The Golden Gate Atelier art history program is designed for the working artist.  The atelier has a large archive of digital images for student use and a small library of art books.  But every painter should begin his or her collection of art books.  Art books are expensive, but they will be of use for years to come.  The following are a great place to start because they contain detailed discussions of the techniques of the masters.

Recommended Art History Books

  • R. A. M. Stevenson. Velasquez. George Bell and Sons, 1899
  • Kenyon Cox.  The Classic Point of View.  The Classical America Series.  W. W. Norton, 1980.
  • Evan Charteriers. John Sargent. Scribners, 1927
  • Ernst van de Wetering. Rembrandt: The Painter at Work. Amsterdam University Press, 1997
  • Arthur K. Wheelock. Vermeer and the Art of Painting. Yale, 1995
  • Damien Bartoli with Fred Ross. Catalogue Raisonné on William Bouguereau (1825-1905). Art Renewal Center, 2010.
  • Weinberg, Barbara. The Lure of Paris.   Abbeville, 1991.
  • Elizabeth G. Holt ed.  From the Classicists to the Impressionists.  Yale, 1966.
  •  Jonathan Brown.  Velasquez: The Techniques of Genius. Yale, 1998
  • William Rothenstein.  Men and Memories: Recollections, 1872-1938. U of Missouri, 1978