Art History: A Guide to History of Art Websites, Libraries and Databases

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Baroque Art, a guide to websites.


Baroque Art of the 17th Century
An extensive web directory of Baroque art resources, by Chris Witcombe.

Berenson, Bernard

Berenson, Bernard. Bernard Berenson
Wikipedia entry.

I Tatti Renaissance Library
The I Tatti Renaissance Library aims to make available to a broad readership the most significant literary, historical, and philosophical works of the Italian Renaissance written in Latin.

The Florentine Painters of the Renaissance, with an index to their works.

The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance

Berger Foundation. World Art Treasures
100, 000 slides from the Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation. 

Biographies *

Thieme Becker
The German encyclopaedia of artist biographies in 37 volumes with the full title Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. The joint work contains ca. 250 000 biographies that were compiled with the help of 400 specialists world-wide including all contemporary leading art historians.

Blogs: art history *

Alberti’s Window: An Art History Blog

Art Blog by Bob

Art History Attacks
A blog for the history of art.

Art History Newsletter

Art History Salon

ARTHistories

CultureGrrl

Medieval Illumination

n paradoxa
International feminist art journal exploring feminist theory and contemporary women’s art practices.

Van Gogh’s Chair

When Art History Goes Bad

British Institute of Florence, Italy
Courses in Italian and art history.

Burkhardt, Jacob.  The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy. Full text.

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Cataloguing, catalogues *

Exhibition catalogues, from the website of the Association of Art Editors
This style guide is intended for authors of texts on art—any kind of text—and for editors of these texts and their publishers. Its purpose is to provide guidelines for authors and editors in the writing and redaction of manuscripts. Uniformity of usage is not the purpose of this guide. Rather, it aims to ensure uniformity of comprehension about the issues that authors and editors deal with.

The Burlington Magazine Index
Burlington Magazine Publications Ltd has created an Online Index, which aims to include the entire content of The Burlington Magazine from March 1903 until the present. The Burlington Magazine Online Index is free to use.

Royal Academy exhibition catalogues.
Browse the Royal Academy Winter Exhibition catalogues from their inception in 1870 through to 1913. Click on a thumbnail image to display a large image of the title-page. Use the Next & Previous buttons to browse through the catalogue. You can also enter search terms in the Search within the catalogue box to search for artists, titles and lenders within the catalogue.

Thieme Becker
The German encyclopaedia of artist biographies in 37 volumes with the full title Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. The joint work contains ca. 250 000 biographies that were compiled with the help of 400 specialists world-wide including all contemporary leading art historians.  The special relevance and strength of the Thieme-Becker-Vollmer lies in entries for less known and almost unknown artists not listed anywhere else; it lies also in the inclusion of architects, designers and other artisans working in applied art.

Christie’s art auction e-catalogues. Browse online.

Sotheby’s auction catalogues. Browse online.

JSTOR
A searchable database of art auction catalogues. JSTOR is collaborating with the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a pilot project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to understand how auction catalogs can be best preserved for the long-term and made most easily accessible for scholarly use.

Getty Vocabularies. The Getty Research Institute
Compliant with international standards, they provide authoritative information for catalogers and researchers, and can be used to enhance access to databases and Web sites.

The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)®
AAT is a structured vocabulary, including terms, descriptions, and other information for generic concepts related to art and architecture.

The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)®
Titian or Tiziano Vecellio? ULAN is a structured vocabulary, including names, biographies, and other information about artists and architects.

Chinese and Japaanese art history.
Virtual Library Index.

Christ, depictions of

Links to internet sites with art depicting Christ’s Passion.

Conservation *

See: The Conservation and Restoration Page

Conservation Online
Resources for conservation professionals. Topics,  writers, health, ethics, dictionaries, etc. Stanford University.


Canadian Conservation Institute
International resource links,techniques, materials, journals, schools, directories, etc.

Italian art restoration. 
Istituto Centrale Peril  Restauro.

Courtauld Institute of Art, London
A major centre for the study of western art. One of the premier art historical institutes in the world

Cubism, Cubist artists; a guide to websites.

Curators, curatorship; a guide to websites.

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Departments of Art History *

Departments of Art History, U.S. and worldwide.

Departments of Art History, a sampling.

Visual Arts Careers Guide

Dictionaries of Art *

Xrefer
The web’s reference engine, a unique service providing free access to the  world’s largest collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and quotations. Art history, British history, encyclopedias, dictionaries.

Oxford Dictionary of Art

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Ecclesiastical art. 
An entry from The New Advent.

Ecole du Louvre:  Établissement d’enseignement supérieur : 
cours d’histoire de l’art, d’archéologie, d’épigraphie et de muséologie; formation initiale et continue, recherche et publications.

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The golden mean, golden ratio *

The Golden Mean
Fibonacci Numbers and The Golden Section in Art and Architecture.

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Historians *

See also: Art Historians

Historians, art historians.
Biographical dictionary of art historians, art scholars, museum directors. From Duke University.

Pater, Walter. Walter Pater etexts.

Ruskin, John. John Ruskin extexts.

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Iconography, symbols *

See also: Icons, iconography, a guide to websites.

AllRefer.com Iconography entry:
meaning, Christian icongraphy, bibliography.

The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci.
Symbols and background.

Jewish signs and symbols.

Rosicrucian symbols.

Symbolism in art. ARAS. 
The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism is a pictorial archive of mythological, spiritual, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history, Paleolithic to Modern. A collection of more than thirteen thousand images and scholarly materials.

The Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Image searchers, image databases, online galleries *

Getty Provenance Index Databases
Search archival documents, search sale catalogues.

Google image search.

Guildhall Library and Guildhall Gallery, London.
An art image database.

Wikimedia Commons
is a media repository that is created and maintained not by paid-for artists, but by volunteers. Its name “Wikimedia Commons” is derived from that of the umbrella project “Wikimedia” managing all Wikimedia projects and from the plural noun “commons” as its contents are shared by different language versions and different kinds of Wikimedia projects. Thus it provides a central repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, and media of all sorts that are useful for any Wikimedia project.

Italian Ministry of Arts and Culture
Ministero per i Benie le Attivita Culturali

Landscape-with-a-man-killed-by-a-snake-Poussin
Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665) Landscape with a Man killed by a Snake The National Gallery, London 1648

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Journals of art history *

See: Art History Journals

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Modernism in art, a guide to websites.

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Neo Plasticism *

de Stijl  Definition and Examples. ArtLex

De Stijl, Wikipedia entry.

Neo Plasticism and Purism
Artists

Doesburg. Theo van.Theo van Doesburg
Works by van Doesberg in art museums. Artcyclopedia

Mondrian, Piet. Piet Mondrian
Works by Mondrian in art museums, from Artcyclopedia.

19th Century Art *

19th Century Art Resources
An extensive link directory by Chris Witcombe.

Romanticism in art, Romantic artists; a guide to websites.

Victorian art, Victorian artists; a guide to websites.

Notebook – From Contexts to Ideas
Techniques, themes, resources.

Nudes in art, depictions of nudity in art *

Depictions of nudity in art.
Without a pretense to allegorical or mythological meaning, the painting was “the first totally profane life-size female nude in Western art”. Wikipedia

Nudes. ArtLex

Since the Renaissance, the nude has remained an essential focus of Western art.

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Oxford University Research Library for Archaeology and the History of Art
RLAHA

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Pallazzo Grassi, Venezia (Venice)

The Passion of Christ, as a theme in western art. 
An overview from  Artcyclopaedia.

Perspective in drawing. MathForum.org.

A New Perspective on Science and Art
15th, 16th, and 17th century samples. Thinkquest

Photography

Photography, a guide to websites.

History of photography, an image gallery from Wikimedia Commons.

Photography historians. 
An international name directory.

 

Pompeii Forum Project, University of Virginia

Prehistoric art *

See also: Ancient art, a guide to websites.

The Bradshaw Foundation
A non-profit making organisation dedicated to the study, recording and protection of rock art. Aims, directors, CD-rom, types and examples of rock art from across the world.

Centro Studi e Museo d’Arte Preistorica
Study Centre and Museum of Prehistoric Art, Pinerolo, Italia.

Rock Art Foundation
The Rock Art Foundation exists to promote the conservation and study of the Native American rock art in the Lower Pecos region of Southwest Texas.

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Art Quotes.net
Quotes by famous artists.

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Renaissance art, Renaissance artists; a guide to websites.

Romanticism in art, Romantic artists; a guide to websites.

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Symbolism in art, Symbolist artists; a guide to websites.

Symbolism in art. ARAS
The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism is a pictorial archive of mythological, spiritual, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history, Paleolithic to Modern. A collection of more than thirteen thousand images and scholarly materials.

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Twentieth-century art, a guide to websites.

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University art history departments *

See: University art history departments, a guide to websites.

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Virgin Mary/Madonna Archetype in Art *

The Mary Page.  Marion Society
An international center of research and study on the role of Mary in Christian life.

Symbolism in art. ARAS
The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism is a pictorial archive of mythological, ritual, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history,

The World’s Great Madonnas
An online collection of historical images of the Madonna.

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Wikimedia Commons,
a media repository created and maintained not by paid-for artists, but by volunteers. Its name “Wikimedia Commons” is derived from that of the umbrella project “Wikimedia” managing all Wikimedia projects and from the plural noun “commons” as its contents are shared by different language versions and different kinds of Wikimedia projects. Thus it provides a central repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, and media of all sorts that are useful for any Wikimedia project.

World Art Treasures
100, 000 slides from the Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation.
Art historian, lecturer, Jacques-Édouard Berger (1945-1993) was a leader of cultural trips to Europe, Egypt, Near and Far East and the United States. He had brought back over 100,000 images – all are accessible – from his trips.