Art History Chapters

  1. Introduction to Western Art History
  2. Art in the Ancient Middle East to 400 B.C.
  3. Art of the Hebrews and Jews, 2000 B.C. to A.D. 135
  4. Art of the Ancient Greeks, 1200 B.C. to A.D. 146
  5. Art of the Romans, 753 B.C. to A.D. 300
  6. Christian Art in the Roman Empire, 4 B.C. to A.D. 1453
  7. Art in the Early Middle Ages, A.D. 500 to 1000
  8. Art in the High and Later Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
  9. Art of the Renaissance, 1400 to 1648
  10. Art in Early Modern Europe, 1543 to 1815
  11. Art during the Industrial Revolution, 1764 to 1914
  12. Art in the Age of Imperialism and Nationalism, 1810 to 1918
  13. Art during the InterWar Years and World War II, 1917 to 1945
  14. Art during the Early Cold War, 1945 to 1980
  15. Art during the Contemporary Era, 1980 to the Present
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Online Art History Galleries

Websites with collections of images of Western art.

Art in European History: John L. Heinemann's selection of art from the baroque to the modern.

Art Renewal Center: info on man sorts of public domain art.

The Art Story: “exploring modern art in a fresh and clear way.”

Artble: “home of passionate art lovers.”

The Artchive by Mark Harden: large collection of art.

Art Cyclopedia by John Malyon: artists and articles with links to other online galleries.

Art History Resources by Christopher L.C.E.Whitcomb: wide ranging information on art with images.

Art Images for College Teaching: free resource for educators.

Artlex by Michael Delahunt: many definitions related to art with some pictures.

CGFA by Carol Gerten Jackson: many scanned works of art, updated through 2006.

The Famous Artists: family-friendly site with many bios and works.

The J. Paul Getty Museum: offers thousands of works to download under its Open Content program.

Google Arts & Culture: offers virtual visits to museums (unfortunately, allowing museums to stop creating their own tours and guides to collections).

How Art Made the World: episodes from the PBS series on important art.

The Image Project: a WorldImages database from California State University organizing a large collection of images for non-profit educational purposes.

Olga's Gallery by Olga Mataev: large collection of art organized by artist, country, and movement. 

ScholarsResource: large number of images available for purchase, but thumbnails are accessible on the web.

Smarthistory: an art history web-book drawing on various contributors.

Stories in Art, searchable by artist, story, or location.

Web Gallery of Art by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx: a virtual museum with commentaries and biographies.

WebMuseum, Paris by Nicolas Pioch: articles and images of Western Art from Gothic through the 20th Century, as well as Japanese art.


And for some specialized topics:

Art and the Bible: selections of artworks according to Biblical stories.

Male Beauty in Art

Mythical Women Legends in Art and History

The Nude in Art History

Parodies and Variations

People of Color in European Art History

Where is Ariadne?

[Women Artists in History by Wendy Russ: a long list with some links; maintained as a Google cache.]


See also Museum Websites.



Last Updated: 3 September 2016