Art research resources, libraries, archives

Art research resources online; art databases, libraries, archives, directories, encyclopedias, dictionaries;a guide to websites


Libraries, archives, search engines


Affordable Colleges Online
Affordable Colleges Online includes a guidebook for students looking to pursue an education in a variety of art disciplines. Their guidebook provides extensive information about online art programs, including:- How to choose a quality online art program.All Art Schools
Students can use this free comprehensive database of U.S. art schools to search for everything from associate’s to doctoral degrees in over 50 business-related concentrations, including painting, theatre, music and art history.

American arts organizations

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Arte Antica
Arte antica, arte medievale, pittura, disegno e incisione dal x al xviii secolo.
A very comprehensive database of art deadline information. Income and exhibition opportunities for artists.

The Art Career Project
The Art Career Project is an authoritative website on art careers, schools, and artistic professional growth.

The Art World Online. Buy, sell, and research fine & decorative art online. Artnet features international galleries, artists and artworks, the largest database of Fine


Artsy is an online way to discover and buy art, featuring work from leading galleries, museums, and private collections around the world.
Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. They are an online platform for discovering, discussing, and collecting art.
Powered by The Art Genome Project—a way of providing pathways for discovery for experts and non-experts alike—Artsy hopes to foster new generations of art lovers, museum-goers, collectors, and patrons. They are partnered with 400+ leading galleries, as well as 100+ museums and foundations.

Art deadlines

Art Deadlines List
A monthly email newsletter listing art competitions, art scholarships, art grants, juried exhibitions, art jobs & internships, call for entries/proposals/papers, writing & photo contests, residencies, design & architecture competitions, auditions, tryouts, fellowships, festivals, funding, financial aid, and other opportunities (including some that take place on the web) for artists, art educators and art students of all ages.
A very comprehensive resource for art deadline information. Information on grants, jobs, exhibition opportunities and not-for- profit programs providing free art education for low-income people, for children and for adults with disabilities.

Art Cult
Le journal du marché de l’art.
Art marketing, art prices, art market news, commercial information. From Holbein & Hilliard, a company specializing in the production of press releases and catalogues for galleries and artists. Includes artist biographies.

Images of famous paintings in art galleries around the world; online index of artists and art museums.

Art Schools Digital
The leading online resource for art programs and schools. The comprehensive portal for individuals who wish to pursue a fulfilling career in the arts. 

Explore millions of items from a range of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Find books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings.
Customize the database. Found something you like? Download it, print it, use it, save it or share it,
Europeana is the trusted source of cultural heritage brought to you by the Europeana Foundation and a large number of European cultural institutions, projects and partners.


Grove Art Online (Oxford University)
The gateway to Oxford University’s art reference works, including the peer-reviewed, regularly updated Grove® Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists; Includes over 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art and architecture, as well as over 15,000 images of works of art.

The National Gallery of Art research library

The Metropolitan Museum of Art research department
Ocula is an online contemporary arts platform that provides comprehensive access to leading art galleries, exhibitions and artists, from around the world.

Getty Research Portal

The Getty Research Portal enables art history buffs to explore, share and download  100,000 freely available digitized art history texts it hosts. Search for directly, or filter by creator, subject, language, source, or date range. Thanks to the freely downloadable materials, scholars and researchers can now be in possession of copies of rare books and other titles.

Research Catalogue, an international database for artistic research.
The Research Catalogue (RC) is a searchable database for archiving artistic research. RC content is not peer reviewed, nor is it highly controlled for quality, being checked only for appropriateness. As a result, the RC is highly inclusive. The open source status of the RC is essential to its nature and serves its function as a connective and transitional layer between academic discourse and artistic practice, thereby constituting a discursive field for artistic research. The RC creates a link between

(1) elaborated documentation of the work; and

(2) expositions and comments that engage with the contribution of the work as research.

Warburg Institute Library, London

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.