Art History

  • Ancient Theater Archive
    Created by Thomas G. Hines at Whitman College, this website serves as a comprehensive reference source for Greco-Roman theaters in the Mediterranean. The site includes a glossary of classical architectural terms, maps, histories, theater measurements, audience capacity, panoramas, location of the archaeological archives, and plans with restoration overlays.
  • Arcade: New York Art Resource Consortium
    Arcade combines material and cultural history documents from the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum, making 800,000 visual and textual records available for public use.
  • Art in Context
    This online reference library contains an extensive listing of artists with links to exhibition history and gallery representation.
  • Art Institute of Chicago Architecture Collections
    Access to over 500 digital images, including architectural drawings and fragments, "System of Architectural Ornament" by Louis Sullivan, and the Bertrand Goldberg Archives.
  • Art Institute of Chicago: Chicago Architects Oral History Project
    PDF files of interviews with almost eighty architects who helped build Chicago in the 20th century.
  • Artscope
    SFMOMA designed this visual browsing tool for searching their collection
  • ARTstor
    Digital library with approximately 750,000 images of art, architecture, and archeology. Subscription is available to UT affiliates with an EID.
  • Asian Historical Architecture
    Ranging from monumental to vernacular architecture, this site contains over 10,000 images of 677 sites in sixteen countries.
  • Association of College & Research Libraries Internet Resources -- The History of Early Photography
    Compiled by Ellen Bahr, this list on the ACRL website incorporates a number of websites that link to collections comprised of different media to present chronological, material, typological and biographic histories of photography.
  • Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts, a centralized online archive of holdings around the world.
  • Castles of Japan
    High quality images of castles from the Medieval to Edo Period.
  • Collect Britain
    This site showcases over 90,000 items in the collections of the British Library, including over 1,000 maps and plans of London.
  • Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project
    The Council of Independent Colleges has developed the Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP), a database that organizes university sites by type, style, designer, function and time period. This database currently includes information for campus master plans, buildings and landscapes at nearly 400 institutions of higher learning.
  • Daily Telegraph's Arts Picture Galleries
    Information about current and recent exhibtions in the U.K.
  • DASE
    DASE is a collaborative digital media repository/search engine/slideshow maker/rss feed creation tool. Material on this site may be used for educational purposes by current faculty, students, and staff of The University of Texas at Austin. Provides access to materials, licensed or otherwise, for which the copyright is held by owners other than the university.
  • Digital Imaging Project
    Over thirteen thousand images of architecture and sculpture from antiquity to the present compiled by Mary Ann Sullivan of Bluffton University.
  • Flickr: The Commons
    a digital space where cultural heritage organizations, including the Library of Congress and the Brooklyn Museum, have published holdings from their photography archives.
  • Ghost Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1542-2000
    USC Professor of History and Political Science Philip Ethington uses two forms of narrative in Ghost Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1954-2000 to investigate the city's history in terms of cultural, economic and political landscapes. Yet unfinished, the site presently includes three short essays focusing on the history of Hollywood, aeronautics and the oil industry in Los Angeles complemented by a photographic narrative featuring images of Klansmen and tire workers alongside those of Hollywood fame and photos of the city's Case Study houses by Julius Schulman. In addition, an interactive map allows for quick location of sites within the greater Los Angeles area.
  • Google Earth Prado Masterpieces
    Google Earth has incorporated ulta-high resolution images of fourteen masterpieces from the Museo del Prado’s collection.
  • Grove Art Online
    Grove Art Online comprises the full text of The Dictionary of Art and The Oxford Companion to Western Art.
  • Historic Illustrations of Art and Architecture
    This collection from the University of Michigan features engravings, line drawings, and plans of ancient sites that were published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Huntington Archive Black and White Photograph Collection of Asian Art
    This digital collection holds approximately 30,000 images of Asian art and architecture. Countries included in this collection are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma) Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
  • Idée Labs
    Idée Labs has created image search tools including the Multicolour Search Lab that utilizes up to ten different colors to access images in both Alamy and Flickr. Two additional search tools access images in Alamy including the tag-based Visual Search Lab, and image-based BYO Image Search Lab.
  • Life of a City: Early Films of New York
    From the Library of Congress, these early films from the turn of the twentieth century range from the construction of skyscrapers and subways to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
  • LIFE Photo Archive
    Google has made millions of images available online from the LIFE photo archive
  • Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge
    USC Professor of History and Political Science Philip Ethington developed this website to confront the issues that plague urban historical investigations of Los Angeles. The site content examines the city through images and, essays both historical and historiographical, to treat the subject comprehensively. The content includes photographs, plans, models, maps, photomontages, and "reflexive index sets," historic images grafted onto a present-day photograph to demonstrate the scope of site history.
  • Northern Italian Sketchbook Project
    Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s (1868-1928) sketches of Northern Italy during his tour of the continent in 1891.
  • Olmsted Research Guide
    a database that provides access to archival materials - drawings, plans and correspondence - that relate to the landscape design of Frederick Law Olmsted, his sons, John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Junior.
  • Perseus Digital Library
    Tufts University's Perseus Digital Library features a collection of primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome, including over 56,000 images.
  • Photographs from the German Federal Archive
    Available on the Wikimedia Commons, this collection of over 100,000 photographs document the political and personal lives of Germans over the course of the twentieth century. Examples of the built environment are also included.
  • Piero della Francesca: The Legend of the True Cross
    Three dimensional interactive model with audio commentary of the Renaissance fresco cycle
  • Russian Utopia: A Depository
    An online archive of a Russian museum which collects compact representations of Soviet projects that never came to fruition.
  • S. Charles Lee Papers
    includes drawings and photographs of the works of this prolific designer of Art Deco movie theaters on the west coast and in Mexico. From the UCLA Digital Library.
  • Sacred Destinations
    A guide to sacred places, pilgrimage sites, and religious art, covering over 1,250 places in 61 countries. User generated photographs, maps, travel guides and brief histories enrich the web resource.
  • Sidney D. Gamble Photographs
    Sidney D Gamble Photographs Digital Collection at Duke University marks the first comprehensive public presentation of Gamble’s large body of work. This digital archive includes over 5000 photographs shot in China between 1917 and 1932.
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
    This site contains links to over 20,000 images in the Smithsonian's collections and it is updated daily.
  • Spiro Kostof Lectures
    Podcasts for the lectures of this architectural historian's final class in 1991 at UC Berkeley, "A Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism." Topics run from the Florentine Rennaisance to the post modernism of the 20th century.
  • The Giza Archives Project
    Containing excavation photographs, expedition diary entries, maps, and digitized books and articles, this site aims to become the world's central repository for the archaeological history of the Giza site.
  • The Petra Great Temple Excavation
    Provides site plans and images of the Great Temple in Petra, Jordan. The site is administered by Brown University and the excavation is under the direction of Professor Martha Sharp Joukowsky.
  • Timeline of Art History
    This timeline is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as prepared by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Uncapping the Lens: The Early History of Photography
    The Association of College and Research Libraries has compiled a list of internet resources that delve into the early history of photography, including various photographic techniques and early photographic exhibitions.
  • UNESCO World Heritage
    A searchable database of the 878 sites deemed to have universal value by UNESCO.
  • VADS
    Comprised of over 100,000 images, Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) image database is an online resource for the visual arts.
  • 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 and Baroque periods (1100-1850) and currently contains over 16.200 reproductions.
  • Women Artists Archives National Directory
    This site provides a web directory to U.S. archival collections of primary source materials by and about women visual artists active in the U.S. since 1945.
  • World Heritage Tours
    UNESCO World Heritage sites in 360 degree imaging