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Art websites - Architecture to Exhibition Venues

This is a selective list of art resources on the web. It is divided into different topics; websites in each topic are listed in alphabetical order.

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AHF - The Architectural Heritage Fund

Architectural Heritage Web Pages - the site of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)

ArchNet - an international forum for architects, planners, and conservationists, with a focus on Muslim cultures and civilisations

The DiCamillo Companion to British and Irish Country Houses

The Great Buildings Collection - over 800 buildings listed and illustrated with photographic images, architectural drawings, discussion, bibliography, architect info, and live 3D walkthrough computer models.

Islamic Architecture

Thais-40 Centuries of Architecture (Egyptian, Greek, Islamic, Romanesque architecture -each section searchable by locality, subject or period)

Art history associations

ARIAH - Association of Research Institutes in Art History

Association of Art Historians - with news and issues, conferences and calls for papers, publications, jobs and services, resources (with links to other sites), and the Artists' Papers Register (an AAH supported resource for archival materials).

CHArt - the website of Computers and the History of Art, a society open to all who have an interest in the application of computers to the study of art and design.

CODART Dutch and Flemish art in Museums - includes a list of museums by country, directories of museums, calendar of exhibitions and conferences, information on CODART events, and special pages

ICOM -The International Council of Museums

ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments and Sites - an international non-governmental organization of professionals, dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. Includes information about the council, its membership, activities and publications and also links to other www resources.

Art history Institutes

Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA)

Courtauld Institute of Art

Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte

Dutch University Institute for Art History (Florence)

Fondation Custodia

The Getty Research Institute

Institut national d'histoire de l'art

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München

Art history resources

Art History resources on the web - Prehistoric, Ancient Egypt & Near East, Ancient Greece & Rome, Middle Ages, 15th - 16th-century Renaissance, 17th - 20th century, Non-European, Prints & Photography, Museums & Galleries, Research Resources.

The World Wide Web Virtual Library: History of Art - a site sponsored by CHArt (Computers and the History of Art)

Art libraries and art librarianship

Art history libraries in London - providing information about location, access and opening times, and outlining the strengths of each collection.

The National Art Library - a major reference library and the Victoria & Albert Museum's curatorial department for the art, craft and design of the book.

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art - the library covers British painting, sculpture, drawing and architecture from the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

Research at the Getty - the website of the Getty Research Institute.

The RIBA British Architectural Library - The Library of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is the largest and most comprehensive resource in the United Kingdom for research and information on all aspects of architecture.

The Royal Academy of Arts Library - one of the country's principal reference sources on the history of British art, the history of the Royal Academy, its exhibitions, and its past and present members

University of the Arts London, Library and Learning Resources - incorporates the libraries of Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, and Wimbledon College of Art

The Warburg Institute Library - includes important collections on art history and archaeology

Westminster Libraries

The Yale Center for British Art Reference Library

Art library associations

ARLIS ANZ - the Art Libraries Society of Australia & New Zealand

ARLIS NA - the Art Libraries Society of North America

IFLA Art Libraries Section

Art newspapers & journals


The Art Bulletin

The Art Newspaper

The Burlington Magazine

In Situ: revue des patrimoines

JHNA - Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art

London Art

Revista de História da Arte e Arqueologia

Revue de l’art

La Tribune de l'Art

Artists' websites

The William Blake Archive

Eugène Carrière

Georges De la Tour

Paul Delvaux Foundation



Mark Rothko

Rubens Online


Auctions and sales



La Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot - a weekly review with information on auctions and exhibitions in France and worldwide. Includes Catalogues On line: le catalogue des catalogues ds ventes aux enchères a database which provides access to a selection of recent sale catalogues and auction results.



Libro Co. Italia

Hatje Cantz Verlag

Libreria Bocca

Michael Shamansky, Bookseller Inc - a comprehensive source of exhibition catalogues and art books from or about Italy. It also features a large selection of titles from European and American publishers related to other art-historical topics.


Catalogues of works of art

The Index of Christian Art - a database of medieval art with full-text records for over 23,000 works of art dating from early apostolic times to A.D. 1400. (Available on a subscription basis).

Joconde:Catalogue des collections des Musées de France - a database of 347,000 works of art in 70 museums in France.

Cultural associations

The National Trust - National Trust properties are searchable through an alphabetical index, by area, county, name, or theme.


The Art and Architecture Thesaurus - a structured vocabulary containing around 125,000 terms which may be used to describe art, architecture, decorative arts, material culture, and archival materials. Its coverage ranges from Antiquity to the present.

ArtLex - an art dictionary with definitions of more than 3,300 terms, images, quotations, and links to other resources on the Web.

Dictionary of Art Historians - a Biographical Dictionary of Historic Scholars, Museum Professionals, and Academic Historians of Art.

Oxford Art Online (including "The Grove Dictionary of Art") - a comprehensive reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts from prehistory to the present, onsite only.

The Urban Conservation Glossary (by Neil Grieve) -provides definitions of terms related to the built environment. There are numerous accompanying illustrations and links to related sites.

Directories of art libraries

International Directory of Art Libraries of the IFLA Section of Art Libraries

Exhibition listings

Art Monthly

Exhibition venues

Barbican Art Gallery

Chiostro del Bramante (Rome)

Fundación Juan March (Madrid)

Fondazione Roma Museo

Hayward Gallery

Jeu de Paume

Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (München)

Kunsthal Rotterdam

Musée du Luxembourg (Paris)

Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels)

Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome)

Palazzo ducale (Genoa)

Palazzo Grassi (Venice)

Palazzo reale (Milan)

Palazzo Ruspoli (Rome)

Palazzo Strozzi (Florence)

La Pinacothèque de Paris

Royal Academy of Arts

Scuderie del Quirinale (Rome)

Serpentine Gallery

Whitechapel Art Gallery

Art websites Exhibitions to Publishers