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Library Resource Guide for: VISUAL ART

Selected Internet Resources for Visual Art:

    Art Resources:

  • Art in Context
    Website with information about and images of works by contemporary artists.

  • 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.

  • RI Galleries
    "Rhode Island art gallery guide and listing of fine art galleries in of Rhode Island. These art galleries feature contemporary art, traditional fine art, glass art, prints, sculpture, fine art photography and other types of visual art."

    Smithsonian Institution catalogs including its American Art Inventories.

  • Catalogs:

  • artnet Artist Works Catalogues
    For selected modern and contemporary artists, these online "catalogues" include images, biography, exhibition history, articles, books, reviews, interviews, and more.

  • Dictionaries:

  • Merriam-Webster Online
    Includes audio pronunciation guide for many artists' names.

  • 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 by artists 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.