Art History

Guide to web sites devoted to specific artistic movements or general art history. Click on names of sites to visit respective web sites. For more information on adding your website to this page, click here.

The Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin
“… the research and presentation of the history and impact of the Bauhaus (1919-1933), the most important school of architecture, design, and art of the 20th century… the most complete existing collection focused on the history of the school and all aspects of its work … housed in a building drafted by Walter Gropius, the founder of the school.”

Artists of Brücke
Works from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with information on the movement and the artists.

Artcyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine – Guide to museum-quality fine art on the Internet, indexing artists represented at over a thousand arts sites, offering over 32,000 links to an estimated 100,000 works. Majority of fine artists in database are painters or sculptors. Primarily geared to searches by artists names rather than movements.

Art History pages – “Learn about the artists and art periods of the past (from Ancient Egyptian, Minoan and Greek art to Renaissance, Impressionism and Cubism), important figures, dates, events and put it all together with timelines and images. Also, take a free online art appreciation course.”

Mark Harden’s Artchive
Web site is split into several sections: The Artchive (fine art scans), Glyphs Art Reviews (links to art exhibit reviews written by Mark Harden for Glyphs online magazine), The Galleries (online exhibitions), Theory and Criticism, Juxtapositions (art forum), Art CD-ROM Reviews, Art Links.

WebMuseum, Paris
‘Artists Index’ presents alphabetical list of artists with links to info and gallery on each. ‘Famous Paintings Exhibition’ presents list of movements with links to info on those movements.

Impressionism: Paintings collected by European Museums
Web site set up to accompany exhibition co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Denver Art Museum, in 1999. Site features ‘Experience Impressionism’ section: a fun guided tour through turn of the century France exploring the that defined Impressionism, and 8 downloadable teacher lessons on Impressionism.
The story of Impressionism, artist galleries, info on where to see original works of the Impressionists in museums around the world, recommended books, artist biographies, painting instruction. Buy posters from

Pre-Raphaelite Passion
Reveals the stories and themes behind Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Biographies of all the leading Pre-Raphaelites, accompanied by impressive gallery section with images grouped by subject e.g. Medieval & Arthurian, Love, Mythology.
Definition of surrealism and information on the artists who produced surrealist works.

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