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Research Guides


Need to conduct research on a work of art in the Museum's collections? Try starting with one of the library's research guides. Especially targeted to beginning students of art history, these guides help identify published sources related to works from the MFAH art collections and general art topics.

The research guides listed below are available for download in PDF format.

Arts of Africa, Oceania, & the Americas

Incense Burner

Teotihuacan, Incense Burner (incensario) Lid, 150–650, ceramic, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund.

Jalisco, Mexico, Kneeling Woman Nursing a Baby, 300 BC–AD 300, ceramic, the MFAH, gift of Mrs. Harry C. Hanszen.

 

Ulúa, Honduras, Tripod Vase with Bird Handles, 700‑1000, marble. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund.


• Kneeling Woman Nursing a Baby [Mesoamerican, Jalisco]

• Incense Burner (Incensario) Lid [Mesoamerican, Teotihuacan]

• Tripod Vase with Bird Handles [Mesoamerican, Ulúa]

Antiquities


• Coffin of Pedi-Osiris [Egyptian]

• Model Boat [Egyptian]

• Pharaoh Ramesses II Enthroned [Egyptian]

• Eagle-Headed Apkallu [Assyrian]

• Grave Stele [Greek]

• Grave Stele for a Woman [Greek]

• Hattatt Painter - Amphora with Scene from the "Iliad" [Greek]

• Head of Poseidon / Antigonos Doson [Greek]

• Painter of the Yale Oinochoe - Red Figure Hydria [Greek]

• Syriskos Painter - Red Figure Column Krater [Greek]

• Portrait Figure of a Ruler [Roman]

• Torso of Aphrodite [Roman]

• Imperial Portrait of the Emperor Caligula [Roman]

• Indian Triumph of Dionysus [Roman]

• Musical Contest between Apollo and Marsyas [Roman]

Arts of Asia

Standing Buddha Thai

Thai, Standing Buddha, late 8th century, bronze, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Asian Art, with gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Allen III, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Daly, Mr. and Mrs. John Goodman, Dr. and Mrs. Ninan Mathew, Drs. Usha and Kumara Peddamatham, Isabel B. and Wallace S. Wilson, and Mr. and Mrs. George R. Brown, by exchange.
 

Indian, Ganesh and Siddhi, 10th–11th century, sandstone, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Milton D. Rosenau, Jr., and Dr. Ellen R. Gritz.

Koei (Unkei IX), Amida, 1472, wood with traces of polychrome, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund.

Indian, Shiva Nataraja, 13th century, bronze, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Carol and Robert Straus.


• Ritual Vessel (Ding) [Chinese]

• Ganesh and Siddhi [Indian]

• Shiva Nataraja [Indian]

• Vishnu and His Avatars [Indian]

• Koei - Amida [Japanese]

• Standing Buddha [Thai]

European Art

Gerard Portrait of Louise-Antoinette-Scholastique Gueheneuc, Madame la Marechale Lannes, Duchesse de Montebello, with her Children

François Pascal Simon Gérard, Portrait of Louise-Antoinette-Scholastique Guéhéneuc, Madame la Maréchale Lannes, Duchesse de Montebello, with Her Children, 1814, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund and the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund.


• Claudio Coello - Saint Michael the Archangel [Spanish]

• François Pascal Simon Gérard - Portrait of Louise-Antoinette-Scholastique Guéhéneuc, Madame la Maréchale Lannes, Duchesse de Montebello, with Her Children [French]

• Master of the Straus Madonna - Virgin and Child [Italian]

• Scarsellino - Virgin and Child with Saints [Italian]

• Rogier van der Weyden - The Virgin and Child [Netherlandish]

General Guides

Judd Untitled

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1975, brass and painted aluminum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum commission with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and matched by The Brown Foundation, Inc. © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, www.vagarights.com


• Objects in the Museum’s Permanent Collection

• Research on a Contemporary Artist

• Color & Pigment

• Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican Art & Artifacts