ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Clark houses one of the most distinguished art research libraries in the country, with more than 295,000 volumes in over 72 languages. Focusing on post-medieval European and American art, the collection is outstanding in the fields of Italian and Northern Renaissance, Baroque, and nineteenth-century French art, the history of photography, and international contemporary art, as well as theory and visual culture.
The library’s special collections enhance both library and museum holdings. Highlights include the founding collection of Robert Sterling Clark's rare books, the history of photomechanical reproduction, early illustrated printed books, decorative arts and sample books, twentieth- and twenty-first century artists’ books, and archival collections.
special collections book of the month
Julius S. Held Collection
Sadeler, Ægidius, 1568-1629. Symbola Diuina & Humana Pontificvm, Imperatorum, Regum. Ex musæo Octavii de Strada civis Romani ; S.C.M. scvlptor Egidius Sadeler excv. Pragæ 1600. Prague: [s.n.,|c1600].
Aegidius Sadeler, born 1570 in Antwerp into the renowned Sadeler family of print dealers and engravers, was a member of the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke and worked in Munich, Rome, and Naples before settling in Prague. Aegidius was appointed Imperial Printmaker to three successive Hapsburg emperors in Prague and Vienna and helped to spread the art of the Hapsburg Courts, and especially the artists of Rudolf II, particularly Hans van Aachen and Batholomeus Spranger, throughout Europe. This emblem book comprises a collection of divine and human symbols of pontiffs, emperors, and kings.
Serving the general public as well as visiting scholars and local students and faculty, the Clark library welcomes all visitors to use its reference and research services and to enjoy its collections. An extensive array of electronic resources and reference materials support scholarly research in the field of Art History. Library staff are dedicated to assisting all users to access the library’s wide-ranging and diverse collections.
New Acquisitions Book of the Week
Where the Power Is : Indigenous Perspectives on Northwest Coast Art. Karen Duffek, Bill McLennan, Jordan Wilson. Vancouver: MOA; Vancouver; Berkeley: Figure.1, 2021.
Where the Power Is brings together contemporary Indigenous knowledge holders with extraordinary works of historical Northwest Coast art that transcend the category of "art" or "artifact" and embody distinct ways of knowing and being in the world. Dozens of Indigenous artists and community members visited the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia to engage with these objects and learn from the hands of their ancestors. The photographs and their commentaries speak to the connections between tangible and intangible cultural belongings; how "art" remains part of Northwest Coast peoples' ongoing relationships to their territories and governance; Indigenous experiences of reconnection, reclamation, and return; and critical and necessary conversations around the role of museums.
The library is open without appointment. Hours are:
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