sites that offer information on the history of art and design--as well as
images--exist on the web. The following list is not by any means exhaustive,
but I have selected them because of the quality of information and/or images
they provide. Please let me know if any of the links don't work. Do please
remember that your first source of information should always be the Mildred
Kelley Library--which is accessible through an icon on every computer in the
These links are divided
into the following categories:
Educational, and Text-heavy Sites
and Museum-based Resources
Mildred M. Kelley Library and Learning Resources Center
Library provides a number of useful databases, as well as assistance in their
use and most of these are available through the library link on the student portal. Even though the library is being physically downsized, many new resources are becoming available online; the new Voyager search engine will help you locate materials.
video collection also includes many films on artists, periods, and movements.
Check the catalogue, using the movement or artist you're interested in as
the keyword. As a courtesy to your fellow students, please try to view videos
and DVDs in the Library; taking them home to watch increases the chances of
their being lost.
This is a
new multi-media web page designed by art historians for instructors, students,
and scholars. It's relatively easy to use, and divided by period. Using it
can enlarge your study of art history because the material is solid and presented
through text, video, and sound. There's also a blog.
of the Western World
The online version of the VHS film series available in the Kelley Library.
In order to access the streaming video you simply need to register as a student
(and have a fast computer connection). Each segment of the series is about
30 minutes long, and each videotape includes two related parts. For those of you who learn better visually than by reading,
these could be very helpful.
Art Through Time: A Global View
Another Annenberg Foundation video series, Art Through Time is arranged topically, and features images and artifacts from all over the world and from different periods throughout history. Each segment is only 30 minutes long, divided into short examples. The episode on Writing includes some information on illuminated manuscripts.
History Resources on the Web
This may well be the mother
of all art history sites (even though there is a site called "The Mother
of Art History Links" or some such) because of the sheer number of links.
Witcombe is not only responsible
for the links page, but he's written several highly useful articles--and his
advice is impeccable.
of All Art History Links Pages
I don't use this as frequently
as I use Chris Witcombe's site, but it's from the University of Michigan and
entirely reliable. It's actually focused more on resources for instructors
and grad students, it seems, than the average two-course art history student;
but it adds some material to that included elsewhere on my lists.
Wide Web Virtual Library: History of Art
The concept of the design
school first arose in Great Britain, so it should not be surprising that many
fine sites are available from across the pond. This particular site, from
Birkbeck College of the University of London, says this about itself: "The
History of Art Virtual Library is a collection of links relating to Art History
and computer applications in Art History. The site is sponsored by CHArt,
the Computers and History of Art Group. This site is aimed at everybody interested
in art, but it has a special focus on the academic study of Art History."
This site not only features
images, timelines, and information, but also has some cool puzzles for when
you start to think that art history isn't really fun. The magazine is in Italian,
and it requires registration, but the contents are worth it.
Historians' Guide to the Movies
This site is almost too
much fun. It includes a list of movies that deal in one way or another with
art history, complete with comments.
of the Shuttle
An exhaustive list of
links is included here; go to the home page for more links on other topics
related to art and art history.
The Perseus Digital Library
The hub of information on Classical art, architecture, and literature. This site frequently takes some time to load because it's used by so many students.
Art Made the World
This newish PBS television
series (June 2006) is (according to the website) "a
lively and provocative investigation into the far-reaching influence of art
on society." I highly recommend it, despite Nigel Spivey's rather breathless
presentation. It poses some good questions and offers solid evidence for the
conclusions arrived at in the series. It's in the Kelley Library. Although
it seems on the surface to concentrate on the origins of art, Spivey makes
connections throughout history and does a great job of making it clear what
the old stuff has to do with the new. We have the complete videos in the Kelley Library.
A number of superb websites are emerging that deal much more extensively with several important topics than we have time for in class, so I've added this section in order to include them.
Arrow in the Eye: Psychology of Perspective and Renaissance Art (Web Exhibits), an online book by Michael Kubovy and Christopher Tyler. The 15th century saw the invention of a radically new technology that changed the Western understanding of aesthetics forever: linear perspective. This comprehensive exhibit covers the history of perspective in more detail than either I nor the textbook could even approach.
Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
The Met's comprehensive
timeline allows visitors to choose periods and places, and includes both outlines
and specific information about each era. Several good essays offer support
to material discussed in this class.
of Art History BC/BCE and Timelines
of Art History AD/CE
These helpful overviews
of world art break periods down into smaller units when you click on the "moment"
you're interested in.
EDUCATIONAL, & TEXT-HEAVY SITES These sites
offer more comprehensive information timages, although they may provide links
to good image sites.
Design, and Visual Thinking
is Professor Charlotte Jirousek's site from College of Human Ecology at Cornell
University. See her interactive textbook for excellent outline of the history
of design, with solid information and good images. The site may look a bit
out of date, but it's been up for even longer than Owldroppings has, and it
offers valuable information on topics that don't change content frequently.
History: A Preliminary Handbook
If you know nothing
at all about studying art history, start here. This site offers comprehensive,
seriously helpful information--including tips on how to write about art history.
Design Lectures from Parkland College
A series of Flash slides
that outline the history of graphic design. Although I disagree with some
of the content (the assumption in the first lecture, for example, that cave
paintings were not created for artistic purposes--since we can't know this)
the author pretty much follows Meggs, and the presentation is clean and nicely
Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
This site is designed
primarily for area teachers in elementary and secondary schools, but many
of the articles featured in the newsletters, as well as some of the links,
are relevant to college-level students.
I just located this site
(October 09), and it provides some nice images and discussion of the craft/art
conjunction. The focus tends to be on the East (as in East Asia, South Asia,
and the Middle East), but since this is where many textile developments originated,
it makes a great deal of sense. The "Textile History" page is especially
Dallas Museum of Art
You are not required to
attend the optional DMA field trip, but I encourage you to look at their website
and to take the DartRail train down to visit as often as you have free time.
The more exposure you have to works of art, the better you will be able to
understand the concepts we explore in class. Don't forget that membership
dollars go toward "bells and whistles" like this website, so if
you're looking for a worthy charity, why not join? (Free admission to special
exhibits and a discount at the bookstore . . . ) Unfortunatley, the collection
search engine is difficult, if not impossible to use, so (for the time being,
anyway) use the home page as an information center for when you want to visit. The Crow
Collection of Asian Art is right across the street, and is free--so
plan to visit it as well.
Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth enjoys a wealth
of museums, but this is the area's crown jewel. They have a particularly well-designed
web page, and the museum itself is well worth a trip to Cow Town. In his essay,
"Art Inside the Walls," (which you will read for your museum critique
assignment), cultural critic/architect Witold Rybczynski discusses the design
of the Kimbell and how it relates to the role of the museum in contemporary
Metropolitan Museum of Art
This nation's premier
art museum, the Met (in New York City) provides some of the best instructional
materials available on the Web.
The Heilbrunn Timeline
of Art History may well be the most useful tool in existence for art and
design history students. A new feature, Met Publications, makes the museum's exhibit catalogues available either in preview form (for those still in print) or in downloadable .pdf for out-of-print works. You might also want to browse through the Galleries section to see what the museum has to offer. For fashion designers, don't miss The
Costume Institute pages. The Collections page provides highlights and a search engine. MetMedia provides videos and podcasts on a wide variety of subjects.
National Gallery of Art
This is one of the national
treasures of the United States. I will frequently link relevant exhibitions
to appropriate points on the Schedule, but it's also instructive simply to
browse through the Collection. Of particular interest to my students is the Index
of American Design, which features items from the permanent collection
in fashion, textiles, pottery, and folk art. Consult the exhibitions
page to explore timely topics, as well as current and past exhibits that
can shed light on projects for this class.
This museum at Emory University
features a variety of works from many cultures, with explanatory notes on
the pieces (both from the Carlos permanent collection and those on loan).
British Museum Online
The premier museum in
the world (I'm not the only one who thinks so), offers excellent online resources
for students. It includes items of special interest from the museum's vast
collections, as well as tours and other special features for students of all
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Penn is where I got most
of my training, especially in archaeology. I spent many long hours using the
collections of this museum to further my understanding of art and design history,
never dreaming that one day I'd be able to make virtual visits despite having
See the Wunderkammern page for more on locating other museums.
A Virtual Art Museum
Carol Gerten-Jackson has
compiled an almost unbelievable number of excellent image scans from all areas
of art history. Whenever you find it necessary to conduct research on a particular
artist, start here. Note: CGFA changes servers frequently and usually includes
several mirror sites. If you can't access it at this link, type "CGFA"
into a search window and you can locate the lates index.
Gallery of Art
Another extensive site,
the Web Gallery also offers multiple examples of artworks created by artists
who worked between 1150 and 1800, along with biographies and details of individual images.
The name's a bit dopey,
but the site is useful. It's a shame that Harden has to depend on ads, but once you get through them, the information is valuable. Click on the "Artchive" icon
for a list of artists and movements, but don't ignore the other pages. Take
special note of the "Theory and Criticism" page for analysis and
commentary on artists and exhibits, and the "Galleries" section,
which features special exhibits such as "1925: The Year in Review"
and "The First Impressionist Exhibition." The Image Viewer feature
allows you to view most images in great detail.
This site contains many
features, not the least of which is a Famous
Painting Exhibitindexed both by theme (era or movement) and by artist.
But check out the special exhibits, which include one on Cézanne and one on
the Très riches heures of the Duc de Berry. Consult the glossary
of painting styles when you run across a term you don't understand
(and then go look it up in the Dictionary of Art in the Kelley Library).
Art Images for College Teaching
This isn't as easy to use as it once was, but the author has collected a large number of images (both his own and from contributers) on a wide range of art historical topics. The images are licenced for non-commercial use.
York Public Library Digital Gallery
Brand new on the web (as
of March 2005), this resource looks promising for a number of specific topics.
Please let me know how you use it, and what you think.
Along with Wikimedia Commons, WikiPaintings is becoming one of my favorite sites for images. This is a visual version of the encyclopedia, with many useful features.