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Best Websites: Art & Art History

Art History

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915
This site presents the history of American vernacular painting from the Colonial era until the early 20th century. Includes portraiture, scenes from everyday life and themes (like the taste for European art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries). Also features the works of prominent American artists who lived primarily in Europe, such as Mary Cassatt, or those who traveled widely, such as John Singer Sargent.

The Getty Research Institute: Art & Architecture Thesaurus On Line
Covers over 125,000 terms relating to art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and material culture. For each term, a short definition is provided along with a hierarchy of related terms which can be browsed.

Art on the Net
Join fellow artists in sharing works together on the Internet. Enjoy visiting artists studios and roaming the gallery.

Offers access in HTML format to fine art scans, information about artists and excerpts from classic art criticism/theory.

Artcyclopedia provides an index of images and information on some 6,000 artists, with a strong emphasis on U.S. and Western European painters and sculptors. Search for a specific artist or browse by movement, medium, subject or nationality. Go to Picture Search to locate images on the Web.

Includes the major 20th century and contemporary visual artists. Search for the artist under the first letter of the artist's last name.

A clearinghouse for Web resources on Art and Architecture.
Extensive information on 23,000 North American artists.

Ed Tech Teacher: Best History Sites > Art History
A gateway to various art history websites, lesson plans, activities, and more.

Inscribing Meaning: Writing + Graphic Systems in African Art
This site explores the relationships between African art and the communicative powers of language, graphic systems and the written word. Offered by the National Museum of African Art, this exhibit looks at how various writing traditions have communicated a wide range of ideas, such as those regarding religious traditions, cultural activities, and so on. The exhibit is divided into sections titled "Ways of Knowing", "Inscribing the Body", "Sacred Scripts", and "Writing Politics".

Mother of All Art and Art History Links Page
Hosted by the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, this site acts as a gateway to a number of art history resources. Check here for a list of art history departments, research resources, visual collections resources, image collections and online art, digital art, fine art schools and departments, art museums, and textual and linguistic resources.

National Museum of American Illustration
Includes a virutal tour of the museum which devotes itself to American illustrators who worked during the "Golden Age of American Illustration" (1870-1965). Works by artists such as Rockwell, Wyeth, and Gibson can be viewed.

Sculptor.Org: A Comprehensive Resource for Sculptors
Despite having some broken links, this site is useful for new or accomplished sculptors, and organizations or persons interesting in acquiring materials or sculpture; furthermore, it is the only free "comprehensive" site on sculpture currently available.

Smithsonian Archives of American Art
Contains an impressive array of American art-related materials including images, oral history interviews and exhibits. Especially useful is the “Collections Online” link, which allows users to find complete holdings of selected artists.

Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. Each timeline page includes representative art from the Museum's collection, a chart of time periods, a map of the region, an overview, and a list of key events. Other features include a special topics category and a tutorial for first time users of the site.

World Wide Art Resources
One of the largest and most comprehensive gateways to the arts, including museums, exhibitions, agencies, publications, history, employment and supplies.

Updated 12/14/20