Ancient art; classical, Middle Eastern, prehistoric, rock art; a list of websites

Ancient art/classical art/prehistoric art/rock and cave art

An index of websites on ancient art

Antike kunst; art antique; arte antica; arte antiguo

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Aegean/Cretan art, civilization and history *

Aegeo-Balkan Prehistory
The Aegeo-Balkan Prehistory Project
An extensive collection of articles. Search the database or simply browse by topic, region and site. The site currently contains more then 800 entries covering the northern and central Aegean, the Balkans and western Anatolia during the 2nd millennium, but extending to late 3rd and early 1st millennia as well. Several links to related websites.

Australian rock art *

Australian (Abogrinal) rock at at The Brisbane Museum, Google Art Project

Crete, Minoan civilization, Knossos *

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Minoan Crete
The Minoans created the first known civilization in Europe. The site provides photographs and some very basic information about all the major and some of the minor archaeological sites of Bronze Age civilisation in Crete.

Minoans: Ancient Civilization of Crete. A documentary on YouTube.

The Palace at Knossos, Crete.

The Palace of Knossos
Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. It is probably the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture.

Knossos
A website from Heraklion Greece.

Knossos
A website from Ancient Wisdom.

The Minoan eruption. Wikipedia entry.

Minoan civilization. Wikipedia entry.

Cyprus museums and galleries. A web directory.

Epheseus. An Ephesus Guide
Historical information about Ephesus, along with 3D Virtual Reality Tours powered by 3D Live Pix.

Mestni muzej Ljubljana

Narodni muzej Slovenije

Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age.

Ancient African art *

BBC timeline of ancient Egyptian art.

Prehistoric African Art
A variety of ecological and topographical areas dominate Africa.

Theban Mapping Project. The Valley of the Kings
Discover each tomb in the Valley in this interactive Atlas. A database of information about each tomb, with a compilation of nearly 2,000 images. Interact with models of each tomb, and measure, pan, and zoom over 250.

Anasazi Heritage Center, Colorado.
The Anasazi Heritage Center is a museum of the Ancestral Puebloan (or Anasazi) culture and other Native cultures in the Four Corners region. It is also the starting point for visits to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument .

Ancient Art internet resources. 
Ancient Near East Ancient Egypt, Minoan Crete & Mycenae, Ancient Greece, Etruscan, Ancient Rome.

Archaeology

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Babylon, Wikipedia entry.

Bronze age art *

Aegean and Balkan Prehistory
Articles, reports and bibliography database relating to the Aegean, the Balkans and Western Anatolia.

Bronze Age Experimental Archeology and Museum Reproductions

Greek Early and Middle Bronze Age, Neolithic art

Shang and Zhou Dynasties: The Bronze Age of China
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Umha Aois: Reconstructed Bronze Age metal casting.

Late Bronze Age Crete
A comprehensive link index, by Chris Witcombe.

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Egypt *

See also: Egyptian Art

BBC timeline of ancient Egyptian art.

The Gregorian Egyptian Museum

Theban Mapping Project. The Valley of the Kings
Discover each tomb in the Valley in this interactive Atlas. A database of information about each tomb, with a compilation of nearly 2,000 images. Interact with models of each tomb, and measure, pan, and zoom over 250 detailed maps, elevations, and sections.

Ancient Egyptian painting and sculpture, an image gallery at Pinterest.

Epheseus *

Ephesus. An Ephesus Guide
Historical information about Ephesus, along with 3D Virtual Reality Tours powered by 3D Live Pix.

Etruscan art *

Etruscan Art. A Thematic Essay. Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Etruscan Art
The George Ortiz Collection

Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia

Etruscan tombs, a list from Wikipedia.

Etruscan tombs in the Necroplois of Monterozzi, Tarquinia

Etruscan Art
Dr. Rozmeri Basic, University of Oklahoma. Sculptures, bronzes, pottery, architecture, tombs.

Etruscan Art (9th–1st Centuries BC (275 selected works)
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Etruscan Art
Gregorian Etruscan Museum, Rome.

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Galleries selling ancient art

Medusa Ancient Art
Medusa Art is an online leader in appraising, buying and selling ancient antiquities, including Egyptian art, Greek art, Islamic art, Roman jewelry, glass, gems & bronze.

 

The Getty Museum ancient art collection. 

Ancient Greek art *

See also: Greek art and architecture

Ancient Greek Clothing

The Ancient City of Athens Sites and Monuments

Architecture in Ancient Greece
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Architecture in Ancient Greece. A catalogue of buildings, from The Perseus Project.

The Beazley Archive

Beazley Archive, University of Oxford
The Classical Art Research centre

Classical antiquities and fine art.

Discovery, reception and diffusion of classical art.

Styles and periods:

Painted pottery.

Engraved gems.

Sculpture.

Cycladic Art Museum, Greece.

Greek antiquities in the Louvre, Paris.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Ancient Greece)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hellenistic sculpture.
Images of Hellenic sculptures, from Wikimedia.

Greek painters. Ancient Greek vase painters, from  Artcyclopedia.

Minoan Crete
The Minoans created the first known civilization in Europe. The site provides photographs and some very basic information about all the major and some of the minor archaeological sites of Bronze Age civilisation in Crete

Mycenaean culture.
Images of pottery and mask and Linear B tablets. Wikimedia

The Palace at Knossos, Crete

Pottery. Ancient Greek pottery, by shape.
Wikimedia commons.

Sculpture

The Beazley Archive, Oxford University.

Greek Sculpture
Jeffery Howe’s Digital Archive of Art, Boston College.

Elgin Marbles
History of the Elgin Marbles (Athens, Greece)

The British Museum and the return of The Elgin (Parthenon) Marbles

Laocoon
Wikipedia

Myron
Wikipedia

The Discus Thrower (Discobolus)
The British Museum

The Discus-Thrower (Discobolus)
Le Louvre

Discobolus
Wikipedia

Temples. Ancient Greek temples in Greece.
Wikimedia

Images of ancient Greek art, a gallery from Wikimedia Commons.

Ancient Greek art, Wikipedia entry.

Vognstyreren-fra Delfi
Charioteer of Delphi


Journals

Antiquity Journal
Quarterly journal of archaeological research with an archive, gallery, FAQ, events and announcement, and reviews.

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Megalithic and Neolithic art *

Images of Megalithic sites in the British Isles
Clive Ruggles, Leicester University

Neolithic Art in the The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Neolithic art history resources on the internet.

Stonehenge *

Stonehenge
English Heritage site.

Stonehenge
A web index by Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe.

Stonehenge: A 3-D Ancient Wonder
Use arrow keys to move around a computer-generated reconstruction.

Stonehenge
Digital Imaging Project

Mesopotanian art *

The British Museum Mesopotania collection.

The Gregorian Egyptian Museum

Mesopotamia. Art History Resources.
A comprehensive link index.

Sumer, Wikipedia entry.

Sumerian Language Page
Compiled lexicon, detailed FAQ, extensive Mesopotanian links.

ETCSL: The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature
Translations of more than 400 Sumerian literary texts.

Persian art

Persian art through the centuries.

Persian history and Culture
Iransaga

Relief Ur-Nanshe Louvre AO2344
Votive relief of Ur-Nanshe, king of Lagash, Early Dynastic III (2550–2500 BC)

Iran, Iraq

Middle Eastern art, a guide to websites.

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Neolithic art *

Stonehenge
English Heritage site.

Stonehenge
A web index by Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe.

Stonehenge: A 3-D Ancient Wonder
Use arrow keys to move around a computer-generated reconstruction.

Stonehenge
Digital Imaging Project

Ancient North American art *

See also: South America

Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies

The Hohokam

The Paleoamericans: 
Issues and Evidence Relating to the Peopling of the New World.

North American rock art *

The Hohokam

The Paleoamericans: 
Issues and Evidence Relating to the Peopling of the New World.

Rock Art Net
A project to provide information about online Rock Art resources. By Footsteps of Man (Orme dell’Uomo).

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.

Californian rock art *

Petroglyphs, pictographs and rock art.
This site contains captioned rock art pages of mostly lesser known petroglyph and pictograph sites in the California Deserts www.petroglyphs.us

Painted Cave Art of the Chumash Indians

Rock Art at California State Parks

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Palaeolithic art, cave and rock art *

Palaeolithic art (Virtual Museum, Kemerovo State University, Russia)

Art history resources on Paleolithic art. Chris Witcombe

Paintings, Engravings and Sculptures
Don’s Maps, a site by Don Hitchcock

France

Accueil prehistoire Conseil Général de la Dordogne

Archéologie

The Cave of Chauvet, Pont-d’Arc.

La grotte de Cussac, Dordogne.

Lascaux

The Cave of Lascaux

The Cave of Lascaux – Lascaux II

The Lascaux Cave, a prehistoric sky-map.

Prehistoric Cave of Rouffignac

The Bradshaw Foundation *

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.

The Rock Art Archive

African Rock Art Archive

Australia Rock Art Archive

British Isles Prehistory Archive

China Rock Art Archive

France Rock Art Archive

Aegeo-Balkan Prehistory
The Aegeo-Balkan Prehistory Project
An extensive collection of articles. Search the database or simply browse by topic, region and site.

Pre-Columbian art, Mesoamerican art *

Anthropos

Maya architecture, Wikipedia entry.

Maya ruins image gallery.

Ancient Civilizations – Maya

Mesoamerican architecture, Wikipedia entry.

Andean and Tiwanaku Archaeology, a timeline.

Archaeological sites in Colombia.
Wikipedia entries.

List of pre-Columbian cultures.
Wikipedia entries.

The National Museum of the American Indian

Pre-Colombian art history websites.


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

The State Hermitage Museum: Collection Highlights
Prehistoric Art

Prehistoric Art & Ancient Art
The Art History Archive

EuroPreArt
A database of European Prehistoric Art.

Lepenski Vir
A series of Mesolithic villages located on a high sandy terrace of the Danube River, on the Serbian bank of the Iron Gates Gorge.

Göbekli Tepe, in German.

Prehistoric Art Expressions from India

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Roman/ancient Roman art *

Roman Art
Thematic Essays (through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History)

Ancient sites of Roma
Encyclopaedia Romana

Ancient Rome for Kids

A History of Ancient Rome
A History of Ancient Rome. Romulus and Remus · Roman Houses · The Roman Army · Roman Slaves · The Roman Army and warfare …
The History Learning Site.

Ancient Rome
A Russian site, with an image database at The Database of Ancient Art

The George Ortiz collection of Ancient Roman art.

Images of Rome (Kalervo Koskimies)

Architecture

Arquitectura de la Antigua Roma

Classical architecture. Wikipedia, entry.

Ancient Roman architecture, Wikipedia entry.

Ancient Roman Architecture – Great Buildings Online
Great Buildings Online provides images and commentary on some of the best-known buildings of the Roman world.

The Classical order in Greek and Roman architecture. The styles of classical column.

The history of the Roman Empire
from Hadrian’s wall in the north of England to Cappadocia (Turkey) at the Black sea. Archeeology, museums displaying ancient Roman art, texts, political history. From The-Romans-Eu

Museum pieces
Here you find over 750 pictures of Roman artwork in museums all over the world. Romans-Eu

Sculpture

Roman Portrait Sculpture: Republican through Constantinian
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ancient Greek and Roman Sculpture
The Ancient Sculpture Gallery

British Museum, Rooms 83-84: Roman sculpture

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Stone age art *

Venus Figures from the Stone Age
Don’s Maps, by Don Hitchcock

Sumer *

Sumer. The ancient art of Sumeria, Wikipedia entry.

Sumerian Language Page
Compiled lexicon, detailed FAQ, extensive Mesopotanian links.

ETCSL: The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature
Translations of more than 400 Sumerian literary texts.

PSD: The Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary

CDLI: Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative
Sumerian texts in transliteration, largely from the Early Dynastic and Ur III periods, accessible with images.

Wikipedia entry on ancient art.

Arabian, Arabic art *

See also: Middle Eastern Art   Islamic Art

Arab.net. Countries covered: 
Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine,  Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria,Tunisia, UnitedArab emirates, Yemen.

Arabic Art. 4Arabs. An Arabic arts and literature search engine and directory.

United Arab Emirates, a guide to UAE art and culture websites.

Ancient Persian art *

Persian art through the centuries.

Iran, a guide to arts websites.

Middle East, a guide to arts websites.