Index of Christian Art


Access: Accessible on campus through networked computer.

To access the database click on the "Enter the Database" button at the bottom of the home page.

This is the largest database of medieval art in existence with full-text records for over 23,000 works of art dating from early apostolic times to A.D. 1400. Each work, depending on the medium can have up to fifty different classification fields, including data such as location/ownership, date, school, style, etc. The subject matter of each work is classified under one or more of the 27,165 subject terms developed over eighty-five years by the Index and a full-text description accompanies each work.

The database contains a portion of the back files and all works electronically indexed by the archive, since 1991, when computerization started. The database is both text and image, however a number of images, due to copyright laws, are restricted for public use and cannot be accessed. Most Work of Art Records have a bibliographic reference which will include a published image of the work. As yet the database contains only a fraction of the holdings in the Index. As works from the backfiles are electronically indexed they will be available on this internet site.

The database contains three main authority files - Work of Art Records, Subject Records (the classification terms used to index the works of art) and the Bibliographic Records (citations which support the above two files). These three files may be used independently or else in combination.