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Subject Guide: Art

This is a guide to resources in art.

Other sites of interest

A New Deal for the Arts

African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning:  an electronic exhibition catalog (Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia)

American Society for Aesthetics:  Aesthetics On-Line

Americans for the Arts

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institute)

ARLIS/NA Web Site (Art Libraries Society of North America)

Art Access

The Art and Architecture Thesaurus Browser

Art history resources on the web

Art on Film Online

Art Tower Mito

Art.Net (also known as "Art on the Net")

Artcyclopedia: The Guide to Museum-Quality Art on the Internet

ArtNatAm - Native American Art Exhibit

ArtNet® Worldwide:  art market information and transactions

Arts and Humanities Data Service

ARTSEDGE: The National Arts and Education Information Network (The Kennedy Center)

ArtServe at the Australian National University



Association for Art History

Axis:  showcase for contemporary British visual artists

Berkeley Art Center

Beyond The Picket Fence:  Australian women's art in the National Library's collections

Bonhams Auction House

The California Arts Project (TCAP)

California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Canadian Heritage Information Network - Réseau canadien d'information sur le patrimoine

The Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology

Canadian Women Artists History Initiative

The CeramicsWeb

Cultural District Library Consortium (Ft. Worth, TX)

Centre Pompidou (Beaubourg)

The Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave

College Art Association

Conservation Online (CoOL)

Dadabase:  Online catalogue of The Museum of Modern Art Library, Archives and Study Centers

Dale Chihuly - Artist

The Digital Michelangelo Project

Dutch University Institute for Art History, Florence (Italy)

The Electric Gallery


The Floating World of Ukiyo-E (Library of Congress Exhibition)

Futurism: Manifestos and Other Resources

Graphic Witness: visual arts & social commentary

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

ICONCLASS (ICONographic CLASsification System) Browser

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet

International Dada Archive Home Page, University of Iowa

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Home Page

Leonardo da Vinci's Horse

Images of Medieval Art and Architecture

Media Center for Art History, Archaeology & Historic Preservation | Columbia University in the City of New York

MEMSLib: A student-led initiative from the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent

The Menil Foundation

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

The Millay Colony for the Arts

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

National Art Education Association

National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

National Endowment for the Arts Homepage

NativeTech: Native American Technology and Art

NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources:  Art

New-York Historical Society

Oh what a difference a difference makes:  gender in the visual arts

Piero della Francesca: The Legend of the True Cross

Resource Library: America's Representational Art Publication

SIRIS | Smithsonian Institution Research Information System


Swissart Network - Art Switzerland

Treasures from Europe's National Libraries

Unified Vision: The Architecture and Design of the Prairie School

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

Universes in Universe: Worlds of Art

van Gogh's Letters - Unabridged

Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820

Visual Resources Association

Voice of the Shuttle (Art History)

Voice of the Shuttle (Art, modern and contemporary)

World Wide Arts Resources

Worldwide Books: exhibition catalogues and art books

Galleries and Museums

Alte Pinakothek
American Museum of Natural History
AMOL:  Australian museums and galleries online
The Anacostia Museum & Center for African American History and Culture
Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Andy Warhol Museum
Arizona State University Art Museum
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Museum of the Americas - Organization of the American States
Aspen Art Museum
The Autry Museum of Western Heritage
The Best Designs - - The Best of Web Design
Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum
The Broad Museum
Brooklyn Museum of Art
California Museum of Art, Thousand Oaks (CMATO)
California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside
Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA)
Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums
Community Fine Arts Center (Sweetwater County, Wyoming)
Corning Museum of Glass
Corporation of London - Guildhall Art Gallery
Dahesh Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Denver Art Museum
Des Moines Art Center
The Detroit Institute of Arts
Dia Center for the Arts, New York, NY
Digital Acropolis Museum
Early American Paintings in the Worcester Art Museum
El Museo Del Barrio
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK
Fluxus Portal for the Internet
The Glass Museum
Guggenheim Museum
Hagley Museum and Library
Harvard Art Museums
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden | Smithsonian
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, And Botanical Gardens
Immigration Museum (Lower East Side Tenement Museum)
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
J. Paul Getty Museum
Jewish Museum
Judy Chicago and Through the Flower
Jundt Art Museum
Krannert Art Museum
Kyoto National Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Milwaukee Art Museum
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Morgan Library and Museum
Musée du Cluny, National Museum of the Middle Ages
Musee du Louvre (English Language)
Musee Matisse de Nice/Matisse Museum of Nice
musée Rodin
Museum Het Rembrandthuis
Museum of American Finance
Museum of Bad Art
Museum of Chinese in America
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles)
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Glass
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Museum of modern and contemporary art, Nice
Museum of Modern Art, N.Y. (MoMA)
Museum of Science, Boston
Museum of the City of New York
Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles
Museums Online | Museum Shops, Exhibits, Events | 1000's of Museum Websites |
National Gallery of Art - The Collection
National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of African Art – Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American Illustration
National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci - Milano
National Museum of the American Indian
National Museum of Women in the Arts
National Museum of Women's History
National Portrait Gallery (London)
National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Oriental Institute
Oxford City Art Galleries and Exhibitions
Oxford Museums world class museums Ashmolean to Pitt Rivers Museum
Paris Museums Online Collection Portal
Peabody Essex Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Phoenix Art Museum
Plains Art Museum
Portland Art Museum
PS1 Museum (MoMA Contemporary Art Center, N.Y.)
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Queens Museum
Rockwell Museum of Western Art
Rourke Art Gallery and Museum
Salvador Dali Museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian Institution
South Street Seaport Museum
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia ("The Hermitage")
Studio Museum in Harlem
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
University of Massachusetts Amherst Collections
University of Southern California Fisher Museum of Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum

Web Sites

Arachne is intended to provide archaeologists and Classicists with a free internet research tool for quickly searching hundreds of thousands of records on objects and their attributes.

Archives of American Art
The Smithsonian has collected roughly 16 million letters, photographs, diaries, oral history interviews, sketches, scrapbooks, business records, and other documents that support the study of the history of the visual arts in America.

The guide to museum-quality art on the Internet.

AskART provides directory listings and links to approximately 1300 museums from around the world, dealers, auction houses, and an extensive list of artists in their collections.

AWA: Advancing Women Artists
A non-profit organization committed to identifying, restoring, and exhibiting artwork by women in Florence's museum storage.

AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research, and Exhibitions
A non-profit organization with the goal of creation, indexing, and distribution of information on women artists in the 20th Century. Originally in French.

Books with Full Text Online - MetPublications
Five decades of Met publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.

Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance
An interdisciplinary research project centering on the classical tradition with a focus on Renaissance studies.

Catalog of Art Museum Images Online (CAMIO)
CAMIO is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums.

Chazen Museum Collections
The Chazen Museum of Art contains over 20,000 works of art representing the entire spectrum of art history across culture, period, media, and genre. Browse by geographic region, object type, or century and search collections by keyword.

Digital Collection - Art Institute Chicago
Explore thousands of artworks in the museum’s wide-ranging collection—from our world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe—as well as our books, writings, reference materials, and other resources.

Provides access to over 50 million digitized items – books, music, artworks, and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to aid research.

Faces of Frida
A collaborative effort to store and make accessible the art and history of Frida Kahlo. Includes paintings, photos, museum exhibits, and personal history.

The Web's first runway fashion database offering comprehensive coverage encompassing runway, details, backstage, lookbooks, front row, street style, and promotional presentations.

Getty Research Portal
Access digitized art history publications, rare books, and related literature.

Informe Design
Brings research from a vast array of reputable research sources to the design community to address the complex challenges faced by designers.

Inside Brazil's Museo Nacional
View artifacts and a virtual tour of the museum that was destroyed by fire in 2018.

National Endowment for the Arts
The independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.

National Portrait Gallery (London)
Features a Picture Library Search with information on approximately 10,000 works in which you can search for artist, sitter of by title or by NPG number. (In Advanced Search you can restrict your search to images available on web site.) There is an alphabetical list of artists, as well as an alphabetical list of sitters.

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
There is a Collection and Research Records Search and an Expanded Person Search. You can search for books, caricatures, collages, decorative arts, drawings, medals, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, silhouettes, and 'others'.

Web sites of Interest

Web sites of Interest