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Research Guide: General Art Resources

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Articles from almost 600 reference books, covering various subjects.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library [Online Books] (Gale)
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Salem Press History
Includes reference sets Decades: 30's - 90's; The Ancient World, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance, The 17th Century, The 18th Century, The 19th Century, The 20th Century, The Fifties, Seventies and Eighties in America, Notorious Lives, Inventors and Inventions, and Milestone Documents in American History.
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Recommended Books
Title Location Call Number
Art in Time : A World History of Styles and Movements Reference N5303 .A755 2014
Art that Changed the World Reference N5300 .A698 2013
Art History Reference N5300 .S923 2008
The Encyclopedia of Visual Art Reference N31 .E53 1989
Great Artists of the Western World II Reference N40 .G774 1988
History of Art Reference N5300 .J3 1997
The Oxford Companion to Art Reference N33 .O98 1970
St. James Guide to Black Artists Reference  N40 .S78 1997


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General Art Sites

Smarthistory: this website is sponsored by Khan Academy and provides introductory art history information,

The Art Story: a non-profit foundation website for introductory information on modern art

MoMA Learning: essays and information on modern and contemporary art from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City,

Art21: a non-profit website based off an award-winning PBS series that wants to engage and educate new viewers about contemporary visual art,

Virtual Museums Online--take virtual tours of museums around the world

Google Art Project: Walk through museums all around the world (a la google street view), and get incredible close-up detail on the most famous works of art.

Museum of Modern Art: Award-winning web site from the Museum of Modern Art,

Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Smithsonian Institution:

National Gallery of Art: Covers works of art and the artist,

National Portrait Gallery--United States: Hall of Presidents, teaching resources online, biographical information on artists,

National Portrait Gallery--London: Online portraits of historical figures, research publications, access to Heinz Archive and Library,

Tate Gallery: Over 8000 images online. Access to expanded Galleries in Liverpool and St. Ives and Tate Modern. Part of British Art Information Project, which is an initiative to have over 50,000 images online by 2001,

The Louvre, France: Home of Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Mona Lisa",

Uffizi Gallery--Florence, Italy: Botticelli, Caravaggio, Cimabue and more Italian greats,

Galleria dell'Acccademia: Michelangelo's "Statue of David" and "The Prisoners,"

The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia: Home of paintings and sculpture by Raphael, Titian, DaVinci, Michelangelo and others,

Sistine Chapel: Explore Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Ceiling,

History of the World in 100 Objects (British Museum): an online virtual exhibit from the British Museum of 100 objects chosen for their significance to help tell the story of human history,


American Society of Interior Designers:

Interior Design: the magazine's website,

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Last updated: 10/16/17