Resources

Ancient History Encyclopedia
A wonderful alternative to Wikipedia for anything related to ancient history. Content is written by specialists and peer-reviewed for quality.

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institution)
Large collection of primary source material on American art and artists. Includes recordings and transcriptions of interviews, personal papers and more.

Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online (Getty Research Institute)
Very useful online searchable dictionary/thesaurus. Stumble across a word you don’t know in an art text? They’ll be able to clear things up for you.

ArtBabble
This site aggregates educational videos relating to the arts from around the web. Content ranges across time and space, from Ancient Art to Neue Sachlichkeit.

Artforum, 500 Words
Great contemporary art resource. Read artist’s own thoughts on their art, via the website of respected contemporary art magazine Artforum.

Art History Teaching Resources
A wonderfully useful resource for the beginning art history teacher. Created by some good people I had the pleasure to study with in graduate school!

Art21 (Art in the Twenty-First Century)
PBS TV series devoted to contemporary art. Many of the videos are embedded on the website, along with transcripts.

Atlas: Musée du Louvre
Searchable database of the works on display at the Louvre Museum. Images are shown with the same text that accompanies the images on the walls of the museum.

BHA & RILA via The Getty Research Institute
The Bibliography of the History of Art and the Répertoire international de la littérature de l’art are two invaluable research tools for art historians. Freely available through the Getty Research Institute website.

Book of Kells (Trinity College-Dublin)
Scroll through this most important medieval manuscript and zoom in for details. There’s also an app that looks especially beautiful on an iPad.

British History Online
Digital library of texts relating to British history. Focus is on the period from 1300–1800.

Codex Mendoza (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia)
I discussed this very exciting new resource in blog post in January. Extremely exciting digitization of a most-important Mexican manuscript!

Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler (University of Glasgow)
This is a digitized repository of the correspondence of nineteenth-century American artist, Whistler. Formerly a project of the Centre for Whistler Studies.

Digital Karnak
Created at UCLA under the direction of Dr. Diane Favro, this is a great tool for learning more about the Ancient Egyptian temple complex at Karnak. Maps, pictures, videos, instructional texts! A wonderful resource for anyone who wants to learn more about this important historic site. And a useful tool for teachers too.

Digital Walters (Walters Art Museum)
Includes high-resolution images of manuscripts from their collection.

Digitized Medieval Manuscripts
Search for and view medieval manuscripts from around the world. The handy map, “DMMapp,” allows you to zoom in on a specific region. If you’re interested in Finish manuscripts, for example, you can immediately see that there are two libraries with digitized collections that you can browse through.

The European Correspondence to Jacob Burckhardt
Freely available collection of hundreds of unpublished letters written to Jacob Burckhardt between 1843 and 1897. This is a really useful tool for anyone studying nineteenth century art, or for anyone interested in the life of a man who helped shape the discipline of art history.

Frick Lectures
The Frick has posted videos of dozens of lectures to their site. Topics range from “Renoir and the Democracy of Fashion” to “El Greco Comes to America.” A good source to dive deeper into a topic.

Google Art Project
Take virtual tours of museums around the world and see close-up views of famous works of art. In addition, you can look at Google’s “World Wonders,” for a virtual tour of a range of sites, from the Egyptian Pyramids to the Palace at Versailles. A great resource!

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Have a question about a work of art? An art-historical period? An artist? The art of a specific culture? Start here. Well-written and informative essays with references.

History of Architecture Site (Columbia University)
Funded by the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, and the Kress Foundation, this site provides comprehensive information on major architectural monuments. Divided into historical eras, buildings are presented in 360˚ panoramas, with other resources such as interactive plans, elevation drawings, glossaries, and instructional videos. A great resource for anyone interested in architecture, but especially useful for anyone teaching architecture to art history students, who often have trouble with this medium!

Italian Renaissance Learning Resources (National Gallery of Art, Washington)
Includes eight units covering a different theme of Italian Renaissance art. Includes images, thematic essays, glossaries, bibliographies, primary source material, and more. Good basic, introductory material.

JAANUS (Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System)
Online dictionary for terminology relating to Japanese art and architecture.

Medici Archive Project
Repository of more than 20,000 letters and tens of thousands of other archival documents of Tuscany’s important Medici family from the years 1537 to 1743.

Met Publications
Search for books published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can see a preview of most of the books online and many are available for free download.

MoMA Learning
Like the Heilbrunn Timeline, this is go-to resource. In this case it is useful for learning about all things modern art.

Museum with No Frontiers
Provides virtual access to museums and cultural resources around the world. Of particular value are the Discover Islamic Art and Discover Baroque Art sections.

Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide
Online journal on nineteenth-century art. Articles can be read online or downloaded as pdf files.

Qantara, Mediterranean Heritage
With the goal of showing the common ground shared by different cultures of the Mediterranean, Qanatara provides a wealth of educational essays and videos on subjects ranging from the Great Mosque in Damascus to Trade Across the Mediterranean. Focus is on the ancient world, Byzantium, Early Christian and Jewish art and history, and the Islamic world, with a cross-cultural emphasis.

RKD Databases (Netherlands Institute for Art History)
Information on Dutch art and artists from roughly 1300–1900. Includes general information as well as some archival materials. Frequently updated with new information and materials.

Roman Architecture course with Diana E. E. Kleiner at Yale University
Syllabus and videos of course lectures by a leading scholar on Roman architecture. This is a thorough introduction to the subject.

Russian Studies via University of Wisconsin-Madison
Archive of the courses taught by the late Professor Michael B. Petrovich. The archive was created by the Center for Russia, East Asia, and Central Europe (CREECA).

Smarthistory
I mentioned this site in my first post with reference to new content on the Medieval Book, but there is so much more available on this site. A great online resource for everything art history.

Social History of Art
Professor Robert Baldwin of Connecticut College has created a website with a wealth of materials from his time teaching art history. Most of his materials are on Renaissance and Baroque art. He has made available images, slideshows, videos, essays and more. A true treasure trove!

Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
A repository of video footage (much of which is available for online viewing) pertaining the the Holocaust and World War II.

SUNY Oneonta Art History Courses
SUNY Oneonta’s Art History Department has posted many of its courses online. Click on a particular course and you are directed to a syllabus, which includes links to essays with images, such as this essay on the Mosaics at San Vitale in Ravenna, from the History of Medieval Art course.

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