9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
Arts, Fine and Decorative: Museums
National Gallery of Art
The collection of
the National Gallery of Art can be searched by artist, title and
addition, there are extensive online
special features, and teaching
Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian’s website allows access to the resources
of the Archives of American Art with
its catalog, finding aids, and digitized collections, as well as
Research Information System (SIRIS) which includes
a number of specialized art databases. The Smithsonian’s
American Art Museum also maintains a guide, Researching
Your Art, with tips
and resources for learning about antiques and collectibles.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York’s Metropolitan Museum contains one of the largest
and most comprehensive collections in the world. The Met’s
website allows access to about 6,500 objects from its collection,
of Art History,
and a listing
of online resources.
Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
Located in Wilmington, Delaware, the Winterthur estate includes
and a research
The website for the J. Paul Getty Museum on Los Angeles includes
List of Artist Names,
a database of preferred and variant names, biographical information
and bibliographic citations relating to artists and architects.
Provenance Index® Databases indexes transcriptions
of material from auction catalogs and archival inventories of western
European works of art. Their guide to conducting
art and architecture research includes a section of "Selected
Public Web Sites" providing links to general art
resources, art history and architecture, and design.
from the Collection" the museum’s
collection is organized into a number of categories including artist,
concept, and date with accompanying
historical information and a glossary.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA)
The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world.
From the collections
users can learn about art from different areas of the world and
over 300,000 works from the MFA’s collection.
Victoria and Albert Museum
This London museum is recognized as one of the premier collections of decorative
arts. The website includes information about current
resources, and exemplary collections.
The Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums
Website for "an organization of people who bring history to life” through
living exhibits devoted to rural life and culture.
Catalogue for Art History (Virtueller Katalog
European-based catalog allowing access to the records of art museum
libraries and cultural institutions around the world. Available in
English, German, French, and Italian.