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Arts and Humanities through the Eras
"Profiling milestones and movements in the arts, literature, music and religion from a specific period, each volume in this set helps students and researchers understand the various disciplines of the humanities in relation to each other, as well as to history and culture." Available to members of Thrall.
Eyewitness Companion: Art
"This title covers all of the key movements in Western art history, from Classicism to conceptual art and profiles more than 780 of the world's greatest artists." Available to members of Thrall. Also check out Eyewitness Companion: Photography.
* Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
Select a volume, then a country, and then scroll down to each country's "Folk Art, Crafts and Hobbies" section for details.

Arts - Agencies, Associations, and Organizations
The Computer Graphics Society
"The CGSociety is the most respected and accessible global organization for creative digital artists. The CGS supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote digital artists worldwide."
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
"All 50 states and the six U.S. jurisdictions (American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) have state arts agencies. Visit NASAA's state arts agency directory to learn more about your own state arts agency."
National Association of Women Artists
"The National Association of Women Artists was founded in 1889 by five innovative artists: Anita C. Ashley, Adele Frances Bedell, Elizabeth S. Cheever, Edith Mitchel Prellwitz and Grace Fitz-Randolph... It is the oldest professional women's fine art organization in the United States."
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
"The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities."
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
"The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers."
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
"The New York Foundation for the Arts' mission is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives."
New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA)
"NYSATA is a non-profit professional organization founded in 1948 for the purpose of advancing the cause of art education."
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
"The New York State Council on the Arts is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York's citizens." See also:
Online Resources
Topics include: Remote Teaching and Learning; Multi-Person Group Video Chat Services; Communication Forums; Museums; Organizations; Art Careers; Blogs; Supplies; Museum Virtual Tours and Resources; Art and Lesson Resources for All Levels; Elementary Art; Middle Level Art; High School Visual Arts; High School Digital/Graphic/Media Arts; and Feed the Artist/Art Teacher in You.

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Art Encyclopedia
"In addition to over 5,000 images of traditional and contemporary artworks, we feature thousands of articles on the history of fine art, the main painting genres, art movements, periods and styles, as well as hundreds of artist-biographies, and reviews of museums and galleries."
Art Glossary
Extensive glossary of artistic terms. Includes definitions of art periods/schools, genres, tools, techniques used in painting, drawing, and sculpture, and more. Provided by See also their Art Styles page for information on abstract art, art deco, art nouveau, expressionism, surrealism, and other styles used by artists. Links for styles are listed down the right side of the page.
The Art Guide
"The source for art exhibitions, artists, galleries & museums...The Art Guide combines many of the country's most successful art organizations, museums, local galleries and artists into one comprehensive internet resource. We offer up-to-date listings of Exhibitions, Events and Calls for Entry of galleries and museums. Our members post a variety of art activities both regionally and nationally and can increase their internet presence as Feature Artists and Featured Galleries." Selections of artists works can be found here also.
Art History Resources on the Web
Links to many art history sites starting with prehistoric art up to contempory art. Also includes photography, and the art of China, Japan, India, Africa, the Americas, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Once you click on a link, scroll down the page or look to the left side column of a table of contents.
Art Movements
From Sotheby's.
"Guide to great art on the Internet." Includes everything from individual artists and pieces to different movements and news in the art world.
Arts & Architecture Visual Dictionary
Topics include: Fine Arts; Architecture; Graphic Arts; Performing Arts; Music; and Crafts. From Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online.
"ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment." From the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
"Artsy features the world's leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Our growing database of 300,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 40,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art." You can browse by Artist, Artwork, Art Show, Gallery, Museum, Art Fair, Auction, and more. This is also the home of the Art Genome Project (browse classified artworks through links down center of page). Artsy also offers images for educational use.
Authentication and Evaluation of Paintings
Tips to find out if it's an original, print or reproduction. From the Traditional Fine Art Organization.
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)
Brief entries and excerpts/abstracts from the full edition. From Oxford Reference.
Dictionary of Symbols
Endeavors to provide cultural significances of various symbols. Meant as an "aid" to exploration of how symbols in each work of art functions.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.
Smarthistory: Art, History, Conversation
"Official provider of art history for Khan Academy."
VADS (the Visual Arts Data Service)
"VADS is the online resource for visual arts. It has provided services to the academic community and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in teaching, learning and research in the United Kingdom."
An interactive museum with the following excellent art exhibits:
Bellini's Feast of the Gods
Detailed study of one painting by artist Giovanni Bellini, including the Background, Analysis, Deconstruction, Installation, and Pigments.
Color Vision and Art
Subtitled "Vision Science & the Emergence of Modern Art. Includes: Light, Color and Vision, Color Interactions: Simultaneous Contrast, Luminance and Equiluminance, Peripheral Vision.
Pigments through the Ages
Art topics including Choose a Pigment, Browse Colors, Time Periods, Make Paintings, Look Closer.
Van Gogh's Letters
Transcripts of letters from artist Vincent Van Gogh. Searchable by topics and keywords.
Online exhibits of famous paintings

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eBooks - Online Books, Art Catalogs, Periodicals
American Folk Art Museum
"The American Folk Art Museum published 118 issues of Folk Art (formerly The Clarion) between winter 1971 and fall 2008. The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present."
The Art Institute of Chicago
"Digital Publications is a growing on-line representation of special collections and archival materials. It contains reproductions of print publications, websites presenting important collections in whole or in part in digital form and born-digital original scholarship. In addition to the individual publications listed to the left, there are also hundreds of Art Institute exhibition catalogs that have been digitized and made available by year of exhibition." From The Art Institute of Chicago.

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British Museum Publications
"Studies by staff and external experts." Includes Online Research Catalogues; Online Journals, and Research Publications Series. Accessible titles are marked with "Online Publication."
Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
"The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives comprise one of the largest art museum libraries in the country, with approximately 300,000 volumes and 2,000 linear feet of archival collections. The collection was founded in 1823 with the establishment of the Brooklyn Apprentices Library Association, which later evolved into the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, the parent organization of the Museum. This collection has been developed to encourage understanding of the Museum's object collections and cultural history. The fine arts are well represented, with research material on painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, decorative arts, costumes, and textiles."
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
"CAMH has a number of its original publications digitally reproduced on This online library is a rich resource for academic research and study with curatorial essays, artist interviews, and images that describe the art-world's ever-changing landscape through the CAMH's perspective."
The Frick Art Reference Library
"The Frick Art Reference Library's book and photograph collections relate mainly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists. Known internationally for its rich holdings of auction and exhibition catalogs, the Library is a leading site for collecting and provenance research."
The Getty: Virtual Library
"Free digital backlist titles from the Getty Publications Archives."

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Guggenheim: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
"As a vital part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's mission as an educational institution, the Guggenheim Museum's Publishing and Digital Media Department publishes books and catalogues to document its exhibitions and collections. Guggenheim publications are renowned for the high quality of their design and production, as well as for the depth of their scholarship. Browse through key museum titles dating back to its founding in 1937."

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The Kress Collection Catalogue
"The Kress Collection encompasses more than 3,000 works of European art, and is distinguished for its abundance of Italian Renaissance paintings. The Collection was donated to scores of regional and academic art museums throughout the United States between 1929 and 1961, with the single largest donation reserved for the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. From 1964 -1977, the Kress Foundation sponsored the publication of a scholarly Complete Catalogue of the Samuel H. Kress Collection, published on behalf of the Foundation. These nine illustrated volumes are written by leading art historians and remain authoritative scholarship on the works in the Collection. We have reproduced each volume here in PDF format." Highlights include:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Full Text Books Online (MetPublications)
"MetPublications is a portal to the Met's comprehensive publishing program with 1,500 titles, including books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades. MetPublications includes a description and table of contents for most titles, as well as information about the authors, reviews, awards, and links to related Met titles by author and by theme. Current book titles that are in-print may be previewed and fully searched online, with a link to purchase the book. The full contents of almost all other book titles may be read online, searched, or downloaded as a PDF. Many of these out-of-print books will be available for purchase, when rights permit, through print-on-demand capabilities in association with Yale University Press. For the Met's Bulletin, all but the most recent issue can be downloaded as a PDF. For the Met's Journal, all individual articles and entire volumes can be downloaded as a PDF." See also their main MetPublications page.

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The Museum of Modern Art Library
"The Museum of Modern Art Library is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art."
National Gallery of Art PDF Library
Includes art collections and downloadable publications from the National Gallery of Art publications archives.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art: Free Art Books
"The Library is creating distinctive digital collections that provide access to its rare materials to support research and education at the Museum, to enhance scholarship worldwide, to increase access to its holdings, and to promote lifelong learning. Digitizing also aids in preservation by reducing the need for handling the originals. Scrapbooks from the Archives; rare art auction catalogs; books and ephemera on European and American decorative arts and arms and armor; and the Museum's own publications are just some examples of the items that staff are digitizing and making freely available to all on the Internet Archive."

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Smithsonian Libraries
"Our Smithsonian online collection focuses on Smithsonian publications, art and design, history and culture, and the history of technology."
Featuring artworks from recent major auctions. Includes a number of viewable art featuring paintings, scultures, jewelry, and more. Some highlights include:
Toledo Museum of Art
"Since our founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of our collection. More than 30,000 works of art represent American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art. The Museum has been publishing books and catalogues exploring our splendid collection and exhibitions since 1912, as part of our mission to integrate art into people's lives."

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Whitney Museum of American Art
"Whitney Museum of American Art Library Collection Page The Frances Mulhall Achilles Library contains a comprehensive research collection related to modern and contemporary American art. The Library was originally built on the books and papers of The Whitney's founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and her first Museum director, Juliana Force. It also contains the institutional archives, periodicals, artist files, Special Collections and related digital research materials. The Library is central to the mission of the Whitney Museum of American Art, an institution committed to living artists. Holdings relate to the artists collected and exhibited at the Museum and chronicle the development, over nearly one hundred years, of both the institution and the art of this country. The Museum's history of support for American artists is demonstrated in the exhibition publications it produces along with other collection-related catalogs since its founding in 1930."

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National Galleries (U.S.)
GSA Fine Arts
"The Fine Arts Collection is one of the nation's oldest and largest public art collections. It consists of mural and easel paintings, sculptures, architectural and environmental artworks, as well as prints and other works on paper dating from the 1850s to the present. These civic artworks are displayed in federal buildings and courthouses nationwide. In addition, more than 23,000 easel paintings, prints, and small-scale sculptures created during the New Deal are on long-term loan to museums and other non-profit institutions across the United States. Maintained by GSA as a part of America's national and cultural heritage, the Fine Arts Collection also serves as a reminder of the important tradition of individual creative expression."
National Gallery of Art
"Explore thousands of the most significant works of art from the Renaissance to the present day. Our growing collection includes European and American masterpieces in every medium."
National Museum of African Art
"It is a collection that embraces the artistic expressions of Africa, from the ancient to contemporary times." From Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
"By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future."
National Portrait Gallery
"Generations of remarkable Americans are kept in the company of their fellow citizens at the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery presents the wonderful diversity of individuals who have left - and are leaving - their mark on our country and our culture."
Catalog of American Portraits
"Established in 1966, the CAP continues to acquire new material regularly and includes an ongoing survey of portraits held in collections across the country and abroad. Only one-of-a-kind likenesses are recorded, such as paintings, sculpture, drawings, miniatures, silhouettes, and daguerreotypes. Photographs, engravings, etchings, lithographs, and other graphic arts are not included, except those in the National Portrait Gallery's collection or exhibitions." Contains a photo of the portrait, current ownership, provenance and biographical sketches of subjects and artists. From the National Portrait Gallery.
The Portraits
Highlights include TIME Magazine Collection; Presidential Portraits; Miniatures; Daguerreotypes; One Life: the Mask of Lincoln; First Ladies; Grant and Lee; and Women's Suffrage. From the National Portrait Gallery.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
"The collection captures the aspirations, character, and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. The museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal key aspects of America's rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today."
Senate Art
"The art in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol and the Senate office buildings has been acquired principally for its public, patriotic, and commemorative characteristics. The Senate's art is intended to commit to posterity the persons and events of our national history, centered upon the institution of the Senate and the founding of the Republic." Includes paintings, sculpture, decorative art, and more.
Smithsonian Institution Museums
"Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities."

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New York Galleries
Art Museums in New York
Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Frick Collection
Guggenheim Museum
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
Whitney Museum of American Art

Other State Galleries
Art Museums in the United States

International Galleries
Art Museums Worldwide
The International Poster Gallery
Search by keywords or browse by subject, country, style, artist, size.
National Galleries of Scotland
Includes the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art all located in the city of Edinburgh. "The National Galleries of Scotland are home to the nation's collection of Scottish and international art, over 92,000 artworks. Explore the collection or dig deeper with our videos, podcasts, in-depth artist profiles, themes and learning resources." You can search the collections at "Artworks."
The National Gallery, London
In the left column, click on "Explore the Paintings" to browse by Artist, Century, 30 Highlight Paintings, Latest Arrivals.
Tate: British and International Modern and Contemporary Art
Victoria and Albert Museum

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Online Galleries & Digital Art
"Artspan is home to 2,800 artist, artisan, art photographer, and other art sites. Search or browse to view thumbnail images and access the artist websites. Visit the Portals, gateways to genres, media and regions. They feature articles, reviews, events, extensive resource lists and links to individual websites."
Barnes Collection Online
"The Barnes is home to one of the world's greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European paintings, with especially deep holdings in Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso. Assembled by Dr. Albert C. Barnes between 1912 and 1951, the collection also includes important examples of African art, Native American pottery and jewelry, Pennsylvania German furniture, American avant-garde painting, and wrought-iron metalwork. Through the Barnes Online Collection, digital images of more than 2,000 works of art in the Barnes Foundation's collection are available to the public."
CG Society of Digital Artists - CG Choice Gallery (3D)
The CG Society's forum features many of the best contemporary digital artists working in 3D modeling, character development, scenes, animations, simulation, architecture/archiviz, featue films, special effects, product design, and video game development.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA): Open Access
CMA "is using Open Access to make high-resolution digital images and collections data freely available by means of the internet. Open Access means the public now has the ability to share, remix, and reuse images of as many as 30,000 CMA artworks that are in the public domain for commercial as well as scholarly and noncommercial purposes. Additional information on more than 61,000 artworks - both those in the public domain and those with copyright or other restrictions - is also now available."
Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century
From the National Gallery of Art Online Editions.
Forgotten Heritage
Includes "Polish, Croatian, Estonian, Belgian and French artists of the avant-garde movement occurring in the second half of the 20th century." Browse by artist, artworks, and you can limit results by category (photography, painting, drawing, etc.). From Creative Europe, the Arton Foundation (Warsaw), and others.
Google Arts and Culture (formerly Art Project)
"Museums large and small, classic and modern, world-renowned and community-based from over 40 countries have contributed more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works ranging from oil on canvas to sculpture and furniture. Some paintings are available in 'gigapixel' format, allowing you to zoom in at brushstroke level to examine incredible detail. Use Google Street View to explore the interiors of landmarks such as the Palace of Versailles and The White House. Or, build and share your own virtual art gallery." From Google Cultural Institute.
GSA Fine Arts Collection
"The majority of the Fine Arts Collection consists of artworks created through the New Deal projects of the 1930s. From the start, the government intended these artworks be available to the public so they were placed on loan or allocated to public agencies and nonprofit institutions throughout the country." From the U.S. General Services Administration.
Guggenheim Collection Online
"Featuring nearly 1600 artworks by more than 575 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim's permanent collection of over 7,000 artworks. The selected works reflect the breadth, diversity, and tenor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's extensive holdings from the late 19th century through the present day, and are continually expanded to include a larger representation of the museum's core holdings as well as recent acquisitions. In addition to highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Collection Online includes works from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Visitors may browse by artist, date, artwork type, movement, or by several of the major groups of acquisitions that have entered the holdings of the foundation since its inception in 1937."
Museum of Computer Art (MOCA)
"MOCA: Museum of Computer Art is a nonprofit US educational corporation chartered by the NYS Department of Education. The MOCA site is host to hundreds of world-class digital artists and thousands of their images, all available for viewing here. It is one of the most heavily-trafficked, comprehensive, frequently-updated and respected computer art museums on the Web."
National Gallery of Art / NGA Images
"NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 45,000 open access digital images up to 4000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration. To get started enter a search term in the Quick Search box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page or browse the regularly updated featured-image collections prepared by Gallery staff." From the National Gallery of Art.
Olga's Gallery
"On our pages you will find over 10,000 works of art. We are dedicated to bringing you quality information about artists and their artwork from all around the world." Search or browse. Indexes you can browse include: Artist Index, Ancient Greek and Roman Myths Index, Country Index, Movement Index, Name Index, Christian Saints Index, New Testament Notes, Religion Notes Index, World Literature in Painting.
Online Museum Resources on Asian Art (OMuRAA)
"OMuRAA's purpose is to make the wealth of visual materials now available on the websites of many museums and arts-related educational institutions better known to teachers and students of Asian studies by cataloguing them in "teacher-friendly" and "student-friendly" way. With this aim OMuRAA identifies online visual resources - including collections databases, digital image libraries, archived websites of special exhibitions, online presentations of focused collections, and websites for teaching with and about art - and indexes them in ways that are familiar to teachers and students in world history, world literature, and general art courses." From Columbia University.
Ornament and Pattern: Pre-Victorian to Art Deco
"Several thousand images from nearly 100 volumes on decorative art and surface ornament, mainly portfolios of plates, pattern books, and scrapbook compilations." Browse or search. From the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.
Street Art
"Discover online collections and exhibitions about the history, locations and artists of street art." From Google.
Watercolour World
"Before the invention of the camera, people used watercolours to document the world. Over the centuries, painters - both professional and amateur - created hundreds of thousands of images recording life as they witnessed it. Every one of these paintings has a story to tell, but many are hidden away in archives, albums and store rooms, too fragile to display. The Watercolour World exists to bring them back into view. We are creating a free online database of documentary watercolours painted before 1900. For the first time, you can explore these fascinating visual records on a world map, search for topics that are important to you, and compare watercolours from multiple collections in one place."
The Web Gallery of Art
"The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 21.300 reproductions. Picture commentaries, artist biographies are available."

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