Art & Art History Resources

  • Abbey Library of St. Gall, Switzerland Online High resolution digital images to over 52,000 facsimile pages from more than 130 medieval illuminated manuscripts from this UNESCO World Heritage Centre. These 8th-11th century codices have been digitized so not only can researchers work with the manuscripts but also perform detailed analyses of the miniatures in the documents. Codex metadata (primarily scholarly descriptions of the codices) will be managed in a database system and referenced with the digitalised items through various access mechanisms. Searchable in German, French, English and Italian.
  • Archives of American Art Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the Archives collects primary sources including illustrated letters and diaries, manuscripts, records of museums, galleries and schools, photographs of art world figures and events, and works of art on paper. An active Oral History Program serves as a valuable companion resource to the collections. The Archives includes over 16 million items, 5,000 collections, and 2,000 oral history interviews and covers over 200 years of American art history.
  • Art Deadlines List: Juried Exhibitions and Other Artist Opportunities A monthly newsletter with several hundred announcements listing art contests & competitions, art scholarships & grants, juried exhibitions, art jobs & internships, call for entries/proposals/papers, writing & photo contests, residencies, design & architecture competitions, auditions, casting calls, fellowships, festivals, funding, and other opportunities for artists, art educators and art students of all ages. An expanded version available by paid subscription.
  • Art Historians' Guide to the Movies A record of appearances of and references to famous works of art and architecture in the movies. It is intended to be a source for teachers of art history who are considering showing clips or entire films as part of their presentation of the traditional arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Citations are arranged in (very) approximate chronological order of the artworks, not the movies.
  • Art History Resources on the Web Designed and maintained by Prof. Christopher Witcombe of Sweet Briar College, VA, this directory of art history links is one of the most useful. Although most of the links are organized by time period, the museums and galleries section can be searched by country.
  • Art in Context An online reference library for the dissemination of information about artists and where to find their work based on information added by curators, dealers, artists, writers and others. Through the cataloguing of images, exhibitions, artists affiliations and other related links Art in Context cross-references artists with museums and galleries-dealers that present their work. The library provides contact information to access collections, exhibitions, the availability and current price of original work, catalogues, biographies and more.
  • Art on the Web Designed by Prof. Jeffery Howe of Boston College, this directory of links is arranged topically and includes art history, art, and architecture as well as resources such as citation guides and web searching tools.
  • Art Studio Chalkboard A resource for artists and art students that focus on the technical fundamentals of perspective, shading, color and painting. Compiled and designed by Ralph Larmann, a member of the University of Evansville Art Department, and intended for educational use only.
  • Artcylopedia Created by John Malyon, an IT professional, web developer, and entrepreneur, as a comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources. As of January 2006, Artcyclopedia indexes over 2,100 art sites, and offers over 75,000 links to an estimated 180,000 artworks by 8,200 renowned artists.
  • Artists' Book Collection, University of Wisconsin-Madison Artists' Book Collection, an online finding aid to the artists' book collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kohler Art Library. Indexes approximately 760 titles with most having 1-4 images to visually represent the structure and/or content of the book. Each record contains the title of the book, creator’s name, publisher, date (if known), subjects, physical description, and a complete transcription of the colophon. In addition to searching names of book artists or press names, one can also search type of book structure, type of binding, medium/technique, and contributor roles. Part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
  • ArtLex: A Dictionary of Visual Art Terminology Authored by Michael Delahunt, an artist and teacher, ArtLex provides definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art/visual culture, along with thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, quotations and cross-references.
  • artnet.com An online site to buy, sell and research fine art. Includes the Gallery Network with over 1,200 galleries in over 250 cities worldwide offering more than 100,000 works by over 25,000 artists; artnet Magazine, a guide to the art market with daily news, reviews, and features; and artnet's Price Database representing auction results from over 500 international auction houses since 1985 and covering more than 2.9 million artworks by over 180,000 artists, ranging from Old Masters to Contemporary Art.
  • Asia Art Archives Website documenting contemporary Asian art, including a calendar of world events, an online newsletter, online projects such as "All you want to know about international art biennials" and "Archiving the Contemporary: Documenting Asian Art Today, Yesterday & Tomorrow," and an extensive annotated list of links on contemporary Asian art.
  • AskART.com AskART is an online database listing over 52,000 American artists from the early 16th-century through the present. Criteria for artist inclusion are that the artist was born in the United States, spent a significant part of his/her career here, or, although briefly in residence, created work of ongoing historical interest to Americans. Includes extensive biographical information about American artists as well as book and periodical references, auction records and images. Over 5,000 Museums and dealers that specialize in American artists are also referenced.
  • Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance This multi-tiered database has more than 20,000 Renaissance Documents (inventories, guide books, lives of artists, archival documents, etc.) related to more than 10,000 Antique Monuments (sculptures, architecture, vases, etc.) that are accompanied by 30,000 photographs or illustrations. The collection of images includes: drawings, sketchbooks, paintings, engravings, sculpture, medals, applied arts, etc. The database can be utilized for its collection of images, but more extensive information is provided in the database. Monuments, their preservation history, provenance history, and other relevant information are accompanied by bibliographic citations.
  • Dictionary of Art Historians An index of art historians mentioned in major art historiographies plus additional names to balance for gender or other neglected categories. Some entries contain only marginal information. This site is not intended to be a Who's Who of Art Historians but is a work-in-progress.
  • Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture Collects and creates electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America. Included are electronic texts and journals, image databases, and information on organizations, museums and research facilities. Made possible by the Chipstone Foundation, the site was created and is maintained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.
  • Electronic Arts Intermix A nonprofit resource for video art and interactive media. EAI’s collection features 3,000 new and historical media works by 175 artists available for distribution to educational, cultural and arts institutions and television markets worldwide.
  • Figure Drawing LAB Devoted to a better understanding of the elements that make up the human figure and how to better portray them. Intended as a resource for artists and art students who work with the human form. Compiled and designed by Ralph Larmann, a member of the University of Evansville Art Department, and intended for educational use only
  • Gemini G.E.L. Catalogue Raisonné Presents publications of the acclaimed Los Angeles print and sculpture workshop from its beginning in 1966 through 1996. The catalogue is a work-in-progress with forthcoming installments to document subsequent Gemini editions.
  • Getty Web Site Includes information on the Getty museums as well as the library, the vocabulary databases, the conservation institute,and grants.
  • IFAR Catalogues Raisonnés Database The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) presents a two searchable database of catalogues raisonnés; one database is published works and the other is work in preparation; searching can be done for both simultaneously or individually; search by artist's name, author, date, or period.
  • Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Art Institute of Chicago The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection is part of the John M Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It currently houses well over 4,000 artists' books, multiples, video and audio recordings, periodicals, digital works, reference books, ephemera, exhibition catalogs as works of art, and examples of other experimental art practices, all created over the last four decades by artists of local, national, and international significance. Renowned and unique in its vast scope and easily accessible for students and the general public alike, this collection is housed in its own study room on the fifth floor of the School's Sharp Building . Walk-in visitors are welcome. Please use this database to search for materials in the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection that have been acquired over the course of the last ten years. Items acquired before 1998 have not yet been added and at this point can only be searched through our in-house database. These materials are being added retrospectively.
  • Mapping Gothic France The Mapping Gothic France project was initiated by Stephen Murray, Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and Andrew Tallon, Assistant Professor of Art at Vassar College and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is an open-source, open access digital project to document the architectural monuments of 12-13-century France. The site consists of hundreds of dynamic, panoramic images, mapped to each monument, and accompanied by contextual materials including historical texts, time-lines, interactive maps, and biographies of scholars. It also contains tools for comparative study.
  • Mother of All Art History Links Pages Sponsored by the School of Art & Design at the Univ. of Michigan and includes sections such as art history departments, research resources, resources for visual collections, image collections & online art, online exhibitions, fine arts schools & departments, art museums, textual & linguistic resources, and new media art & resources.
  • Perseus Project Sponsored by the Dept. of Classics at Tufts Univ., Perseus includes primary and secondary texts, site plans, digital images, and maps from the classical world and the English renaissance as well as a digital archive on the history and topography of London, scans of first-person narratives from early California, a digital collection of early books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and other collections.
  • Resources in Art History for Graduate Students A continuously updated online newsletter that lists grants, fellowships, internships and study abroad opportunities for graduate students in art history and closely related areas such as humanities and visual art studies. It also carries listings of art history conferences and publication opportunities of particular interest to graduate students. Some listings are also open to undergraduates or to postdocs.
  • RKDartists& A biographical database with over 360,000 entries on artists and artworld figures dating from 1200 to the present; contents primarily dedicated to the study of Dutch art; searchable by name, place of birth, nationality, period of activity, subject, and other parameters.
  • 391.org 391 was first published by the poet and artist Francis Picabia in 1917 and was a bridge between the Zurich dadaists, French surrealists, Marcel Duchamp, and others. 391.org continues to experiment with the help of worldwide collaborators.
  • Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art) A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world extending from prehistory to the present day, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. In addition to the timeline, the resource includes specific themes in art history covering subjects such as artistic movements and periods, archaeological sites, empires and civilizations, recurrent themes and concepts, media such as painting, sculpture, and ceramics, and artists. A tutorial is included with the site for first-time users.
  • WetCanvas: Artist News and Education Articles, news, forums and information on art supplies. Wet canvas is part magazine, part virtual classroom, and part reference site. It is the largest community site on the Internet with a specific focus on the visual artist. Find a complete array of art lessons and tutorials for all levels of artists.
  • Writing About Art A guide prepared by Marjorie Munsterberg, a professor at City College in New York, that is intended to help students improve their ability to write about visual things. Includes chapters on Visual Analysis, Stylistic Analysis, Biography, Iconographic Analysis, and Historical Analysis.
  • Yahoo: Art History Yahoo is one of the best known and most popular Internet portals. Among its subject directories is one for Art History and others for artists, visual arts, design arts, arts therapy, etc. Like other web directories, Yahoo can help a researcher find websites quicker and more efficiently than going though a general search engine.

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