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FYS: Taking a Walk in a Painting: Taking a Walk in a Painting

Sergio Costola, Fall 2014

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Books on Velazquez and Las Meninas

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Overview of Velazquez' Las Meninas InfoGuide

This Guide will help you use the library to find the sources for papers and projects in Taking a Walk in a Painting: Velzquez's Las Meninas.

Velazquez' famous painting Las Meninas (1656)- considered by many "the world's greatest painting"- has become a battlefield for modern investigators, geometricians, metaphysicians, artists, photographers, semioticians, political and social historians, and lovers of painting. Now, pretend you could shrink yourself and walk into Velazquez' painting: What would you see there? What would it smell like? What could you feel? What would you ask the people in the artwork or what would you do together? What exactly does this famous key monument have to offer a person today? What does Velazquez' Las Meninas actually show?

This InfoGuide will help you in understanding how to search for materials and how to find help if you need it at any time. Using a variety of different subjects, you will be able to research the following:

  • Art History
  • Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Humanities

Where to Find Scholarly Sources

The library has subscriptions to databases containing scholarly articles in many subject areas, and articles from popular magazines and newspapers. Databases featured in this box are particularly useful for Taking a Walk in a Painting.

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database. It is one of many library subscription databases.

Tip: When you view a full record for an article, read the abstract, or summary, to quickly ascertain if it is relevant to your research. 

Artstor Image Database

Remember that if you want to access Artstor from off campus, you must register first ON CAMPUS.

For help in using Artstor, consult the help page, or better yet contact Katherine Hooker! ( or x1024)

"Founded with a mission to enhance scholarship and teaching through the use of digital images and media, Artstor is a nonprofit organization committed to digital collection solutions for universities, museums, schools, and libraries worldwide. Our ever-increasing digital library includes more than 2 million high-quality images for education and research from a wide variety of contributors around the world."

WorldCat Local has the ability to search for books, audiovisual materials, and journals as well as for articles in our most popular, multi-disciplinary databases (Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, and Project Muse).

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Potentially Useful Internet Resources

While the library provides many reilable resources for finding information on topics discussed in Taking a Walk in a Painting, there are several websites your professors and librarians have determined are reliable and informative.

Use these criteria to evaluate a website: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose

Pay particular attention to Authority!

Authority: the source of the information

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
  • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
  • examples: .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .gov (U.S. government), .org (nonprofit organization), or .net (network)

Visual Resources Collection

If you need additional help with images or the ArtStor Database, please contact Visual Resources Librarian Katherine Hooker. The VRC is located on the 3rd floor of the Fine Arts Building, directly above the art history offices and classroom.