9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
General Resources: Arts, Fine and Decorative
Art History Resources on the Web
Maintained by Dr. Christopher L.C.E. Whitcombe, Professor of Art
History, Sweet Briar College, Virginia. Exhaustive site provides
links to resources in all areas of art history organized geographically
and by time period. Also includes listings of museums and galleries
organized by country.
Librarians’ Internet Index
Comprehensive Website provides links chosen and maintained by librarians.
Organized by topics including art and architecture.
The Library of Congress Learning Page: Internet Resources, Art
Listing of Websites geared towards students, teachers, and parents.
Mother of All Art and Art History Links Page
Sponsored by the School of Art and Design at the University of
Michigan. Provides links to websites devoted to all areas of art
and art history.
VoS – Voice of the Shuttle
Database maintained by University of California organizes Websites
in the humanities. Art-related categories include Art
and Art (Modern
World Wide Arts Resources
Site arranges links by broad subject category (e.g. museums, galleries,
art schools, dance, cinema), with a keyword search feature.
The World Wide Web Virtual Library: History of Art
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 and
features many links to arts resources and institutions including
Zeroland is a directory of websites organized under a broad range
of categories. Topics are indexed alphabetically by subject, genre,
period, name, or country. They also maintain a listing of art
ezines and journals.
to Finding Images on the World Wide Web
A guide to digital image formats, search tools and strategies,
legal issues, and related information. Maintained by reference
librarian Heidi Abbey of the Pennsylvania State University library
Réunion des Musées
Nationaux Agence Photgraphique
Photographs of works of art collected in the national and regional
museums of France, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, and
the decorative arts.
Created and maintained by California State University. Searchable
database contains almost 50,000 art and archaeological images from
around the world. Useful for searching by subject matter and theme.
AskART is an online database containing information on American
artists, art styles, research topics as well as auction results
and art prices.
The Online Books Page: Art
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books
that are freely readable over the Internet. Digitized books are
browseable by Library of Congress Call Numbers and Subject Headings.
Art theft information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Folk Art Society of America
Official website with information about the society, an events
by state, links to other
folk art sites, and other features.
The American Institute for
Conservation of Historic & Artistic
Official website for the "professional membership organization
for conservators," with information about the institute and
its various speciality groups,
links to online
publications, and other features.
Invaluable lists over 4,000,000 unedited entries from public auction
records since 1987. A typical entry lists the date of sale, the
auctioneer, the lot number, the low and high estimates, the actual
selling price, and the complete auction catalog description. Although
ArtFact includes records for the fine arts, antiques, collectibles,
and jewelry from auction catalogs around the world, the primary
emphasis is art and decorative art produced in the U.S. and to
some extent in Britain. Searching of the indexes is free but requires
user registration; a fee is charged for access to full-text information.