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ARTH 276: Studies in Western Art II


Some examples of themes in art:

  • Geography
  • Time Period
  • Movement
  • Artist(s)
  • Material/Form
  • Highlights of a museum collection
  • Subjects
    • Abstraction
    • Figure
    • Historical Subjects
    • Landscapes
    • Portraiture
    • Scenes from Everyday Life
    • Still Life

For other ideas, review exhibition catalogs found in the library's book collection.

Books with Themes

Use Primo to find books which explore themes in art. Search "[topic] in art"


  • "Animals in art"
  • "Sports in art"
  • "Men in art"
  • "Female nude in art"
  • "Death in art"
  • "Flowers in art"
  • "Motherhood in art"
  • "Heroes in art"
  • "Families in art"
  • "Grotesque in art"

Use the Collins Catalog to find only materials held at Puget Sound


To find articles which explore themes in art, search the following databases.

Books from the Catalog

Reference sources about the symbolic meaning of images, terms, and movements

Artspeak : a guide to contemporary ideas, movements, and buzzwords, Author: Atkins, Robert Call #: N6490 .A87 1997 Reference
Dictionary of subjects and symbols in art Author: Hall, James, 1918-2007 Call #: N7560 .H34 Reference
Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography Call #: N7560 .E53 1998 Reference
Illustrated dictionary of symbols in eastern and western art Author: Hall, James, 1918-2007 Call #: N7740 .H35 1994 Reference