Art History Student Resources
- Link to the Kendall Art History program Summer 2010 study abroad program website
- Photos from the Kendall Art History program Summer 2010 study abroad program in Italy
- Link to the Kendall Art History program Summer 2011 study abroad program website.
- Link to the Kendall Art History program Summer 2012 study abroad program website.
- Link to the Kendall Art History program Summer 2015 study abroad program website.
- Link to the Kendall Art History program Summer 2018 study abroad program website.
- Link to the Kendall Art History program Summer 2020 study abroad program website.
The images in the Visual Resource Collection (VRC) have been acquired for the purpose of classroom use and study. All images made by or for, or purchased by, the VRC become part of the collection. Slides, photographs and digital images belonging to the VRC will be used for educational purposes only. These educational uses include projecting slides or digital images in the traditional face-to-face classroom, creating class review websites and as thumbnail images in the collection database.The Visual Resource Collection at Kendall College of Art and Design follows the:
Image Collection Guidelines: The Acquisition and Use of Images in Non-Profit Educational Visual Resources Collections.
Summary of Kendall College of Art & Design VRC’s Guidelines:
If a digital copy of an image (the exact image you need) can be purchased at a fair price, the VRC will make every attempt to purchase it. Always seek permission to use digital images before downloading them from a web site. Assume all images on the Internet are copyrighted, unless it clearly states you may use the images freely. Ignorance of copyright law cannot be used as a legal defense. Works created prior to 1923 are in the public domain and are copyright free. Works created form 1924-1978 are protected for 75-95 years. Works created after 1978 are copyrighted for the life of the author plus 70 years. Some copyright exceptions are made for non-profit, educational use.Kendall College of Art & Design’s Visual Resource Collection policy on digitally photographing works from print sources. Copy photography will be employed for the making of images from print sources as long as the image is used for instructional, scholarly, and research purposes. In keeping with copyright limitations, complete books will not be photographed. Instructors requesting images must select the most appropriate images for their lectures as no more than 10% of the images can be copied.
Kendall Use Only
The Kendall Visual Resource Collection is restricted to use by faculty and staff of Kendall College of Art & Design. Slides should not circulate off campus, and cannot be circulated between users or be duplicated in any media while checked out. Borrowers are not restricted in the number of slides that can be taken. All borrowers are required to check out slides. Faculty are encouraged to borrow slides for 24 hours. Extended circulation periods can sometimes be arranged. All slides must be returned to the collection by the end of each semester.
Where a commercially-produced image (slides or digital images) of acceptable quality is available for a reasonable price, the Slide Library will acquire images and appropriate licensing from the museum/collection or commercial vendor. Faculty wanted images by particular artists, or dealing with specific subjects, should made recommendations to Anne Norcross, Coordinator of Visual Imaging in the Visual Resource Collection. Slides and digital images will be produced in accordance with the "fair use" guidelines of the 1976 copyright law and according to the Image Collection Guidelines: The Acquisition and Use of Images in Non-Profit Educational Slide Libraries, developed by the Visual Resources Association.
Ordering Slides or Digital Images:
Images can be digitized at a faculty member's request, with advance notice. All digital images made by the Visual Resource Collection will become part of the collection. When good commercial sources for images are unavailable, digital images are produced from high-resolution images in books and magazines. Faculty members must provide books. Please select only high-quality, color reproductions (double-page spreads and b&w discouraged)
Process for ordering digital images:
Check the MDID database under the KDID collection to confirm that the VRC does not already have the image(s) you need. Complete a Digital Image Request Form (one form per book) and submit books with forms to Anne Norcross. Please note: We require 2-3 weeks to process faculty digital image orders. Large orders (over 100 images) for new courses should be discussed with the Anne Norcross at least two months in advance of the start of the semester. Due to limited staff and budgetary resources, requests for personal slides cannot be accommodated.
Duplication of Collection Images:
No duplication of the collection holdings will be permitted. The collection holdings may not be reproduced in any print media, used in any electronic or broadcast medium of a commercial nature without the written permission of the copyright holder.
- KCAH 111: Western Art I
- KCAH 112: Western Art II
- Dr. Karen Carter, Professor
- Anne Norcross, Professor & Program Chair, and Coordinator of the Visual Resource Collection
- Dr. Stefanie Snider, Assistant Professor
- College Art Association
- American Association of Museums
- Association of Historians of American Art
- Visual Resources Association
- Art Libraries Society of North America
- Midwest Art History Society
The Kendall Digital Image Database (KDID) is available for Kendall faculty and staff use. The database software, MDID (which stands for Madison Digital Image Database, as it was originally created and generously distributed by James Madison University in Virginia) allows enrolled members of the Kendall community to access the Visual Resource collections of: Kendall College of Art + Design.
KDID is an on-line access database and instructional system designed to create and show Internet-based lectures using digitized images. This allows Kendall faculty and staff 24-hour access to the Visual system. Once logged in, faculty and staff can search for images using a variety of criteria, download images for use in PowerPoint, create "slideshows," which can be annotated and packaged for classroom presentation and/or places online for student study, or archived from anywhere in the world.
In addition to the Kendall Digital Image Database (KDID), there is the Kendall Gallery Collection, Student Artwork Collection, and MFA Exhibtion Collection, which are available through the MDID software. There are also a number of shared collections available to Kendall faculty and staff, including:
- Art Images for College Teaching (AICT)
- American Sheet Music of the early Twentieth Century
- Historic Illustrations of Art + Architecture
- John Tenniel and the American Civil War: Political Cartoons from Punch, 1860-1865
- Madison Art Collection
- English Architecture
- Battles and Leaders of the Civil War
Please contact Anne Norcross ([email protected]) to register, or if ou would like additional information about this digital database.
*Note: Faculty and staff will need to become registered users of the database in order to gain access. It is recommended that faculty members wishing to use the database's classroom presentation and/or study features schedule a quick orientation meeting with Anne Norcross and obtain a user's manual.
- Annenberg Media: A World of Art - offers teacher resources and professional development programming for K-12 teachers.
- ArtAtlas - provides a database of art gallery contact information.
- Artcyclopedia - offering access to 125,000 great works of art– historic and contemporary–through direct searches or links.
- Artchive - contains citations, and when possible, images of historic and contemporary art (by Mark Harden) Contains citations, and when possible, images of historic and contemporary art (by Mark Harden)
- Art History Resources on the Web - covers prehistoric-21st century art by century, style and movement when appropriate; contains both Western and non-Western art (by Chris Witcombe)
- Art in Context - provides public access to images and information concerning artists around the world.
- Art Kiosk, WorldImages - developed by Kathleen Cohen, California (San Jose) State University, provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains over 50,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. Images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes, and can be located using many search techniques. For convenience, images are organized into some 500 portfolios, which are then organized into subject groupings.
- Artnet - provides access to artists' biographies, materials and techniques, and styles and movements (through license agreement with Grove's Dictionary of Art)
- Artserve - supports, strengthens and builds awareness or arts, culture and creativity in Michigan.
- ArtSource - a gathering point for networked resources on Art and Architecture. The content is diverse and includes pointers to resources around the net as well as original materials submitted by librarians, artists, and art historians, etc. This site is intended to be selective, rather than comprehensive.
- Berkley Digital Library SunSITE - builds digital collections and services while providing information and support to digital library developers worldwide.
- BUBL LINK Catalogue - a catalogue of Internet image collections with links to a variety of collections online.
- CGFA [Carol Gerten's Fine Art]
- COMPASS - the British Museum COMPASS Collections online currently features around 5000 objects from the huge range of periods and cultures represented in the Museum.
- Digital Imaging Project - Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton University. Sculpture and architecture from pre-historic to post-modern.
- David Rumsey Visual Collections - explore over 300,000 images from over 50 collections. View maps, fine artwork, photographs and other items from over thirty renowned collections.
- The Dictionary of Art Historians - biographical dictionary of historic scholars, museum professionals and academic historians of art.
- The Digital Librarian - by Margaret Vail Anderson
- Euroclio - provides links to historical museums throughout the European Union.
- Euromuse - emphasizes exhibitions, includes links to the Lost Art Internet Database.
- Finding images on the Web - an instructional guide on finding images on the web offered by Boston University Libraries.
- The Freer and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries - features Asian, Islamic, Near Eastern and American Art collection information and image.
- Gallery Guide - the online version of Gallery Guide magazine, which consists of seven regional gallery guides, plus Europe, distributed 10 times a year, with special editions published yearly.
- Getty Images - photography, illustrations, archival material, and motion clips. The collections are rights managed and royalty free. Complimentary images with slight watermarks are available for download. Larger images are available for purchase, and the site has a page of resources and tools for managing purchased images and other services.
- The Getty Museum - research library, and the Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (AATA). There are links to explore the museum collections, conservation, research library, and other various research tools.
- Great Buildings Collection - a gateway to architecture around the world and documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures of all kinds.
- The Hermitage - a virtual gallery of high-resolution artwork images from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
- ImageFinder, Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE - provides access to a collection of image databases, mostly photography databases, including the collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Library of Australia. Also has an architectural image database.
- Insecula, l'encyclopédie des arts et de l'architecture - created by artist Antoine Kuipers (b. 1951, Paris), offers keyword searches to "museums, places, works," or to artists. Provides a section devoted to the Musée du Louvre.
- Mother of All Art and Art History - by the University of Michigan, includes searchable image collections and an international list of museum websites with links.
- Musée guide - provides links to over 37,000 museums.
- Olga's Gallery
- Sculptor.org - resources relating to sculpture from all periods. Over 350 pages of resources and tools.
- SILS Art Image Browser - database of art, architectural, and museum object from four collections: University of Michigan Museum of Art; Kelsey Museum of Archeology; Slide and Photograph Collection, Department of the History of Art; Los Angeles Chicano Murals, Private Photograph Collection.
- SPIRO - UC Berkeley Architecture/Slide Library Slide and Photograph Collection. Over 25,000 images from a collection of 200,000 slides.
- Thinker ImageBase - the largest public art gallery database in the U.S., Thinker Imagebase contains images of 82,000+ objects, representing approximately 12,000 artists from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor.)
- Timeline of Art History - 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.
- Web Gallery of Art - a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 17.100 reproductions.
- World Wide Arts Resources - includes artists' biographies, artworks and some related bibliographic material.
- World Wide Web Virtual Library - a collection of links relating to Art History and computer applications in Art History.
- Ancient Civilizations: Mesopotamia - the British Museum's web site on Mesopotamia covering Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria.
- The Cave of Chauvet-Pont-D’Arc - an interactive site with research information and interactive map with images of the cave.
- Lascaux Cave - discover and learn about the Cave at Lascaux from its discovery in 1940 to the present day. Take a virtual tour and see images of major works within the cave.
- Cleopatra - a beautiful and comprehensive website of ancient Egyptian archaeology and culture.
- Eternal Egypt - a beautiful and comprehensive website of ancient Egyptian archaeology and culture.
- Building of the Pyramids of Giza - building of the Pyramids of Giza from the Discovery Channel
- The Giza Archives Project - a centralized online repository for all archaeological activity at the Giza Necropolis.
- The Tebtunis Papyri Project - large images of papyrus documents.
- Theban Mapping Project - the Valley of the Kings. Click on "Launch Atlas" to start.
- Mysteries of the Nile - allows one to explore the pyramids, temples, and other monumental architecture of ancient Egypt through riveting 360° photos shot during this NOVA/PBS Online Adventure.
- The Twelve Olympians - contains information on the main gods and goddesses.
- Trojan War - a great site exploring many details of the Trojan War.
- Heracles - explores one of the greatest heroes in Greek Mythology.
- Bronze Casting - discussion of bronze casting from the University of North Carolina.
- Painted Pottery - good diagrams and narratives outlining various vase painting techniques and functions of vases.
- The Classics Index - a helpful and reliable page devoted to Classical mythology, visual culture, literature and language.
- Diotima - materials for the study of women and gender in the ancient world.
- Perseus Project - useful information regarding sites and monuments in ancient Greece, mythology, ancient texts, maps and plans. very comprehensive, even if it uses a very frustrating interface.
- Parthenon Frieze - from the Greek Ministry of Culture.
- Controversy - primarily taking the Greek position, that the sculpture should be returned to Athens.
- The British Museum’s discussion - the Parthenon Sculpture controversy with official statements from the Museum.
- The Parthenon Sculpture Gallery - 3D VRML models of the sculpture.
- Samothrace - follow the path of the pilgrim through the Sanctuary of the Great Gods in a series of walkthroughs of the three-dimensional model of the Sanctuary
- The Interactive Ancient Mediterranean - photographs of sites and museums related to Greek and Roman art and archaeology.
- Forum Romanum - major collection of Roman texts both in translation and in the original Latin, articles and other useful materials.
- Ancient history - site dedicated to exploring different avenues in history.
- Archaeology Magazine - delivers articles on Classical archaeology as well as new research in other areas of archaeology.
- ThoughtCo - useful information about mythology, history, language, and general art history.
- Maecenas Images of Greece and Rome - photographs of sites and museums related to Greek and Roman art and archaeology.
- Lacus Curtius - an ‘encyclopedia’ of information related to ancient Rome.
- VRoma - a virtual community for teaching and learning Classics.
- Video gallery - includes a very useful video on lost-wax casting and making Greek vases; browse other areas of the Getty website for images of their very nice collection of Greek and Roman art.
- Trajan’s column - images and commentary.
- Christus Rex -works of art preserved in churches, cathedrals and monasteries worldwide.
- Utrecht Psalter - large images of all folios.
- Glossary of Medieval art and architecture
- The Book of Kells - in German, but great images.
- Amiens Cathedral - a major site with lots of different images; click on "QuickTime movies" to launch a virtual tour through the cathedral.
- Perseus Digital Library - an online collection of the Perseus Digital Library.
- Collage - an image database containing 20,000 works from the Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery London.
- Gardens of the Sunlight - collection of works from Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin.
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs - biographical data with images. Areas include: An American Gallery, Pictorial Journalism, Politics and Propaganda, The World at Large, Architecture, Design, and Engineering, American Landscape and Cityscape
- American Memory Collection Finder - provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.
- Ask Art - provides information about 52,000 American artists.
- Association of Historians of American Art - the website of the Association of Historians of American Art (AHAA), a membership organization and an affiliated society of the College Art Association (CAA).
- The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas - contains approximately 1,200 images from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery.
- Smithsonian American Art Museum - the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries.
- Images of American Political History - a collection of over 500 public domain images of American Political History.
- Southeast Asian Monuments - 100 slides of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, selected from the collection of Marijke J. Klokke.
- The Huntington Archive - The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Photographic Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art represents forty years of field documentation photography by the Huntingtons. In 1986, the two History of Art professors at The Ohio State University formally expanded their photographic collection. Partnering with the History of Art department, the Huntingtons created an institutional archive to house images of art from countries central to their personal research, as well as other areas of the Buddhist world. The Huntington Archive is devoted to providing pan-Asian documentation and resource materials for scholarly research and classroom teaching.
- Japanese Print Gallery - established in Notting Hill Gate, London in 1976. Specializes exclusively in fine Japanese Woodblock Prints (Ukiyo-e) from the 18th to 20th century. While this site seeks to sell images, it is a great resource for Japanese prints.
- ArchNet Digital Library - an online resource for ArchNet, an online community devoted to the study of Islamic architecture, art, and culture.
- Islamic Art - conceived as a companion to the Islamic galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and intended as a general introduction to Islamic art
- Africafocus - brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary resources: research and teaching materials collected by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable items related to these fields held by the University of Wisconsin Libraries. This collection contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, 50 hours of sounds from forty-five different countries, as well as a large number of difficult to find texts that librarians, scholars, and other subject specialists have deemed important to these fields of study.
- African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning - presents objects chosen both to exemplify African aesthetic and moral principles and to display some of the finest pieces in the Bayly's large collection. Most of the pieces come from West African societies.
- The Cape Coast Archive - represents a collaborative effort by the University of Virginia Library, the United States branch of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and Ghanaian institutions to document the unique cultural landscape of the Cape Coast, Ghana region for the purposes of preservation and education.
- Ethnographica - look under African Art Galleries for images currently on display, but also the site offers background information on Europe and Africa, an extensive reading list by tribal and/or geographic groups, maps of Africa, museum links and more.
- National Museum of African Art - contains information on exhibitions, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, Warren M. Robbins Library, conservation, and the museum’s collection.
- The Sukuma Museum
- American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection - a digital database which includes over 2,300 original photographs as well as over 1,500 pages from the Annual Reports of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior from 1851 to 1908 and six Indian treaties negotiated in 1855. Secondary sources include 89 articles from the Pacific Northwest Quarterly and 23 University of Washington publications in Anthropology.
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center - resources relating to the American West available through the Buffalo Bill Historical Center: The Voice of the American West.
- Viewing Suriname - represents a growing collection of media resources related to the natural and cultural landscapes of Suriname.
- Inka's Empire Tours
- Virtual Reality Archaeology - David Holloway's site with links to digital site maps and reconstructions of Native North American architecture.
- Photograhs from the MIA Collection - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Department of Photographs includes fine historic and contemporary works that cover the history of the medium from 1839 to the persent.
- Magnum Photos Home - Requires free registration for searching. The Magnum Photos library is a living archive updated daily with new work from across the globe. The library houses all the work produced by Magnum photographers and some special collections by non-members. There are approximately one million photographs in both print and transparency in the physical library, with 350,000 images available online.
- LA Public Library Photo Database - The Los Angeles Public Library has digitized over 60,000 images from the History and Genealogy Department's Photo Collection. This Internet-accessible collection is one of the treasures of the Central Library and images are continually being added from the archive. These images are from various collections described in the Photo Collection Overview. The emphasis of the photo database is Los Angeles, Southern California life and California history.
- History of Graphic Design - a graphic Design Primer.
- MOMA Architecture and Design Online Collection - architecture and design images in the Museum of Modern Art collection.
- Victoria and Albert Museum - works from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
- Greene and Green Virtual Archives - contains images of drawings, sketches, photographs, correspondence, and other historical documents related to the work of the architects Greene & Greene, the southern California design firm (active 1894-1922) that is often associated with the finest architecture and craftsmanship of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
- Decorative Arts and Material Culture - offers many links to image collections and virtual exhibits.
- Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris - Les Arts Décoratifs is a private organization governed by the law of 1901 on not-for-profit associations and recognized as being in the public interest. It originated in 1882, in the wake of the Universal Exhibitions, when a group of collectors banded together with the idea of promoting the applied arts and developing links between industry and culture, design and production.
- Design Museum, London - discover information about designers, architects, and more through the design library at the Design Museum in London.
- The Museum of Online Museums - an extensive website of online museums.
- Art Project (powered by Google) - explores museums from around the world. You can view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create adn share your own collection of masterpieces.
- The British Museum, London - renowned for its collection of ancient art, including the majority of the sculpture from the Parthenon.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC - another impressive collection of art from Egypt, the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome & beyond.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another very good collection of Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek & Roman art.
- National Archaeological Museum, Naples - sculpture, wall paintings, etc. from Pompeii and Herculaneum.
- Capitoline Museums - Etruscan and Roman art as well as paintings from the Renaissance and beyond.
- Centrale Montemartini - part of the Capitoline Museums, Rome. Primarily Roman sculpture.
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA - “The Villa” section of the museum is a reconstruction of an ancient Roman villa from Herculaneum. Holds a nice collection of antiquities.
- The Louvre, Paris - home of the “Venus de Milo,” “Winged Victory,” and many other works of art, both ancient and modern.
- The Art Institute of Chicago - better known for its modern art collection, has some nice ancient pieces as well.
- The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia - A handsome collection in a beautiful building. If you like this museum, see the movie.
- Russian Ark - content of the Russian Ark.
- The Michael C. Carlos Museum - at Emory University in Atlanta.
- The Ashmolean Museum - at Oxford University, Britain. Antiquities and European art.
- Museum of the Oriental Institute - Chicago, primarily ancient Near Eastern art.
- Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art - in Athens. Controversial because of the founders’ collecting habits.
- The Acropolis Museum - Athens—finds from the ancient Acropolis; link to the new museum being built nearby.
- The Brooklyn Museum - After the Met, the best collection of Egyptian art in the United States.
- The Vatican Museums - not just for the Sistine Chapel, enormous collection of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art.
- The Benaki Museum - Athens—Greek and Byzantine art.