Art History Resources on the Web.
Provides links to hundreds of sites related to all periods of art history from prehistoric to twentieth century. Coverage includes non-European art, research resources in art history, museums and galleries, and three chronological categories for Western art. Many links are to artists' pages that provide biographical information and images.
Getty Information Institute: Provenance Index.
A database listing articles, exhibit catalogs, and other materials relating to art and architecture. This computerized database is a compilation of the Provenance Index that covers paintings sold in Britain in the 19th century. Though it doesn't contain references to current publications in the field, it does provide good retrospective coverage for art history research.
INFOMINE. Scholarly Internet Resource Collections: Visual and Performing Arts.
A catalog of selected, annotated sites useful for research on art, literature, music, dance, theater, film, and photography. A search engine allows users to browse by title, keyword, or subject.
Local and Global Internet Resources for Art Historians and Art History Students.
A vast index of links to art history Web sites. Users can search by topics such as artists, publications, and museums.
The Mother of All Art History Pages.
Provides links to a wide variety of sites related to art history, including research resources, image collections, museums, and art history departments. Although the site may not be updated regularly, the information it includes is useful for researching art history.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Provides information specifically related to the gallery, such as exhibition schedules, and does not contain links to other sites. It offers guided virtual tours of major artists' works and provides information about their biographical and artistic backgrounds. Users can search the museum's inventory for information on specific artists and their works, and on periods in art history.
National Museum of American Art.
Provides information specific to the museum. Users can also search the museum's inventory for information on specific artists and their works. Users can take a virtual tour of the museum's works and send their questions on American art to a virtual reference desk from which they will receive an e-mail response within five days.
The PartheNet: Combined Internet Resources for Students of Art History.
A well-designed index of links to art history Web sites, organized in chronological order and by geographic region beginning with Classical studies and ending in Modernism. The index also includes links to sites that fall into the category of Media and Miscellany, such as Art Movements and Periods Defined, and Sister Wendy's Story of Painting on PBS.
World Wide Art Resources.
An exhaustive list of links to all aspects of the art world — both historical and commercial. Essentially, this is a search engine that provides results from across the Web on anything and everything to do with art.
WWW Virtual Library: Architecture.
Covers both the history and the practice of architecture with links to a wide variety of sites of interest to architecture students and practicing architects. Users can search for schools, firms, and jobs; portfolios; publications and software; conferences and mailing lists; and various types of architecture. A search function allows users to search across the Web.
WWW Virtual Library: ArchNet.
A comprehensive guide to archaeological Web pages from around the world, with links to sites organized by geographic regions, academic departments, museums, news, subjects within archaeology, and journals and publications. A search field allows users to search by keyword. Also included is a guide to archaeology newsgroups and listservs.
WWW Virtual Library: Museums.
An enormous listing of Internet sites related to museums, galleries, and archives. Headings include country, museums and exhibitions, and selected virtual exhibitions. Although the design is plain and unexciting, this site is notable for its comprehensiveness and its ability to connect users to artwork that they might not be able to view otherwise.
Many institutions have slide collections of art objects organized by period, country, or medium. Such collections can provide visual resources for study and presentations. However, many slide collections are maintained by the art department rather than the library and may have restricted circulation. To locate sources for slides, consult Norine Cashman's Slide Buyer's Guide, 6th ed. (Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1990).
ARTBibliographies Modern. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1974-.
An electronic database containing abstracts of articles, books, catalogs, and essays on modern art. Art Index. New York: Wilson, 1930-.
An author and subject index to art periodicals covering all periods and media of art, including film and photography. The work is particularly helpful for locating reproductions in periodicals, as well as research studies and news of sales and exhibitions. Available in electronic format. Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). Santa Monica: John Paul Getty Trust, 1991-.
Covers art in all periods and countries, giving abstracts of books, articles, dissertations, and exhibit catalogs arranged in broad thematic categories. Also included are author and subject indexes. Available in electronic format. Contemporary Artists. 4th ed. Chicago: St. James, 1996.
Provides biographies of current artists from around the world, personal background and information on their work, lists of their exhibits, and bibliographies of sources for further research. The Dictionary of Art. 34 vols. New York: Grove's Dictionaries, 1996.
An exhaustive encyclopedia of world art containing scholarly articles on artists, movements, works, and subjects, each followed by a selective bibliography. Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. 4 vols. New York: Oxford University, 1998.
Includes 600 substantial articles on philosophical concepts relating to art and aesthetics, including overviews of movements, major theorists, national and regional aesthetics, and subjects such as cyberspace, law and art, cultural property, politics and aesthetics, and the canon. Each article is followed by a selective and up-to-date bibliography. Encyclopedia of World Art. 15 vols. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959-.
Offers thorough, scholarly articles on artists, movements, media, periods, national traditions, and so on. Each volume has text in the front and a section of plates in the back. There is an index to the entire set, and supplementary volumes present newer information. Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects. 4 vols. New York: Free Press, 1982.
Profiles more than 2,400 architects from all countries and periods, providing biographical and critical information and, in many cases, a bibliography for further research. The Oxford Companion to Art. Oxford: Clarendon, 1971.
A handbook that provides articles, some brief and others several pages long, on topics in world art history, including artists, themes, media, and movements.