Camille Corot, A Woman Reading, Oil on canvas, 1869 and 1870. Metropolitan Museum of Art.Marie Denise Villers,Charlotte du Val d'Ognes, Oil on canvas, 1801. Metropolitan Museum of Art.; Thomas Eakins, The Writing Master, Oil on canvas, 1882. Metropolitan Museum of Art.; Ilia Efimovich Repin, Vsevolod Mikhailovich Garshin, Oil on canvas, 1884. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006; The Art Bulletin,March-June 2010; Detail from Vincent van Gogh's 'The Sower', 1888 with van Gogh's letter to his brother Theo, Arles, c. 21 November 1888; Andrei Pop, How To Do Things With Pictures: A Guide to Writing in Art History, Harvard College, 2008.
The term “visual material” refers to any primary source in which images, instead of or in conjunction with words and/or sounds, are used to convey meaning. Some common and useful types of visual materials are as follows:
Any of these materials can provide valuable information to a researcher. Factual information can often be extracted from visual materials; however, the best information imparted by these materials is often of a subjective nature, providing insight into how people see themselves and the world in which they exist.
Evaluating Websites: Remember to always evaluate a website before using it for research purposes. You can always ask a librarian or your professor for an opinion about a specific website. Some criteria for evaluating websites include: