Art history online, a comprehensive website reference

greek_headArt history online: top art history websites
Art historians; art periods, timelines
Histoire de l’art/historia del arte
Storia delle arti

Archaeology Archives, databases
Art historians Art history departments
Artists Blogs Catalogues Conservation
Journals Libraries  Museums News

Timeline *


Styles and Movements
arranged alphabetically *

Ancient art Art Deco
Art Nouveau
Arts and Crafts
Baroque Conceptualism
Cubism Dada
Expressionism Futurism
Impressionism Medieval
Minimalism Modernism
Pop Art Post Modernism
Pre-Rhaphaelites Renaissance
Rococo Romanticism
Russian Art Surrealism
Symbolism Victorian Art

See also:

Architecture Artists Art Periods

Directories Historians Journals

Iconography Manuscripts Painting

Conservation Archaeology Curating


Art period timelines, reference websites: *

Art Movements Directory (UK) A History of the World in 100 Objects
This site uses objects to tell a history of the world. You will find 100 objects from the British Museum and hundreds more from museums and people across the UK.

Art history timeline from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Catalogues:  historical exhibition, provenance and auction catalogues.

European painting by historical period. LACMA

History of European art. The Web Museum
Kunstpedia is a database with articles on the fine and decorative arts, with the exception of contemporary art. The basis of is formed by a diversity of articles in Dutch and English, which have been posted by art historians, collectors, art  galleries, antique dealers and museums. Contributors include the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Hermitage Amsterdam, Milwaukee Art Museum, The Royal Collection Buckingham Palace and the Seattle Art Museum.

Provenance websites.

Social is a new kind of encyclopedia, delivering structured multimedia information about artists, musicians and authors (among others). Personalities are shown within their historical and cultural context, allowing the users to have the full picture encompassing the people life achievements, but also their post-mortem influence.

SmartHistory is a free, not-for-profit, multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook.

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.

The World History of Art
The History of Civilization and Culture.



African art history *

See also: Africa

African art history resources on the web.
A comprehensive web index by Chris Witcombe.

G. I. Jones Photographic Archive of Southeastern Nigerian Art and Culture
This site is a research resource designed to make these photographs available to people who have a personal or professional interest in the art of Southeastern Nigeria.

Alternative careers for art historians.

Ancient art

See also: Ancient Art

Ancient art web sites from The Ancient History Soure Book.

Ancient documents.
Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, University of Oxford. Mesopotamian, (Sumerian, Akkadian), Aramaic, Hebrew, Syrian, Palestine, Hittite, Egyptian, West Semitic ( Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew), Greek documents.

Archaeology *

See also: Archaeology

Abila Archaeological Project, Jordan.

American Journal of Archaeology
Journal of the Archaeological Institute of America

Archaeology Magazine

Art historians, art historian websites *

Alberti’s Window: An Art History Blog

Alternative careers for art historians.

AHAI Association des Historiens de l’Art Italien

Art History Newsletter

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Weekly news and job-information source for college and university faculty members, administrators, and students.

Dictionary of art historians. Duke University
A biographical and methodological database intended as a beginning point to learning the background of major art historians of western art history. A free, copyrighted scholarly database for the use of researchers, students and the public.

Dictionary of Art Historians
A Biographical Dictionary of Historic Scholars, Museum Professionals and Academic Historians of Art

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

INHA Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art

View Festival: A Festival of Art History
VIEW (UK ) explores facets of art history through debates, talks, film screenings, student presentations and an Artbook fair.

Wikipedia entry on art historians.

Well-known art historians

Baxandall, Michael

Michael Baxandall, Wikipedia entry.

Berenson, Bernard

Bernard Berenson, Wikipedia entry.

Bernard Berenson, biographical entry.

Blunt, Anthony

Anthony Blunt. Wikipedia entry.

Anthony Blunt. The Dictionary of Art Historians

Anthony Blunt at The Courtauld Institute. Recollections by former pupils. BBC

Burckhardt, Jacob

Jacob Burckhardt, Wikipedia entry.

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

Fox, James

James Fox

Gombrich, Ernst

Ernst Gombrich
The Gombrich Archive

Ernst Gombrich
Wikipedia entry.

Kemp, Martin

Martin Kemp’s website.

Martin Kemp’s blog.

Universal Leonardo, Kemp’s site on Leonardo da Vinci.

Martin Kemp Wikipedia entry.

Longhi, Roberto

Roberto Longhi. Wikipedia

Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte Roberto Longhi

Lucie-Smith, Edward

Edward Lucie-Smith homepage.

MacGregor, Neil

Neil MacGregor, Wikipedia entry.

Neil MacGregor. 100 Objects, BBC

Panovsky, Erwin

Erwin Panofsky
Erwin Panofsky, Wikipedia entry.

Pater, Walter

Walter Pater etexts.

Walter Pater, Wikipedia entry.

Schama, Simon

Simon Schama. Faculty Directory, Columbia University.

BBC. Simon Schama’s Power of Art

Simon Schama, Wikipedia entry.

Winckelmann, Johann Joachim

Winckelmann, Johann Joachim. Johann Joachim Winkelmann
Project Gutenburg texts. Gedancken uber die Nachahmung der Griechischen Wercke in der Mahlerey und Bildhauer-Kunst

Johann Winckelmann. Encyclopedia Britannica

Johann Wincklemann.


Johann Joachim Winckelmann. Wikipedia

Wind, Edgar

Wind, Edgar. Edgar Wind, Wikipedia entry.

Wittkower, Rudolf

Rudolf Wittkower, Wikipedia entry.

Wolfflin, Heinrich

Heinrich Wolfflin.
Heinrich Wolfflin, Wikipedia entry.

Yates, Frances

Frances Yates. Wikipedia entry.

University art history departments *

University art history departments worldwide, a guide to websites.

University art history departments on the internet.

Art History Departments Around the World – A Sampling

Art historians, a dictionary.

Courtauld Institute of Art, London
The international centre for the study of the history of art and conservation and also home to one of the finest small art museums in the world.

Warburg Institute, London

Art history archives, image databases, image search engines, directories, catalogues and organizations *

AMICO (Art Museum Image Consortium)
A not-for-profit organization of nearly 30 institutions with art collections, AMICO has created a digital library of images and documentation.

The Art History Browser
Annotated links. Prehistoric to Early Medieval

Art historians. Dictionary of art historians. Duke University. Arthistory.CC.
A large online gallery containing 1800 artworks, with artists’ biographies and information about their work. Arthistory.CC also has a timeline where you can explore the history of art. There are also an art dictionary and a search-engine for all pages. Totally, can you review 1800 works of art.
A collaboration between a number of German research institutes, is a comprehensive bilingual (English and German) gateway to European Art History resources on the Internet.

Art History Research Centre (AHRC)
The Art History Research Centre was a foremost tool to facilitate art historical research as well as other arts research on the internet. Links, periodicals, libraries, art history newsgroups, art history search engines, internet resources.

Art History Resources on the Web, by Chris Witcombe.
An extensive Art History Link Directory.

Art History Resources on the Internet (ARTHLINKS).
Prehistoric through to modern. Research sources, museums and galleries. Includes photography. From Sweet Briars College, Virginia, U.S.

Art History Webmasters Association

Art Millenium
This art encyclopedia contains pictures, biographies of many artists, along with style descriptions and art periods from Paleolithic to contemporary art.

Art Odyssey
A research library for art historians and artists. Search websites under historical period, country, artist and medium.

Bridgeman Art Library
Art, culture and history images. An international collection featuring works from more than 1000 museums, galleries and historical societies. The site includes a searchable database consisting of thumbnail images and documentation. By registering with Bridgeman, you will have instant access to more than 400,000 images.

Britannica Image Quest
Encyclopedia Britannica’s Image Quest opens one million rights-cleared digital images from top global picture libraries to education. Educational institutions and public libraries have access to more than one million digital images from more than 40 of the best global picture libraries. Fully rights-cleared for educational use, Image Quest brings together collections from many leading museums and libraries.

British Museum research
This website brings together material at the British Museum of interest to researchers.

Categories for the description of works of art.
Created by the Art Information Task Force (AITF), a group of art historians, museum curators and registrars, visual resource professionals, art librarians, information managers and technical specialists brought together by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the College Art Association.

Catalogues, historical exhibition, provenance and auction catalogues.

Courtauld Institute of Art, London
The international centre for the study of the history of art and conservation and also home to one of the finest small art museums in the world.

Enciclopedia dell’Arte:
Consulta on-line l’Enciclopedia dell’Arte con oltre 35.000 pittori, disegnatori e incisori dal X al XVIII.

Google Art Project
View high-definition images of works of art from the world’s great art museums.

Gombrich archive
The online archive of art historian Professor Sir Ernst Gombrich.

The Khan Academy is a free and open, not-for-profit, art history textbook. Part of the Khan Academy, they use multimedia to deliver unscripted conversations between art historians about the history of art. They are seeking contributors-especially for canonical non-Western material and other survey topics not yet covered. They welcome comments, feedback and corrections.

Journals  See also: Art Journals and Magazines

Lugts Repertoire online
Lugts Repertoire Online is an online database published by the Dutch publishing house IDC. It is a digitised collection of Frits Lugt’s ‘Repertoire des Catalogues de Ventes Publiques’, featuring 3,000 complete catalogues, from 1600 to 1925.

Musee Achaemenide
The virtual Achaemenid museum is an interactive website focusing on the Achaemenid Empire, also known as the Persian Empire.

Oxford art online
The Oxford Art Online website hosts Grove Art Online, the online version of the Grove Dictionary of Art.

Pictures of Record
A publisher of archaeological images designed for educational and museum use.

Art Quotes by famous artists.

The website for Rewind, an AHRC-funded project to “address the gap in historical knowledge of the evolution of electronic media arts in the UK”. Rewind aims to research, archive and conserve master copies of artists’ video in the 1970s and 1980s.

Scholars Resource
A commercial service within Scholars Resource offering visual materials to educational institutions throughout the world. The images cover art throughout the world, with special emphasis on western art from major European museums.

Society of Antiquaries of London
Founded in 1701, the Society’s interests embrace all aspects of archaeology, architectural and art history, conservation, heraldry, anthropological, ecclesiastical, documentary, musical and linguistic study.

The online catalog & image database of the College of Environmental Design Visual Resources Center, University of California, Berkeley.

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.

Timeline of art history
The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Timeline of Art History spans the entire history of the visual arts from the Palaeolithic to the present day, across all continents and cultures.

Warburg Institute, London
The Warburg Institute is concerned mainly with cultural history, art history and history of ideas, especially in the Renaissance. It aims to promote and conduct research on the interaction of cultures, using verbal and visual materials. It specializes in the influence of ancient Mediterranean traditions on European culture from the Middle Ages to the modern period. Its open–access library has outstanding strengths in Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance art, Arabic, Medieval and Renaissance philosophy, the history of religion, science and magic, Italian history, the history of the classical tradition, and humanism.

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.

Wikipedia. Wikibooks collection of open-content textbooks. Art History Project

Wildenstein Institute
The Wildenstein Institute, Paris, aims to support research in art history with its constantly updated collection of research materials. This site is dedicated to helping both specialists and amateurs in furthering their research.

Art Nouveau. A directory of art nouveau/art deco websites.