However, CMS adds this caveat: “Though major works of art are generally italicized, some massive works of sculpture are regarded primarily as monuments and therefore are capitalized but not italicized or enclosed in quotation marks.” Choosing italics or quotation marks is fairly consistent in some areas but not in others.
Create your own guideline for how you will denote titles for various works, but remember that usage might be influenced by not only preference but by your reading audience, your client, your employer, or perhaps the publication to which you are submitting a story or column.
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Note: Ask yourself if the title of a work appears inside a larger body of work. If the title is for a longer body of work that stands alone, it should be underlined or typed in italics.
When typing, book titles—in fact, the titles of any full-length works—should always be italicized.
APA has specific guidelines for the use of italics.
You can find them in section 4.21 of the sixth edition of the APA Manual.
For this category, I generally follow Associated Press style, with the Chicago Manual of Style an occasional alternate.
AP does not use italics or quotation marks for statues, works of art or monuments, but CMS does.