Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and Répertoire de la Litterature de l'Art (RILA)

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Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and Répertoire de la Litterature de l'Art (RILA) provides a comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of Western art from late antiquity to the present. Broad in scope, BHA and RILA encompasses fine arts-painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, and architecture-as well as decorative and applied arts-crafts, graphic arts, folk, and popular art. 

BHA and RILA indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings, dissertations, exhibition and dealers' catalogs and articles from thousands of periodicals in many languages. The database is particularly strong in European art from the medieval through modern periods, and in the indexing of foreign language materials.


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Dates covered

Covers material published between 1975 and 2007.

Updating frequency

No longer being updated.


Journals. Articles within the subject scope of the database are included regardless of the general subject focus of a particular journal, so many journals are only partially covered. Click here [PDF] for a list of journals cited in BHA.

Type of coverage

Citations, some with abstracts.

Print counterpart or
related resources

RAA (Repertoire d'Art et d'Archéologie) from 1973 to 1989 and RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art) from 1975 to 1989.

Producer/content provider

Produced jointly by the Getty Research Institute and the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST).

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Getty Research Institute

Core Subject(s)