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Art and Art History
There are excellent web resources for art and art history research. Many national museums and libraries have online collections. The resources linked below were chosen specifically for excellent visual content, but include only resources in English.
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
- J. Paul Getty Museum
- National Gallery of Art
- The National Portrait Gallery
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- Guggenheim Museum – Online Collections
Excellent resource for the study of international contemporary art and artists.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art -- Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Excellent resource for research on historical periods from ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman, Byzantine, Renaissance, Asian and Central Asian art, 19th Century art movements, fashion, weaponry, and many other topics up to the early 20th century.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art Online Collections
Outstanding online collections from the Met. Categories include: Islamic Art, Decorative Arts, American Painting & Sculpture, European Painting, the Costume Institute, Drawings & Prints, Africa, Oceania & the Americas, Egyptian Art, Musical Instruments, and others.
- Museum of Art & Design (was American Craft Museum) Online Collections
Fantastic resource for the study of American craft and its international influences, including ceramics, textile arts, jewelry, and domestic arts.
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Excellent resource for contemporary art, artists, and thematic exhibits.
- Museum of Modern Art Online Learning
Outstanding resource for research on modern art and its influences worldwide, up to the present.
Excellent resource on contemporary art, artists, and cutting-edge thematic exhibits.
- Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Excellent collection of material about art and artists in the US from multiple national collections housed at the Smithsonian Institute.
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*Recommended in Choice Magazine, published by the American Library Association.