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Art and Architecture Resources

Journal Articles and Other Resources for Art and Architecture

  • Art Abstracts
  • Art Bibliographies Modern Provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, Ph.D. dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year. Entries date back as far as the late 1960s.
  • Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984 An invaluable, in-depth record of contemporary art history, Art Index Retrospective allows users to search 55 years of art journalism at a keystroke. Users can research leading English-language sources, plus others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, users have access to data from important yearbooks and select museum bulletins.
  • ARTstor Digital images and related data. Hundreds of thousands of images for academic use as well as a downloadable image viewer to project your images for class presentations. Click here for ARTstor system requirements.
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • CAMIO RLG's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world. Images, text, and multimedia represent a broad range of works of art from the collections of prominent museums, highlighting the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, covering the complete range of expressive forms.
  • Humanities International Complete
  • Oxford Art Online Covers all aspects of the visual arts: architecture, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and photography. Full text of 34-volume set of the Grove Dictionary of Art as well as the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. 

Websites for Art and Architecture

  • Architecture and building A practical, straightforward gateway to more than 1000 key resources in architecture, intended for academic use and well-maintained.
  • Archives of American Art Part of the Smithsonian, this is a good place for research on American art history.
  • ArtBabble A website created by the Indianapolis Museum of Art that offers videos from sources including the Museum of Modern Art and the PBS Series "Art: 21." These online videos include interviews with artists, profiles of curators, and time-lapse shots of exhibition installations.
  • Artcyclopedia They have indexed 700 leading arts sites, and offer links to works by 7,000 different artists. Links to sites where artists' works can be viewed online. Search by artist, school,work title, or museum.
  • Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online Enormous database of terms that includes brief definitions as well as hierarchical trees.
  • Art Deadlines List An international list of competitions, contests, grants, scholarships, jobs, internships, etc. in the arts.
  • Art History Research Center Well-designed site providing access to a large number and wide variety of links in art history.
  • Art History Resources on the Web A well-established, clear outline and taxonomy, from an art history professor at Sweet Briar College.
  • British Museum Collection Database search
  • CCA Architecture List A Canadian site for architecture on the Internet, with links to meta-sites such as Cyburbia (SUNY Buffalo), free searchable online indexes, and other sites.
  • Cities and Buildings Database Over 7,500 images of architecture and city view from around the world. Part of the University of Washington's digital collections.
  • Coleccion Cisneros For the study of Latin American art, sponsored by the Venezuela-based Fundacion Cisneros, and based primarily on its collections.
  • The Five College Museums/Historic Deerfield Collections A searchable database of the art collections of the Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield. Also see Museums 10, which includes information about materials in the art museums and galleries of the Five Colleges as well as other museums in the area.
  • Great Buildings Online Photographic images, information on architects, and architectural drawings from around the world.
  • Museum of Online Museums Some very useful links to online museums and galleries in one place.
  • Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide Online journal focusing on nineteenth-century visual culture. Spring 2002-present.
  • RIBA British Architectural Library Catalogue Online The online catalog of the Royal Institute of British Architects also indexes over 300 architecture journals.
  • Virtual Library Museums Page Links to websites of museums and online exhibitions all over the world. Provides annotations of each museum and indicates the language used on the museum's website.
  • Voice of the Shuttle: Art History and Architecture Links to art and architecture resources, including image sites, chronological information, and many general sites. Fully searchable. From the University of California/Santa Barbara.
  • Web Gallery of Art "A searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1200-1700), currently containing over 6,500 reproductions. Biographies, commentaries, guided tours are available." Provides good-sized images with detailed file information.

Websites for Artists' Books

  • Artists Books Online Digital repository of metadata, scans, and commentary. Founded in 2004, ABsOnline is an ongoing project hosted at the University of Virginia
  • Journal of Artists Books JAB is published twice a year at the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts.  
  • Umbrella Online An online quarterly covering the arena of artists’ books, art books and other multiple editions, including audio and new media. Umbrella stopped publication in 2008, but all back issues from 1978 through 2008 are available online.
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