Mildred M. Kelley Library and Learning Resources Center
addition to what's on the shelves, the Kelley Library provides a number
of useful databases, as well as assistance in their use. A list of passwords
that allow off-campus access to WilsonWeb, Oxford Reference Online,
BigChalk, Grove Art, and the Multimedia Photo Archive is available from
the main desk. The growing number of VHS and DVD titles on topics relevant
to this class can augment print and database information.
Museum of Art Timeline of Art History
terrific page provides a visual sense of what happened when, and includes
articles and objects from the Museum's vast collection that illustrate
the scope of each art movement since the paleolithic.
of the Western World
This is the online version of the film series available in the Kelley
Library. In order to access the streaming video you simply need to register
(for free) as a student (and have a fast computer connection). Each
segment of the series is about 60 minutes long, but for those of you
who learn better visually than by reading, they could be very helpful.
The Kelley Library video collection also includes many other films on
artists and movements. Check the catalogue or browse through the bins
to locate current holdings. 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, and limits their immediate
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
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. Chris Witcombe keeps the list up to date,
so this is also one of the most reliable links pages on the web.
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.
of Art: From Paleolithic to Contemporary
This good general
history site provides sections on Romanticism, the Pre-Raphaelites,
Realism, Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Symbolism, and Modernism
under "Styles" as well as a whole separate section on the
twentieth century by movement and style. See also the sections on individual
artists, and especially "Explorations," which considers some
important topics in detail. Other sections of the site are equally interesting,
and there's a useful dictionary as well. It's recently undergone a major
overhaul, so some parts may not yet be complete.
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.
Art Made the World
This new PBS television
series (June 2006) is (according to the website) "a
lively and provocative investigation into the far-reaching influence
of art on society." The first episode was generally good, so I
recommend watching it if you can; it's in the Kelley Library. Although
it seems on the surface to concentrate on the origins of art, Nigel
Spivey (the host) makes connections throughout history and does a great
job of making it clear what the old stuff has to do with the new.
Educational, and Text-heavy Sources
These sites offer more
comprehensive information and images, 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 designed.
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.
Museum of Art: Timeline of Art History
The Met's comprehensive
timeline, mentioned above, allows visitors to choose periods and places,
and includes both outlines and specific information about each era.
This may well be the single most valuable art history tool available
on the web today.
for Graphic Design History
From Michael Kroeger's
website, right after a chart on Basic vs Applied Research in Graphic
of Major Critical Theories in the US
Art history "happens"
within a larger cultural context; this chart (also available as a downloadable
.pdf file) provides a handy overview of the critical movements that
have affected the interpretation of art and art history.
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.
Dallas Museum of Art
As an art student,
it's extremely important for you to be familiar with art movements past
and present--in the flesh. I encourage you to visit the DMA at least
once during the quarter, but you really should 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 their website, so if you're
looking for a worthy charity, why not join? (Free admission to special
exhibits and a discount at the bookstore . . . )
Nasher Sculpture Center
The addition of
the Nasher (located next to the DMA in the "Arts District"
of downtown Dallas) has greatly enhanced the ability to experience modern
and contemporary art in our fair city. Several of the artists we will
discuss in this class are represented in the permanent collection.
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,"
cultural critic/architect Witold Rybczynski discusses the design of
the Kimbell and how it relates to the role of the museum in contemporary
culture. If you're interested in reading it, I've got a copy, or you
can check out his book, Looking Around: A Journey Through Architecture,
from the Library.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Modern houses
the area's premier collection of modern art. If you live in the western
half of the Metroplex, try to get to the Modern at least once during
The website for
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).
See my Wunderkammern
page for more information on locating other museums.
A Virtual Art Museum
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. The host server changes
periodically, so if the link doesn't work, just Google "cgfa."
Gallery of Art
site, the Web Gallery also offers multiple examples of artworks created
by artists who worked between 1150 and 1800.
The name's a bit
dopey, but the site is absolutely wonderful. 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.
You do have to put up with annoying ads, but the guy has to support
the site somehow.
This site contains
many features, not the least of which is a Famous
Painting Exhibit indexed 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
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.