David & Lorraine Cheng Library

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Art Resources

The Art History Research Centre
The AHRC is the first and foremost tool for art historical research on the internet. It shares key resources and methods of online research so that art historians can find the resources relevant to their work.
http://art-history.concordia.ca/AHRC/
Artsource
A highly selective clearinghouse for resources on art and architecture compiled by librarians, artists, and historians. Links to many art sources around the web.
http://www.ilpi.com/artsource/welcome.html
ARTstor
A high-quality digital image library, ARTstor contains approximately 300,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's special software and search interface permits zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline. Several browse and search options are also available. The collections now available online include:
  • Art History Survey Collection - about 4,000 images of key monuments, defined by a concordance of ten standard art history survey texts
  • Carnegie Arts of the United States Collection - about 4,500 images of canonic works of American art and architecture
  • Huntington Archive of Asian Art - about 12,000 images of Asian art, curated by the art historians John and Susan Huntington and derived largely from the photo archive they have created at Ohio State University.
  • The Illustrated Bartsch - about 57,000 images of Old Master European prints (engravings, etchings, woodcuts, etc.) from the 15th to the 19th Century, embodying the work of hundreds of printmakers derived from one of the great art reference publications of the past quarter century
  • Image Gallery - a collection of over 200,000 images made from slides created in response to fairly representative teaching needs in the arts, humanities and social sciences; a basic resource for art survey courses
  • Mellon International Dunhuang Archive - high-quality digital images of the Buddhist cave grottoes in Dunhuang, China and associated objects now physically located in collections worldwide
  • Museum of Modern Art Architecture and Design Collection - about 8,000 images of approximately 6,200 design objects and drawings from the Department of Architecture and Design of The Museum of Modern Art in New York
Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
The Grove Dictionary of Art is now part of Oxford Art Online
The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts from prehistory to the 1990s. The Grove Dictionary of Art features 41,000 articles on the art and culture of Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Pacific, with links to images and further information in museum and other art-related web sites. The database also provides the full-text content of the Oxford Companion to Western Art (over 2,600 entries covering over 1,700 artists and their work), the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (over 600 articles surveying the major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts), and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (1,800 entries on art terms, critical periods, and styles in the visual arts). Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
National Gallery of Art: The Collection
The National Gallery of Art houses one of the finest collections in the world illustrating major achievements in painting, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present. Search the collection by specific artist, title, or a combination of criteria.
http://www.nga.gov/collection/
National Gallery of Art: Index of American Design
The Index of American Design consists of approximately 17,000 watercolor renderings of American decorative arts objects from the colonial period through the nineteenth century. Produced between 1935 and 1942, this visual archive reflects the expanding interest in American material culture that began to emerge at that time.
http://www.nga.gov/collection/gallery/iad.htm
New York Public Library Picture Collection Online
The Picture Collection Online is an image resource site for those who seek knowledge and inspiration from visual materials. It is a collection of 30,000 digitized, public domain images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923. It consists of images of New York City, Costume, Design, American History and other subjects. Easy to search and browse.
http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/
Oxford Art Online
The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts from prehistory to the 1990s. The Grove Dictionary of Art features 41,000 articles on the art and culture of Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Pacific, with links to images and further information in museum and other art-related web sites. The database also provides the full-text content of the Oxford Companion to Western Art (over 2,600 entries covering over 1,700 artists and their work), the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (over 600 articles surveying the major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts), and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (1,800 entries on art terms, critical periods, and styles in the visual arts). Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
Researching Your Art Object
Excellent source for annotated bibliographies on art research methods, historiography, and general art reference books. This site will provide you with lists of best books to consult as you develop a research topic and gather information to write your research paper.
http://www.ilpi.com/artsource/weidman.html
The Web Museum
An online gallery of many of the most famous paintings.
http://www.ibiblio.org/louvre/

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Compiled by S. Sabatino
Library Liaison to the Art Department
Last Updated: October 9, 2006