Art directories

Art directories, encyclopedias, art databases and portals

Art Gallery Worldwide
A directory of works of art in different styles and media. The website offers a wide variety of features and services that enable customers to buy and sell their art.

Art History Resources on the Web
An index of online art history resources, by Dr Christopher Witcombe.

WetCanvas! Cyber Living for Artists
is an effort to bring information relevant to today’s artist to an online format. It is part magazine, part virtual classroom, and part reference site. The largest community site on the Internet with a specific focus on the visual artist.

Mark Harden’s Artchive. A gallery of art history images available for educational use.
A guide to museum-quality art on the Internet. Search hundreds of art museum sites for exhibits and artists.
An arts portal, with artist listing, galleries, and auctions.

Art and Culture Network
A cross-disciplinary front door to the world of the contemporary arts. This website features thousands of artist biographies, essays about art movements and themes, and overviews of the full range of artistic disciplines (from painting to dance to music to literature to film. Using the special abilities of the Web, links all this information together in an illuminating fashion, suggesting connections between artists, across disciplines.

Open Directory Project (DMOZ)
A directory of arts websites.

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.

Wikipedia entries on art and artists.

Wikiart encyclopedia of fine arts
The project aims to create high-quality, most complete and well-structured online repository of fine art. We hope to make classical art a little more accessible and comprehensible, and also want to provide a new form of interaction between contemporary artists and their audience. In the future we plan to cover the entire history of art — from cave artworks to the new talents of today.
The project is non-profit.
A database of freely usable images to which anyone can contribute.

Workbook is dedicated to providing the creative community premium sourcebooks, and a website with comprehensive features and resources for finding top talent and services.

World Artists Directory
A source for accomplished artists worldwide. View artists by location, art form, exhibition or award history, commission availability and more.

The Voice of the Shuttle
An extensive web index for humanities research.

Your Paintings
Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country. Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (a registered charity) and participating collections and museums from across the UK.