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The World Wide Web Virtual Library: History of Art

Research Tools, Directories, etc.

AAT - Art and Architecture Thesaurus Browser from the Getty Vocabulary Program

ArtHist - information and links to research libraries etc. In German, English, French and Italian.

The Artists' Papers Register

Joconde - the French Ministry of Culture's online database featuring works of art from 84 national museums

The Uffizi Library and Nuova Biblioteca Palatina Library catalogues

Inventory Catalogue of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana Drawings Of the 12,000 drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, descriptions for 7,250 drawings are currently available for online searching; images are now accessible for drawings with ND Cat. Nos. 1-4791.

The CODART list of significant collections of Dutch and Flemish art (museums, exhibitions and congresses)

International Directory of Art Libraries

ICONCLASS home page (iconographic classification system)

Conducting Research from the Getty. (includes 19th-Century Photography of Ancient Greece; The Art of David Tudor; The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals; Irresistible Decay: Ruins Reclaimed; Mexico: From Empire to Revolution; Monuments of the Future: Designs by El Lissitzky; Study Images of Tapestries )

Resources in Art History for Graduate Students - A Newsletter of Fellowships and other Opportunities for Art History Graduate Students (revised and updated site)

Sources for the History of Fine Art and Artists (National Register of Archives, UK)

Sources for the study of iconography (from Rutgers)

ULAN - Union List of Artist Names Browser


Researching Your Art Object: Jeffrey Weidman's Research Bibliographies provide a range of useful starting points if you are new to art history research. They can be downloaded as Acrobat PDF files and topics include: Basic Reference Sources; Art Research Methodology, Bibliography, and Historiography; Artists' Biographies, Statements And Writings, Monograms And Signatures, And Directories; Specialized National And Local Resources For Conservation, Appraisals, And Sellings; Art Dictionaries, Manuals, Handbooks, Guides, And Encyclopedias, Including Iconographic; Art Works' Documentation; Specialized Resources For Local And State Artists; Art Serials, Periodicals, Indexes, Abstracts, and Research-In-Progress.

Directories - museums listings, phone books etc.

Antiques World - a guide to UK antiques fairs and markets

Art Guide: a comprehensive Internet guide to the art collections of Great Britain and Ireland

Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (in Italian) - includes listings of exhibitions and events

Portfolioitalia - directory of Italian exhibitions

Index of Art History Departments- international list

Telephone Directories on the Web - useful for contact details of French galleries and Museums etc. This site includes over 150 countries worldwide. Also in German, Spanish, French and Italian.

Last revision July 2006