Art Resources

General and Miscellaneous Art Resources

In addition to its flagship PBS-broadcast series, Art in the Twenty-First Century, Art21 produces short-form documentary series about contemporay art and artists, as well as offering news, a magazine, and materials for educators.
Art & Architecture
There are more than 40,000 images here, and a network of over half a million links. There are amazing and wonderful things to find, and any number of ways of finding them.
ArtCurious Podcast
The unexpected, the slightly odd, and the strangely wonderful in Art History.
News, pictures, videos, galleries, puzzle games, and more.
Annotated links to hundreds of art sites, arranged by subject. Very complete and well-organized.
Art Story
The Art Story aims to sort through all the noise of the art world and shed light on modern and contemporary art.
Google Arts & Culture
A collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries which allows users to tour museums and view works of arts online. Includes a YouTube Channel as well.
Historic Threads
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg house three centuries of historic clothing and accessories. From attending formal balls to getting dressed for bed, the antique clothing in the collection tells the story of daily life. Explore history’s wardrobe in this online exhibit.
Lifehacker: How to Read a Painting
I’ll show you a quick way to approach and appreciate a painting, although the ideas here can be applied to works in other mediums (sculpture, drawing, even architecture and fashion) quite easily.
Luminous: the Art of Asia
Accompanying website to a special exhibition from the Seattle Art Museum.
MoMA: Color Chart : Reinventing Color 1950 To Today
An exhibition from the Museum of Modern Art, looking at the ways in which our perceptions of colors’ emotional and spiritual values have changed since the middle of the 20th century.
Sister Wendy’s American Collection
Tie-in to the PBS series about American art.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim has digitized over 200 art books and made available for free at the Internet Archive


American Institute of Architects
We advocate for the value of architecture and give architects the resources they need to do their best work.
Architect of the Capitol
Images of the U.S. Capitol with explanations of the art and architecture found there.
Architectural Digest
Keep up to date with architecture and design news on Architectural Digest, including profiles on top talent, building announcements and new projects.
Architecture (video)
Architecture Is a Celebration of International Design Talents and Innovative Luxury Homes by Leading Designers and Independent Brands.
Architecture Photography: Beauty of Interior and Exterior Designs
Blog post featuring an array of stunning architectural photographs. Links to the original photos encourage further exploration.
Beyond the Taj: Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia
This digital collection references the canonical works or ‘major moments’ that have come to be regarded as important in the study of South Asian architectural traditions.
Chicago Architecture Center
The Chicago Architecture Center inspires people to discover why design matters. The Online Exhibits section is a great place to explore for those who can’t get to the museum itself.
CNN Style: Architecture
Articles and images about current doings in the field of architecture.
Explore Architecture
From up-to-date material on all aspects of design and construction, through to international architectural history, whatever you want to find out about – find out about it here. With many pictures.
Great Buildings Online
While this hasn’t been updated in several years, there are still hundreds of pages and photographs of noteworthy buildings and models at this site.
Historic American Buildings
Images from the Library of Congress showing achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes…
International Architecture Database
This database for international architecture…. includes information over more than 78000 built and unrealized projects from various architects and planners.
MIT OpenCourseware: Architecture
Archives of graduate and undergraduate courses going back over a decade, available for free.
Most Beautiful Castles Around the World
In this post, we have listed some of the most beautiful castles standing in the world that one must visit during their castles exploration expedition. Includes short descriptions with photographs.
New York Times: Architecture
News about Architecture, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
Skyscraper Page
Images and imformation about thousands of tall buildings worldwide. Architecture
Use these architecture resources to learn more about famous buildings and structures around the world, classic and modern house plans, building a house, famous architects and more.
Vatican: Papal Basilica of Saint Peter
Vatican: Sistine Chapel
Images from the Vatican.

Architecture Software

See also: Graphics Editors for 3D and CAD programs.

Architect Studio 3D online
Starting as real architects do, with a client who has lifestyle preferences and a site that has its own environmental considerations, you will use your imagination to design your own architectural solutions.
AutoDesk Homestyler online
Free interior design software and a selection of floor plans.
Envisioneer Express Win
Specifically designed to introduce clients to the simple creation of floor plans, 3D models, and interior design concepts. Envisioneer Express uses real world objects such as walls, doors, windows and stairs to make creative designs fast and easy.
FreeCAD Win, Mac, Linux
Free modeling software designed to fit a wide range of uses including product design, mechanical engineering and architecture.
Homestyler online
The Homestyler website can help you create your entire house from scratch.
SketchUp Free online
SketchUp Free is the easiest way to draw in 3D, now delivered in a web browser. Draw, orbit, push-pull: make anything you can imagine, however you envision it.

Art History

Art History Resources on the Web
Award-winning site with extensive links to art history pages, covering major historical periods, references resources, museums, and prints and photography.
Art Through Time: A Global View
Art Through Time: A Global View examines themes connecting works of art created around the world in different eras. The thirteen-part series explores diverse cultural perspectives on shared human experiences. Videos, transcripts, and images.
Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to Art of the Ancient World
An interactive journey through the collection of ancient art at The Art Institute of Chicago.
The Costume Gallery
Enormous site hosting over 1000 web pages and 2,500 images of fashion and costume.
The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 – 1920
Over 3,300 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920, illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States.
Getty Research Portal
The Getty Research Portal is an online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts not restricted by copyright. The Portal is comprised of catalog records that link to full, digitized texts held at contributing institutions.
Getty Publications Virtual Library
Hundred of (f)ree digital backlist titles from the Getty Publications Archives on art and art history.
Sign in and explore the great masterpieces of painting up close.transparent 1×1 In extreme high definition. Includes extreme close-ups of The Last Supper and other masterpieces.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
How to Talk About Art History
While most people can “read” movies (that is, can recognize tropes, character clichés and genres), the ability to “read” artworks is not common knowledge like it once was. And it’s a shame, because museums and galleries are much less fun when you don’t really know what you’re looking at.
Illustration History
From the Norman Rockwell Museum, a history of illustration. Includes access by artist, time period, and genre.
Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment and Design
Website to accompany da Vinci exhibition; includes biographical timeline, exerpts from da Vinci’s notebooks, and animations of da Vinci sketches.
MetPublications: Books With Full Text Online
Five decades of Met publications on art history, available to read and/or search for free. Collection includes over 1500 titles from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Painting Pickett’s Charge
Describes the work behind Rothermel’s painting of Pickett’s Charge, and the compromises between accuracy, politics, and composition which the painter made. (New York Times, Nov. 2013)
Seeing Art History (video)
Short videos from a professor of Art History on various art topics from medieval times through the 1800s.
Smarthistory: a multimedia web-book about art and art history
Free online resource organized as a timeline from which you can click through to further information including text, videos, and further images.

Art Practice & Technique

Art Rage – Tutorials
A collection of art tutorials to help beginners just starting off as well as professionals brushing up on their skills.
ArtShow: Art Tutorials
Links to tutorials from various sites for painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and other arts.
The Artist’s Toolkit
Explore the tools that artists use — like line, color, and balance — to build works of art.
Artyfactory offers free art lessons for all. Our aim is to share our knowledge, understanding and experience of art to improve your artistic skills and to increase your enjoyment in creating artworks.
Bob Ross video
Archives of “The Joy of Painting” show by the late Bob Ross.
Color Theory Tutorial
If you are involved in the creation or design of visual documents, an understanding of color will help when incorporating it into your own designs.
Dmitry’s Design Lab
Design essentials as color, fonts, shape, texture, dynamism, the principles of using artwork, photography, and animation, plus some more specific issues such as web site navigation or logo design, are treated in detail and illustrated by case web design projects.
Learn Calligraphy
Detailed steps explain how to use the calligraphy pen, how to write calligraphy letters, how to plan a calligraphy project and how to decorate your calligraphy project.
Learn To Draw
Interactive, easy to follow, lessons featuring Macromedia’s Flash technology makes learning how to draw enjoyable and leisurely.
My French Easel
A blog with art tips for oil, watercolour and pastel.
Pigments Through the Ages
Pigments are the basis of all paints, and have been used for millennia. They are ground colored material. …This exhibit includes most important pigments used through the early 20th century.
This is a portrait art tutorial site, with lessons on sketching and drawing faces, tutorials on digital art, an overview of art and drawing techniques, art supplies, book recommendations, anatomy, and much more.
Teach Yourself Graphic Design
If you would like to learn graphic design from the ground up, through self directed study, then this article lists some great resources that will get you started with your design education. Drawing and Sketching
Pages of information about drawing and sketching techniques, with links to other sites.
Watercolor Online – Articles and Tutorials
Links to articles about some watercolor techniques.
Watercolor Painting Tutorials
Reference materials and tutorials on watercolor painting techniques, materials, and artists.
Whats Its Color: Find the complementary and primary color of any image
An image-color processing utility that will evaluate an image and give you the image’s primary and complementary dominant colors of an image, how many visually unique colors are in an image, and the top ten visually unique colors in an image. Extremely useful when creating any type of designs around an image.


Art Institute of Chicago
This Chicago museum offers access to over 40,000 works in its online collection.
Subtitled The Guide to Museum-Quality Art on the Internet, this site serves as a comprehensive index to the online exhibits of thousands of artists. Search by artist’s name or browse the A to Z listing.
The British Museum
The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors. Find information … gallery guides and teaching resources. Search highlight objects of the collection and view current research projects. A related site is the The British Museum WithGoogle timeline at the Google Cultural Institute.
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Official site of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Corning Museum of Glass
Museum of glass in Corning, New York.
Digital Public Library of America
A single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others.
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Includes a searchable “ImageBase” with over 80,000 pictures.
The Frick Collection
Site of the Frick Museum in Philadelphia.
The Getty
Images from collection and special exhibitions plus a special Getty Education section for students and teachers.
Google Arts & Culture
Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. Includes Google Art Project, Historic Moments, World Wonders, and more, plus associated YouTube channels Google Cultural Institute and Google Arts & Culture.
Guggenheim: Collection Online
Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of more than 7,000 artworks.
Official site of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City’s Metropolitan Museum.
MoMA – Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Museum of Online Museums
The main collection is in the center column, divided into three subsections. On the left you’ll find the five current featured exhibitions. The MoOM is updated continuously with major updates coming once each quarter.
Links to museum websites and virtual exhibits, educational and entertaining games and activities, and extensive learning resources concerning topics typically promoted through art, science and history museums.
National Gallery of Art
Highlights the extensive collections of the national art gallery in Washington, D.C.
National Portrait Gallery (London)
The collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
Public Art Archive
The Public Art Archive™ (PAA™) is a totally free, continually growing, online and mobile database of completed public artworks.
Rijks Studeo
View over 125,000 works of art from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Smithsonian Institution
Sometmes called “The Nation’s Attic” the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. includes a number of museums under its umbrella. Entry points for the various Smithsonian Museums and special collections on display online include:

Vatican Museums
Online access to the Vatican’s famous collection.
Virtual Sistine Chapel
Use your mouse to get a 360-degree view, pan around, and zoom in. (Requires Flash)
Hundreds of online exhibits available for free viewing.
Web Gallery of Art
A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism and Romanticism periods (1100-1850).
Discover the works of Cezanne, Medieval French art, or the Famous Artworks Collection. (Not updated in quite a while but still valuable.)
Yale University Art Gallery
Views of the collection of the Yale Art Museum, plus information about art and art appreciation. You can also search across all Yale’s collections with the Yale Digital Commons page.


12 Elements to Capture That Winning Shot
Tips to remember when going for a great photo.
Basics of Photography
The basics of photography, from the way your camera works to composing your photos to editing them in post. Here’s the complete guide, along with a PDF of all the lessons and some additional resources fo learning more. (Lifehacker, 2011)
Digital Camera Reviews
Unbiased digital camera reviews, advice, and prices. Includes a section with guides and tutorials as well.
Creative Live: Beginner Photography Fundamentals (video)
Creative Live: Photography Quick Tips and Master Lessons (video)
Video lessons for budding photographers.
Digital Photography Magazine
News, reviews, and articles relating to digital photography.
Digital Photography School
Simple tips to help digital camera owners get the most out of their cameras.
Focus on Photography
A great photography reference tool. Inlcudes basics of photography, lighting, cameras, and more.
George Eastman Museum
The photography collection at the George Eastman Museum, among the oldest and best in the world, comprises more than 400,000 photographic objects dating from the introduction of the medium in 1839 through to the present day.
Getting Started in Digital Photography
Here’s how to choose a camera and an image editor, along with important tips to help you begin taking great photos. (PC World, 2010)
JPG Magazine
Online version of bi-monthly digital photography magazine.
Lectures on Digital Photography
Free materials from a popular online course.
Lifehacker: Photography
Tiips, tricks, photos, videos & more for photographers.
Lens: New York Times Photojournalism Blog
Features regular articles about Photography, Video and Visual Journalism.
MakeUseOf: A Beginner’s Guide to Digital Photography
Despite the simplicity of the digital photography process (point, shoot, repeat), some beginners might find the world of digital photography to be intimidating. … And we’re here to give you the answers you need. We’ll start with the basics and go from there. Let’s dive into digital photography!
Mastering Your Camera’s Many Exposure Modes
Let’s look at the most common exposure modes in popular cameras and talk about why you would use each one.
National Geographic: Digital Photography Tips
Get digital photography tips from photographers Rob Sheppard and Bob Martin in this photo field guide from National Geographic.
National Geographic: Photography
View articles with photographs or click straight through to the photo galleries for stunning images from National Geographic.
Good site about all aspects of photography, including a very nice tutorial on Photography Tips and Techniques.
Popular Phototography
Browse a variety of photography resources, from camera reviews to photo tips. Plus galleries, blogs, contests, and more.
The Sony World Photography Awards
From exhilarating sport to glamorous fashion, candid documentary, captivating landscapes, people, places, trends and imaginations – this awards programme unveils stories seen and told by people from across the globe.
The Spruce: Photography
Discover everything you need to know about photography, from famous photographers to types of cameras to photography lighting and equipment.
Top 10 Digital Photography Mistakes
There are certain photography problems and mistakes that commonly occur for new photographers as well as the more experienced.The good news is that many of these mistakes are easily corrected with a bit of know how.
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