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Art Resources

Art History - Databases - Exhibits
Images and General Resources - Museums - Photography

Starting Points

Voice of the Shuttle Art Sites
From the University of California-Santa Barbara, the art section of the Voice of the Shuttle humanities resource site.

World Wide Art Resources
Interesting and wide-ranging guide to art sites; listings of museums, galleries, and agencies are notable.

Yahoo: Art Sites
Yahoo's fabulously inclusive list of everything to do with the arts, a must-see.

Art History

Art History Research Centre
Describing itself as first and foremost tool for art historical research on the internet, this site has access to search engines, newsgroups, mailing lists, library catalogs, and article indexes.

Art History Resources on the Web
Excellent guide to art of all periods and countries. Includes links to index sites, pictures, and some textual materials.

Mark Harden's Artchive
This site gives art criticism along with the more than 2300 scans of artworks by more than 200 artists that are pictured.

Mother of All Art History Links
The Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan has links to exhibits, art departments at other universities, and research reports.

This site from Mt. Holyoke College has links that range from Classical Studies to media to Impressionism.


Archives of American Art
From the Smithsonian Institute, a searchable database of the holdings of the Archives of American Art, including gallery guides, personal papers, photographs, and artists' sketchbooks. Information on how to access the material is provided.

This site says its mission is to become the definitive and most effective guide to museum-quality fine art on the Internet. It provides references to sites on the World Wide Web where artists' works can be viewed online.

According to information from this Australian National University site, you will find more than 150.000 images on this server. Subjects include art history, architecture, prints textiles, and museums.
This research service providing biographical and pricing information on American art and artists claims to list 25,000 artists. It offers general biographical information, descriptions of works (many with images) both sold and unsold, and an abbreviated bibliography.

International Directory of Art Libraries
Here you will be able to locate nearly 3000 libraries and library departments with specialized holdings in art, architecture and archaeology throughout the world.

WorldWide Art Resources
Free searchable databases for individual artists, museums and galleries.

Worldwide Books Online
Database of more than 30,000 exhibition catalogs and collections.


Brush with History: Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery
These 76 portraits of prominent Americans and accompanying biographies at this Web Site from The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery the are arranged in chronological order, from the 1720s to the 1990s.

Early American Paintings in the Worcester Art Museum
This attractive online exhibit explores early American painters and their works. The site features biographies of 20 artists and detailed information on 53 works, which also include numerous comparative images from other collections. Visitors may browse the collection via an interactive timeline or by artist, genre, or place of origin.

Printmakers A-Z
This site from Georgetown University presents a brief survey of some of the famous, and some of the not-so-famous prints in the University's fine print collections.

Images and General Resources

ArtLex: Dictionary of Visual Art
Provides definitions and short articles on art terms, with links to images related to specific art styles or periods.

FineArt Forum: Web Resources
Guide to art-related sites, with emphasis on galleries, festivals, agents, and other commercial services.

WebMuseum, Paris: Famous Paintings Exhibition
Extensive selection of paintings and information about various (mostly dead and mostly famous) artists. Apparently no longer being updated, but still worth a look.

World Art Treasures
A sort of guided tour of selected art topics and artists, including reproductions of the art works discussed.


Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Select "Imagebase" to view over 70,000 images from the the museum's collections. Includes collections in African and Japanese art.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
This museum describes itself as the premiere visual arts museum in the Western United States. Permanent exhibits are shown ranging from decorative to ancient and Islamic art.

LSU Digital Library - Ogden Museum
Louisiana State University's Digital Library, in partnership with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Louisiana State Museum, makes two image databases available: The Preservation of Louisiana's Treasures Program, about 200 images of Southern fine art, primarily 20th-century paintings and photographs from the Roger Houston Ogden collection; and the Rowles stereographs Collection, 386 stereographs, "vintage albumen prints of New Orleans and Louisiana . . . from mid 1860s to the early 20th century."

Metropolitan Museum of Art
In existence 1870, the Metropolitan Museum in New York City has a collection that now contains more than two million works of art from all points of the world ancient through modern times. According to this site, about 3,500 objects are reproduced online as well as its entire Department of European Paintings.

Musee d'Orsay
Site of this famous Paris museum of impressionism located in a renovated railroad station has layouts of each floor, a panoramic view of its artworks, and a link to the Louvre.

National Gallery of Art
Online "tours" and images of selected parts of the museum's collection.

National Museum of Women in the Arts: Artists' Profiles
This bibliography provides lists of the women's works of art accompanied by their present location. It covers all periods of history.

Smithsonian Institute: Museums and Research Centers
Access to home pages for the various Smithsonian museums as well as the Smithsonian libraries, archives, and research centers

Tate Gallery
Serving two million visitors a year as the national collection of British art since 1500, this site gives the opportunity to see 8,000 works of art in its holdings

Textile Museum
This Washington, D.C. museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of mankind's creative achievements in the textile arts. In addition to information about exhibitions, there is a section dealing with the care and display of textiles.

Web Gallery of Art
This web site contains over 8,000 digital reproductions of European paintings and sculptures created between the years 1150 and 1750 supplemented with commentary on their technique and history.

Whitney Museum of American Art
This site from one of world-renowned collections of 20th century art has online exhibits and a link to the Art Museum Image Consortium with over 50,000 searchable online images.


Presenting the art and science of albumen printing, this site brings together 19th century technical instruction, contemporary research, an online forum for conservation treatment and a wealth of images.

American Museum of Photography
A virtual tour of a museum that has been on the Internet since 1996 displaying the private collection of William B. Becker with works dating from 1836 to the end of World War II.

History of Photography from its Beginnings till the 1920s
Dr. Robert Leggat of Great Britain presents pen-portraits of many of the most important photographers of the period and some of the most significant processes used during the early days of photography.

Timeline of Photography
This site from the George Eastman House displays the notable happenings in photography between 1700 and 1998.