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Art and Architecture: Websites

Evaluating Websites

Find Reputable Websites for your Project

The following websites are among many useful resources for Art and Art History on the Internet.  Please note that online image databases are not listed here.  Use the "Find Images" tab at the top of the page for those resources.

  • Smarthistory - a multimedia web book - is a free, not-for-profit, multimedia web-book that aims to be a dynamic enhancement for the traditional art history textbook. In addition to featuring images and text, it contains audio files, videos, maps, and other multimedia content. This website has won numerous awards.
  • Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institution) - Want to see archival photographs of Jackson Pollock at work or read Albert Bierstadt's correspondence? The Smithsonian's Archives of American Art has digitized over one hundred collections of archival documents relating to American artists. If you are working on a topic relating to American art, this website is a great way to start research using primary sources.
  • Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) - funded by the Heilbrunn Foundation, New Tamarind Foundation, and Zodiac Fund. The Timeline of Art History presents the Met’s collection via a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history. Targeted at students and scholars of art history, it is an invaluable reference, research, and teaching tool. Authored by the Met’s experts—predominantly made up of curators but also of conservators, scientists, and educators—the Timeline comprises 300 timelines, 930 essays, close to 7,000 objects, and a robust index, and is regularly updated and enriched to provide new scholarship and insights on the collection.
  • Art on Film - a clearinghouse for information about film, video, CD-ROM and other interactive productions on fine arts, architecture, photography, decorative arts, and related topics. This Web site is a service of the Program for Art on Film, Inc., affiliated with the School of Information & Library Science (SILS) at Pratt Institute.

Exploring Museums Online

Want to visit Berlin museums or the Chateau de Fontainebleau but can't afford an airplane ticket?  Take a trip at your desk using the Art Project powered by Google. 

  • Art Project, Powered by Google
    Google's Art Project allows you to view artwork from hundreds of museum collections. You can even take a virtual stroll through select galleries. Although educational use of this website is encouraged, images cannot be downloaded and printed. You can, however, zoom in to view images in extraordinary detail, create slideshows, and save and share images in your personal gallery.
  • Art Project - How to Use the Site
    This short video will introduce you to the features of the Art Project website.


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Kristen Bailey
Macon Library, Office 138
Subjects: History