art history references

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Art History References

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian)

Collecting, preserving and providing access to primary sources that document the history of visual arts in America.

Art History Unstuffed

Art History Unstuffed was created by Dr. Jeanne S.M. Willette for Twenty-First-century learners and students of art history who prefer reading “text-bytes” and “sound-bytes” of targeted information.

The Art Story

The story of Modern Art – includes focused biographies with key artistic works produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the style and philosophy of the art created during that era.

Ancient History Encyclopedia

The world’s most-read history encyclopedia, with a mission to improve history education worldwide by creating the most complete, freely accessible and reliable history resource in the world.

Flemish Primitives

Biographies, research and an online gallery focused on the painting of the 15th and early 16th Century in the Southern Low Countries often referred to in art history as the “Flemish primitives.”

Forgotten Masters

Through lectures, public conversations, art tours, and writings, Micah Christensen’s Forgotten Masters is a quixotic attempt to research and re-contextualize within art history the once-famous and influential artists and their work.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History:
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection. Search by chronology, region, essays or by works of art.

HENI Talks

HENI Talks a catalog of short videos featuring leading artists, curators and academics introducing ideas and personal insights related to a variety of topics from historic through contemporary art and architecture.

Paris Salon Exhibitions: A History in Collage

The title says it all! This visual resource provides a “greatest hits” of the Paris Salons from 1667 – 1880, with additional resources and quick highlights of contributions and scandals related to these important art historical events.

Smart History – Khan Academy

A leading resource for the study of art history and cultural heritage, featuring videos and essays designed that cover art that ranges from the Paleolithic to the present across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

The Whitney Biennial – Timeline

A timeline of The Whitney Biennial from 1932 to the present, highlighting participating artists and curators from the longest-running survey of contemporary American art.

Thought Co. – Visual Arts

Exploring the rich world of contemporary visual arts and art history, including drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and more.

Traditional Fine Arts Organization

A non-profit organization dedicated to furthering education in American art through advocacy, publication and research. Cool features includes a state-by-state guide of art historical essays and publications (great for art nerds!).

World Cat

Find out if what you want is available in a library near you (or not!) with the World Cat database, a global catalog of library collections.

Art Associations

Check out our list of Art Associations for more information.

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