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Art Images for College Teaching, a royalty-free image exchange resource for the educational community.

National Gallery of Art Fine RealAudio mini-lectures accompany many of the 3,000 + images available at this searchable site.

Smithsonian Institution Connections to the National Museum of American Art (see below), the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Cooper-Hewitt (design), Hirshhorn (modern), African,and the National Portrait Gallery.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Galleria Degli Uffize, an excellent online collection from Florence, Italy. To see enlarged version of paintings; a great deal of free text-based information.

The State Hermitage Museum, showcases the vast collections of the State Museum of Russia, founded by Catherine the Great in 1764.

The Rijksmuseum, from Holland.

Tate Gallery Online The Tate's collections include many famous works from the history of British art as well as international modern art.

Collage, approximately 20,000 items from the collections of the Guildhall Library and the Guildhall Art Gallery of London.

Kyoto National Museum A museum that focuses on early works of art, cultural artifacts, and archaeological finds from Kyoto and from other parts of Japan as well as from East Asia.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Over 60,000 images!!

WebMuseum An exciting page for the visual arts. Check out the "Famous Artworks" links.

Posters American Style The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art has released this marvelous online exhibition.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera This site now contains over 7,000 items printed in the US and in London. Items featured include "a variety of posters, notices, advertisements, proclamations, leaflets, propaganda, manifestos, and business cards," primarily from the nineteenth century.

Artsource Lists for art-historical sites, architecture, and the arts.

MUVA (Virtual Museum of Arts) -- El Pais A fabulous "virtual museum."

Artcyclopedia: the Guide to Museum-Quality Art on the Internet Artcyclopedia allows you to search a number of museums at once and go directly to their holdings on your artist.

Louvre Museum Floor plans and history of the world's most famous art museum, plus a decent collection of images.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Five thousand years of art.

Whitney Museum of American Art Current shows, images from the permanent collection, essays, web art projects.

The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library Browse through over 120 of the 1,100 artworks in the collection, including paintings (an eclectic selection of works by Bellini, Constable, Gainsborough, El Greco, Piero della Francesca, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, among others), sculpture, and decorative arts.

Art Guide The art lover's guide to Britain and Ireland.

Art and Life in Africa, based on the Stanley Collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art

Cities/Buildings Database This site contains a well-organized, straightforward image archive of buildings and architectural features from around the world. The archive is organized by country, city/town, and building/site.

Digital Archive of American Architecture This site, from Boston College, gives a great overview of American architectural history including images ranging from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture University of Wisconsin-Madison Library Director Kenneth Frazier says this site could be the first step toward creating "a virtual encyclopedia of the decorative arts."

Renaissance and Baroque Architecture, prepared by the Digital Image Center at the University of Virginia Library for use in Professor C. W. Westfall's course on Renaissance and Baroque Architecture.

Victoria and Albert Museum Images Online The largest museum of decorative arts in the world has a new look and a new image database containing images of over 2,000 objects.

Van Gogh Museum offers an excellent selection of supporting material not on display anywhere else. Change language option.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Depending on when you visit this site, you'll discover some marvelous gallery explorations.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Generous samplings and descriptions of art.

The World of Escher A nice collection of lithographs and woodcuts from the master of spatial illusion. (Commercial)

Giotto's Frescoes at the Arena Chapel A graphically intensive site celebrating the fourteenth-century frescoes of the Scrovegni Chapel.

asianart.com Exhibitions Art exhibitions from museums and galleries.

Mirrors of the Heart-Mind highlights from the Rezk Collection of Tibetan Art.

China: 5,000 Years Hosted by the Huntington Archive at Ohio State University, this site is an electronic version of the Modern Section of the Guggenheim Exhibition entitled "China: 5,000 Years."

The American Museum of Photography, maintained by William B. Becker, who also serves as the Museum's director. Becker's collection is strongest in the first 75 years of photography, 1839 to World War I, and "includes five thousand individual images, from the earliest daguerreotype portraits through the first practical color photographs."

Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives The gallery features 70 photographs under the headings A New Century, The Great War and the New Era, The Great Depression and the New Deal, A World in Flames (World War II), Postwar America, and Century's End.

California Museum of Photography, from the University of California.

William Gedney Photographs and Writings, with 4900 photographic images, scanned writings, and notebooks, and nine digitized versions of handmade photographic books put together by Gedney himself, the site might be the largest catalog of an individual photographer's life and work available on the Internet today.

Art Studio Chalkboard On drawing, perspective, colors, and painting; from Evansville University.

The Illustrating Traveler, from Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, a look at Adventure and Illustration in North America and the Carribean, 1760-1895.

Krannert Art Museum From the University of Illinois, a great example of what can happen when an art museum is devoted to making itself available to the internet community.

Palmer Museum of Art From the campus of Penn State University. The building itself is worth looking at, but there's a fine collection of online images inside.

Sotheby's Wonderful graphics, auction results, notes on art collecting.


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Updated 22 Dec 2011