Art history resources

This post contains many links to useful and informative websites, institutes of art, libraries, and links to numerous art museum websites listed by country. There also are resource categories by period and region included.

Web Directories:

Voice of the Shuttle

Humanities resources on the Web. The list of contents includes Art (Modern and Contemporary) and Art History.

Librarians’ Internet Index

“Websites you can trust,” evaluated and selected by librarians. Subtopics include Art by Region and Artists.

Intute: Arts and Humanities

Arts and humanities resources selected by subject specialists for lecturers, researchers, and students. Search for your topic or select Visual Arts under Browse by Subject.

General Resources:

Art by Period

Links to art-related websites from prehistoric to contemporary.

Art History Resources on the Web

An index of art history links organized by period and region.

Art Movements Directory

“A concise reference guide to the major art movements and periods.” Includes brief biographical information about representative artists from each movement.


This “interconnected guide to all the arts” provides information and links to selected resources about a variety of artists and art movements, as well as links to related topics.


An index of links to images, articles, and information about art and artists. Searchable by artist, title, and museum.

Mother of All Art and Art History Links Page

Links to research resources, image collections, art museums, online exhibitions, and more.

Words of Art

A glossary of art and art history terms.

Image Collections:

Saskia Art Images Collection (library database; on-campus access only)

A collection of 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture, and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey, and Egypt.

CARLI Digital Collections (library database; on-campus access only)

In addition to the Saskia collection, this digital archive includes images from various Illinois institutions on subjects ranging from Pueblo pottery to Swahili expressive arts to historic photographs.

Art Images for College Teaching

Photos of art and architectural works with an emphasis on ancient, medieval, and Renaissance European art and architecture.

The Archive

Despite all the advertising, this site is a great source for images and limited information about artworks and artists from ancient to contemporary.

Library of Congress Print and Photographs Online Catalog

“Catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and other units of the Library.” Not everything is in the public domain; be sure to check the copyright information.

Web Gallery of Art

A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 12th to mid-19th centuries. Includes images, artist biographies, and information about selected works.

Museum Sites:

Voice of the Shuttle: Museums, Galleries, Institutes, and Centers

Links to art museum websites organized by country.


Resources by Period
Logan Museum (Beloit College): Before History
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art History, 20,000-8,000 BC
Ancient Egypt
Egypt Archive
Egyptian Museum (Cairo)
Louvre Museum: Egyptian Antiquities
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Egyptian Art
Ancient Near East
British Museum: Mesopotamia
Louvre Museum: Near Eastern Antiquities
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ancient Near Eastern Art
Michael C. Carlos Museum: Ancient Near Eastern Art
Ancient Greece/Rome
ArtLex: Greek Art
ArtLex: Roman Art
The Beazley Archive
Louvre Museum: Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greek and Roman Art
The Perseus Project: Art and Archaeology
Byzantine/Early Christian
British Museum
Cleveland Museum of Art: Gallery of Early Christian & Byzantine Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Glory of Byzantium
National Museum of Berlin: Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art
Gothic Architecture
Gothic Sculpture (in Italian and English)
Images of Medieval Art and Architecture
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Cloisters collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Medieval Art
Art History Resources on the Web: Renaissance Art in Italy
Art History Resources on the Web: Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
National Gallery of Art: Italian Painting of the 15th Century
Louvre Museum: Italian Renaissance Painting
Web Gallery of Art
Art History Resources on the Web: Baroque
Artcyclopedia: The Baroque Era
ArtLex: Baroque
Web Gallery of Art
18th Century
Artcyclopedia: Rococo
ArtLex: Neoclassicism
National Gallery of Art: French and Italian Painting of the 18th Century
Web Gallery of Art
The William Blake Archive
19th Century
19th Century Sculpture
19th & 20th Century Architecture and Design: The Aesthetic Movement
Art History Resources on the Web: 19th Century Art
The Arts in Victorian Britain
The First Impressionist Exhibition, 1874
Impressionism: Paintings Collected by European Museums
Web Gallery of Art
American Art @ the Phillips Collection
Art: 21
Art History Resources on the Web: 20th Century Art
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts: Modernism
Museum of Modern Art
Resources by Region:
African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning
Artthrob: Contemporary Art in South Africa
Contemporary African Art Collection
Michael C. Carlos Museum: Sub-Saharan African Art
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Art Scene China
Asia Art Archive
Asian Art
Hefner Collection
Hong Kong Art Archive
Minneapolis Institute of Art: The Art of Asia
A Path through Asian Art
Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Eastern Europe
Art Info Data Bank
East Art Map
Latin America
Art in Latin America
Coleccion Cisneros
University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art
Middle East
Modern and Contemporary Art in Iran
One Fine Art
Pacific Islands/Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales
New Zealand Arts on the Web
United States
African American Art on the Internet
American Art @ the Phillips Collection