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    Art History

    • American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915
      This site presents the history of American vernacular painting from the Colonial era until the early 20th century. Includes portraiture, scenes from everyday life and themes (like the taste for European art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries). Also features the works of prominent American artists who lived primarily in Europe, such as Mary Cassatt, or those who traveled widely, such as John Singer Sargent.

    • Art & Architecture Thesaurus On Line
      Covers over 125,000 terms relating to art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and material culture. For each term, a short definition is provided along with a hierarchy of related terms which can be browsed.

    • Art History Resources on the Web
      Christopher Witcombe maintains this fairly comprehensive art history site. Users may search by art period and style, museums and galleries or by prints and photography. The page is international in scope.

    • Art In Context
      Art in Context was established in 1995 to serve the international fine art community and general public by providing an online reference library for the publication and dissemination of information about artists and where to find their work. Note: this source lists recent and past exhibitions for different artists' work.

    • Art on the Net
      Join fellow artists in sharing works together on the Internet. Enjoy visiting artists studios and roaming the gallery.

    • Art Project, powered by Google
      Google has partnered with (for now) 17 of the world's top museums, including the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy; the National Gallery in London; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Visitors may navigate the site by selecting a particular museum from the home page. Additionally, one or more images from each museum may be viewed at an extremely high resolution (between 7 billion and 14 billion pixels), an option that allows viewers to examine texture and see individual brushstrokes. Certain images will be blurred, again at the discretion of each museum and for copyright reasons. Though the images cannot be downloaded, visitors to the site may create their own Artwork Collection by saving a particular view of any of the more than 1,000 images included within the site.

    • Art Through Time: A Global View
      Explores art, culture, and human history and how they impact each other. Visitors interested in viewing the video segments need only find the topic they are interested in, under "Individual Program Descriptions" on the right hand menu, and then click on the box icon with "VoD" under it. Some of the topics include "Converging Cultures", "History and Memory", and "The Urban Experience".

    • Artchive
      Offers access in HTML format to fine art scans, information about artists and excerpts from classic art criticism/theory.

    • Artcyclopedia
      Artcyclopedia provides an index of images and information on some 6,000 artists, with a strong emphasis on U.S. and Western European painters and sculptors. Search for a specific artist or browse by movement, medium, subject or nationality. Go to Picture Search to locate images on the Web.

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      Includes the major 20th century and contemporary visual artists. Search for the artist under the first letter of the artist's last name.

    • ArtSource
      A clearinghouse for Web resources on Art and Architecture.

      Extensive information on 23,000 North American artists.

    • Eternal Egypt
      This site features "high-resolution images, three-dimensional reconstructions of Egyptian monuments and antiquities, as well as virtually-reconstructed environments, panoramic images, and panoramic views of present-day Egypt captured by robotic cameras located from the top of Karnak Temple to the streets of Old Cairo." Access images and information about Egyptian artifacts and architecture using a map, timeline, topics, or related methods. Includes a glossary. Searchable. In English, French, and Arabic. From IBM and the Egyptian government.

    • Inscribing Meaning: Writing + Graphic Systems in African Art
      This site explores the relationships between African art and the communicative powers of language, graphic systems and the written word. Offered by the National Museum of African Art, this exhibit looks at how various writing traditions have communicated a wide range of ideas, such as those regarding religious traditions, cultural activities, and so on. The exhibit is divided into sections titled "Ways of Knowing", "Inscribing the Body", "Sacred Scripts", and "Writing Politics".

    • Mother of All Art and Art History Links Page

    • National Museum of American Illustration
      Includes a virutal tour of the museum which devotes itself to American illustrators who worked during the "Golden Age of American Illustration" (1870-1965). Works by artists such as Rockwell, Wyeth, and Gibson can be viewed.

    • Sculptor.Org: A Comprehensive Resource for Sculptors
      Despite having some broken links, this site is useful for new or accomplished sculptors, and organizations or persons interesting in acquiring materials or sculpture; furthermore, it is the only free "comprehensive" site on sculpture currently available.

    • Smithsonian Archives of American Art
      Contains an impressive array of American art-related materials including images, oral history interviews and exhibits. Especially useful is the “Collections Online” link, which allows users to find complete holdings of selected artists.

    • Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
      A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. Each timeline page includes representative art from the Museum's collection, a chart of time periods, a map of the region, an overview, and a list of key events. Other features include a special topics category and a tutorial for first time users of the site.

    • World Wide Art Resources
      One of the largest and most comprehensive gateways to the arts, including museums, exhibitions, agencies, publications, history, employment and supplies.

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    Art & Social Justice

    • Center for the Study of Political Graphics
      The Center for the Study of Political Graphics collects, preserves, and exhibits posters relating to historical and contemporary movements for social change.

    • Justseeds Artists' Cooperative
      Justseeds Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements. The website is not just a place to shop, but also a destination to find out about current events in radical art and culture. The blog covers political printmaking, socially engaged street art, and culture related to social movements.

    • Graphic Witness
      This website is dedicated to social commentary through graphic imagery by artists working from the turn of the 20th Century to the present, with related bibliographic and biographic data.

    • Art and Social Issues in American Culture
      This website is intended to promote dialogue and learning about art concerned with social commentary. It utilizes works of art from the Columbus Museum of Art.

    • The Art of Democracy
      The Art of Democracy (AOD) is a national coalition of political art exhibitions all taking place in the Fall of 2008 on the dire state of the American Political Scene. The coalition’s mission is to promote the political art of artists and art organizations on a national scale during the critical period leading up to the 2008 United States presidential elections.

    • The Beehive Design Collective
      The work of the Beehive Collective has three major facets: the Hive is appreciated internationally for its educational graphics campaigns, at a regional level for its stone mosaic murals and apprentice program, and locally for its dedication to the revitalization of the old Machias Valley Grange Hall, a landmark building in our small, rural Maine town.

    • Social Justice Printmaking
      A gallery of work by artist Alex Huttinger focusing on issues of social justice and human rights. A self-taught relief printmaker, Huttinger’s work has centered on the accessibility and teaching capabilities of art with an interest in Artes Populares - art of the people.
    • Latin American Graphic Arts
      Contains scanned images of Latin American prints. The site is maintained by Dr. Patricia Frank.

    • Printmaking as Social Force: A Lesson Plan
      This lesson is dedicated to introducing the long historical roots of printmaking as a social force through a study of the history of the Taller de Grafíca Popular (Workshop for Popular Art) during the mid-twentieth century in Mexico.

      The website of the radical British artist Macarenses. He describes the site as “a vehicle for personal expression as I find myself increasingly needing to express my thoughts and emotions about the world. They are my way of protesting about all that is wrong with this world; my primal scream you could call it.”

    • Another Limited Rebellion
      A website founded by artist Noah Scalin in 2001. Inspired by the enduring legacy of punk rock activism, Another Limited Rebellion (ALR) has been committed to the Triple Bottom Line (people, planet & profit) approach to business since its conception.

    • No Caption Needed
      Website for the book No Caption Needed by Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites. The authors describe the book as “arguing against the conventional belief that visual images short-circuit rational deliberation and radical critique.” The book seeks to connect photojournalism to public life.

    • EdChange Social Justice Store
      Online store sponsored by Paul C. Gorski and EdChange. Features gifts, t-shirts, mugs, posters, and other items with peace, equity, social justice, feminist, anti-racist themes. Money raised through the store goes to support EdChange's free multicultural and social justice education resources for teachers and activists.

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