I'm not including a long list of web links - it's
easy enough to find what you are looking for by Googling it.
I've tried to avoid excessive numbers of hyperlinks in the text - I
find them annoying and distracting. Googling
'Annunciation' will keep you happy for hours: well, it did me. All
of the apocryphal texts are easy to find, and many of the galleries
mentioned have websites. Here's a key link though; If you don't know it,
the finest searchable art collection on the web is the Web Gallery of Art
at www.wga.hu .
Michael Baxandall: Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century
(A short but brilliant book, the best introduction I know to Renaissance
Evelyn Welch: Art in Renaissance Italy. Oxford History of Art.
(Other titles in this excellent series have been consulted too.)
James Hall: Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art. Westview
Chevalier and Gheerbrandt: The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols.
Matilde Battistini Symbols and Allegories in Art. J Paul Getty
Lucia Imelluso: Nature and its Symbols. J Paul Getty Museum
Robin Margaret Jensen: Understanding Early Christian Art. Routledge
Jocobus de Voragine, Translated by William Granger Ryan: The Golden
Legend. Princeton University Press.
Anna Jameson: Legends of the Madonna (Reprint available from
forgottenbooks.org or can be downloaded as a free pdf from Google Books.),
as can her other books.
Emile Male: Religious Art from
the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century. Princeton University Press.