, political and social contexts, discoveries and transformations, achievements and developments, and significance.
Reference books:

Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance. Cambell, Gordon. R 940.2 CAM Contains four thousand alphabetized entries on people, places, and topics from the Renaissance throughout Europe.
Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. Grendler, Paul F. R 940.2 GRE Contains approximately twelve hundred alphabetically arranged entries that provide information about various aspects of the history and culture of the Renaissance, covering a period that ranges from 1350 through the seventeenth century; and includes maps, genealogical tables, and a chronology.
Renaissance and Reformation, Almanac, Biographies, Primary Sources and Cumulative Index. R 940.2 Almanac contains articles that provide historical information on aspects of European history from the mid-1300s to the early 1600s, examining the Italian and Northern Renaissance, and the Catholic and Protestant Reformations, grouped in seven subject chapters, with sidebars, illustrations, a glossary, cross-references, a time line, and research and activity ideas. Biographies profiles twenty-four men and women who played significant roles in the Renaissance and Reformation periods, including artists, authors, religious leaders, musicians, scientists, and kings and queens; arranged alphabetically from A to K, with illustrations, a time line of events, and a glossary. Primary Sources Presents eighteen full or excerpted primary source documents written by Renaissance and Reformation-era people, grouped in the categories of humanism, Renaissance arts and science, drama and literature, Protestant Reformation, Catholic Reformation, and witch-hunts.


The Renaissance. VIDEO 940.21 REN (US) Scholars of the Renaissance from Yale University share their knowledge in this video which takes the viewer back to the age alive with invention, creativity, imagination and curiosity

Many websites that already have been evaluated for accuracy, currency and authority are accessible through our library catalog by doing a subject search of any of the following:

Architecture, Renaissance

Painting, Renaissance

Renaissance architecture

Raphael, 1483-1520

Art, Renaissance


Art – 15h & 16th century

Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519

If you scroll down the items retrieved, the last item is “Webpath Express” You may simply click onto that item to find the websites. You may also search Webpath Express using the link on the left of the catalog page. Be sure you select sites that are appropriate for grades 9-12 (they are labeled as such). Here a few of many good sites found through “Webpath Express.” If you are searching for information about 16th century Renaissance art, then visit this web site, maintained by a professor of art history at Virginia's Sweet Briar College, to view the listing of links to web sites regarding this topic. The links are organized under the following headings: Renaissance art in Italy and 16th century art in Northern Europe and Spain. Link to sources for information about individual artists and/or their works of art. This web site is well maintained. Find out how the people of the Renaissance period portrayed music, painting and architecture at this informative web site. Link to other interesting topics relating to Renaissance and the arts. Topics include biographical information and recordings of Renaissance composers, mathematicians and the principles of the day, and the merging of art and science. Access this web site to learn about the Renaissance that occurred within the art world during the late 14th century through the 16th century. Access information about the Renaissance in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and France. Use the links to learn about some of the artists mentioned within the text and to view examples of their art. Link to information about Titian, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Jan van Eyck, Jean Fouquet, and many others. There is also a great deal of information about the Renaissance as a historical period. Access the National Gallery of Art web site to take a tour of Northern European art of the 15th and 16th centuries. Learn general information about art and artists from this period of time, or use the provided links to take a tour of Netherlandish painting in the 1400's, 15th and early 16th century Germany, Netherlandish and Spanish altarpieces in the late 1400's and early 1500's, and Antwerp in the early 1500's. Click on the images of the famous works of art to learn more about their style, theme, or the artist who created it.

Access Facts on File by going to the Library Homepage, and clicking on the links under the “Upper School Resources.” Our user name is brookfieldacademy and the password is fivestar. You will click onto either Ancient and Medieval History Online or Modern World History Online. In either case, you may type in renaissance in the search box – upper right-hand corner. You may follow the links provided for biographies, primary sources, events, topics, maps and more.


Access World Book Advanced by going to the Library Homepage and clicking on the links under the “Upper School Resources.” Enter “Renaissance” into the search box. Rather than focusing on the articles look at the links to the left and right of the search results. You can access more good web sites, historical maps, and primary source materials. You may also wish to search for specific artists in the encyclopedia, as well, but pay more attention to the links provided and the article citations than the articles themselves. You may access World Book Advanced from home, by going to . Our user name is balibrary and the password is fivestar.

Can’t find anything useful on the Renaissance after all of that? You may look at other libraries!
One way to do this is to visit any library to which you are a member. Many public libraries organize their collection according to the Dewey Decimal system. This means that all of their books you found useful in the school library, will have the same call number in the public library – so you may go directly to their shelves and find more on the same topic. You may access the public library catalogs in Waukesha County by going to and Milwaukee County public libraries by going to
A second way to access materials at other libraries – especially academic libraries – is by using WISCAT. Here’s what you need to do:
Go onto You may do this at school, by clicking on the Badgerlink link under “Upper School Resource” on the Library Homepage. Your next step is to scroll down to “WISCAT” and click on it. You will then hit the “begin” button that will appear. Suppose you do a subject search of “painting, Renaissance” AND “Michelangelo Buonarroti”. Type these into separate search boxes and choose “subject” as opposed to “all headings” by using the drop down key. Using this example you will generate 35 titles. You may check books out from local libraries by requesting an Infopass from your school librarian. You will need to know the exact call number for the book. Your librarian will complete an “Infopass” form for you, which will allow you to check out the specific materials on the form. You cannot browse for other items when using the Infopass, however.
Ask your librarian along your path if you need help!!!
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