More research gold — the Metropolitan Museum of Art has put a bunch of its publications up on the ‘net for on-line reading, PDF download, or print-on-demand.
All sorts of books are available: titles like The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480–1620 or Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color or History of Russian Costume from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Century, to name just a few.
Man, I love the internet. Time was, you’d have to go hit a major research library (if not travel all the way to New York) to get some of this stuff.
Uphill. In the snow. Both ways.