BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art (Getty)

The BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art) is a bibliographical database that contains publications about European and American visual art, published between 1975 and 2007.


This database is freely accessible.

Search Operators

  • You can use the Boolean operators AND OR NOT.
  • In the Advanced search mode you can specify in which field the search parameter must appear, as well as the publication date (also in a 'range', if needed).
  • ? replaces 0, 1 or more characters.
  • If you want to search for an exact phrase, enclose it in quotation marks, e.g. "american impressionism".
  • You can refine your search results with the menu on the left, e.g. based on the subject, title of the publication or language.


Click on … in the right upper corner of the result to select an option from the menu 'Show actions options'.

  • to create a copy/paste citation, select 'Citation'. You can choose between different citation styles.
  • to export to EndNote, select 'Endnote Web.'
  • to export a RIS file to the bibliographic software of your choice, select 'RIS'.

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Last modified May 8, 2024, 3:39 p.m.