Comprehensive reference work offers over 1,600 up-to-date entries on Islamic art and architecture ranging from the Middle East to Central and South Asia, Africa, and Europe and spans over a thousand years of history.
Features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions in a growing database of images of art, architecture, and design. The collection spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.
Discover the variety of free resources available across the Getty's collections, which include: the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. With this free tool, users can browse collections broadly, by type of resource (i.e., paintings, books, archives), or to search for very specific subjects—historical periods, artists, object types, etc.
An overview of Prints & Photographs Division visual resources, including photographs, drawings, engravings, lithographs, posters, and architectural drawings, related to North American indigenous communities. Includes search strategies and tips.
The WikiMedia Commons makes available public domain and freely-licensed educational media. Maintained by volunteers, users can upload their own images, request images, identify images, and subscribe to syndicated feeds.
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