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History of Art: Web Resources

Library subject guide for History of Art


Useful Web Resources

Art UK

Art UK is a cultural education charity with the mission to make the art in UK public collections accessible for enjoyment, learning and research.

Art UK brings together the nation's art on one platform. It hosts digitised artworks, tells the stories behind the art and creates opportunities for public interaction with art.


Europeana provides digital access to European cultural heritage material to inspire and inform fresh perspectives and open conversations about our history and culture. Europeana provides access to millions of cultural heritage items from institutions across Europe. Discover artworks, books, music, and videos on art, newspapers, archaeology, fashion, science, sport, and much more.

Asia Art Archive

Asia Art Archive has one of the most valuable growing collections of material on the recent history of art from Asia, freely available from our website and onsite library. The collection comprises a vast range of documentation, including the personal archives of significant artists, educators, and art professionals as well as key exhibitions and art spaces.
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Cameo Art Materials Database

The Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online (CAMEO) is a database that compiles, defines, and disseminates technical information on the distinct collection of terms, materials, and techniques used in the fields of art conservation and historic preservation. First developed as a materials database in 1997 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston it has expanded with the cooperation of multiple institutions to include several reference collections. 

Getty Research Portal

The Getty Research Portal™ is a free online search platform providing worldwide access to an extensive collection of digitized art history texts from a range of institutions. 

Art & Architecture Thesaurus® Online

The Art & Architecture Thesaurus ® (AAT), is a structured resource that can be used to improve access to information for art, architecture, and other material culture.

Union List of Artist Names® Online

The Union List of Artist Names ® (ULAN) is a structured resource that can be used to improve access to information about art, architecture, and other material culture through an authoratative metadata set of artists' names

The Getty Vocabularies are intended to provide terminology and other information about the objects, artists, concepts, and places important to various disciplines that specialize in art, architecture, and other material culture.

Cultural Objects Name Authority® Online

CONA compiles titles, attributions, depicted subjects, and other metadata about works of art, architecture, and cultural heritage, both extant and historical, physical and conceptual.
CONA also integrates the Iconocraphical Authority Records, which he scope of IA includes proper names and other information for named events, themes and narratives from religion/mythology, legendary and fictional characters, themes from literature, works of literature and performing arts, and legendary and fictional places. IA includes proper names not covered by the other Getty Vocabularies