Studying the arts can have many benefits for students and researchers, helping to inspire creativity, encourage self-expression, and build confidence. With that in mind, two new Topic Centers have just been added to the award-winning Bloom’s Literature database that greatly expand Bloom’s coverage of the fine and performing arts. Fine Art and World of Dance feature thousands of new entries on artists, dancers, and related subjects; thousands of high-resolution fine-art images; more than 50 full-length videos; and more.
Editorially curated, Bloom’s Literature‘s Topic Centers provide students with a starting point for research on high-interest subjects, allowing them to locate and explore relevant, authoritative content quickly and efficiently. Learn more about the new Topic Centers below, and sign up for a free trial!
Fine Art Topic Center
This brand-new, richly illustrated Topic Center covers the entire history of art, from the Paleolithic era to modern times, from Africa and Asia to Europe, the Americas, and beyond. All major forms of visual art are represented, including architecture, painting, drawing, and sculpture, as well as other art forms such as ceramics and metalwork. More than 1,400 biographical entries explore the lives and works of important artists, with biographical data, characteristics and significance of the artist’s creative output, career milestones, and locations where major work is displayed. The full-text content comes from acclaimed, authoritative sources including the nine-volume Facts On File Encyclopedia of Art and Artists and others.
In addition, more than 2,500 full-color fine-art images have been added, most available in high resolution and directly supplementing the text. Users will also find more than 30 full-length videos on topics in visual art from such producers as the BBC, PBS NewsHour, and more.
Video highlights include:
- The Art of China (BBC)
- The Glory of Byzantine Art (PBS NewsHour Productions)
- Hidden Treasures of African Art (Modern Television, with the BBC)
- The Louvre: Museum Secrets (the BBC)
- Monet: The Impressionists, with Tim Marlow (Seventh Art Productions)
- Rembrandt (with Simon Schama) (BBC)
- Tales from the Museum of Islamic Art (Sky Studios)
World of Dance Topic Center
World of Dance explores various genres of dance, including forms indigenous to particular regions and cultures, contemporary styles, and more. The overview essays provide technical insight on specific dancers and in-depth historical and cultural context for the development of various dance genres. Other entries offer biographies of important dancers and choreographers.
More than 180 full-color images illustrate the text, and more than 20 full-length videos provide a crucial look at dancers in action. The content users will find in World of Dance draws heavily from Infobase’s eight-volume set World of Dance plus supplemental content from other authoritative sources.
Video highlights include:
- Ballet Folklorico (Sunburst Visual Media)
- Cambodian Royal Ballet (Creative Arts Television)
- A Dancer’s New Step: Suzanne Farrell (PBS NewsHour Productions)
- History of Modern Dance (Castalia Media)
- Irish Dance (MVD)
- Tamara Rojo’s Swan Lake (BBC)
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