About This Search


Selected Internet Resources for History of Art and Architecture:

    Architecture Resources:

  • Archinform
    "This database includes information over more than 27500 built and unrealized projects from various architects and planners. The architecture of the 20th century is the main theme of this database."

  • Emporis
    " is the world's largest free-to-use website about buildings. Professionals and people with an interest in structures can find buildings, developments, and photos in thousands of cities worldwide."

  • Great Buildings Collection
    "Welcome to GreatBuildings, presenting 1000 classics of world architecture, and hundreds of their great designers, in the leading general architecture reference site online." Includes plans!

  • National Register of Historic Places
    Includes many digitized versions of National Register registration forms.

  • Structurae
    Database of engineering structures worldwide.

  • Art Resources:

  • Art in Context
    Contemporary art database.

  • Artcyclopedia
    The Artcyclopedia is a publicly available index of online museums and image archives: find where the works of over 8000 different fine artists can be viewed online.

  • Artnet
    Database for the contemporary art market.

  • AskART
    Database for the contemporary art market.

  • Library of Congress American Memory Page
    Library of Congress image collections, including historical photographs, advertisements and architecture.

  • Perseus
    Resource for ancient Greek art and architecture.

    Smithsonian Institution catalogs including its American Art Inventories.

  • Museum Collections:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Excellent, comprehensive website of the Met collections, including information about each work of art.

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Very complete website of the museum collections.

  • National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
    Comprehensive website of the museum collections, including images and information.

  • National Gallery, London
    Includes complete list of paintings for each artist in the collection.

  • Réunion des Musées
    Website of works of art in French collections. Although an English version is available, searches must be made in French.

  • RISD Museum
    The online collection is not complete but is a good starting point.

  • Tate Collection
    Comprehensive website of the Tate collections with some historical information.

  • Photographic site:

  • Library of Congress on Flickr
    Many copyright free images related to American history.

  • Life Magazine Photo Archive
    Archive of images from the premiere American popular magazine of the 20th century.

  • Photographic Libraries Index
    Presents links to many, varied photographic websites, some including public domain images.

  • Shorpy
    Fascinating blog about historical photographs with fantastic, high resolution images.

  • Smithsonian Photographic Portraits of American Artists
    4700 digital images of American artists' portraits.

  • Rhode Island Resources:

  • Art in Ruins
    A website about Rhode Island's historical architecture, contributed to by locals. Often includes obscure buildings and sites and quirky information.

    Another locally produced site about Rhode Island in general, which can include information about specific buildings.