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* ALMA - art meets artefact
ALMA links these depictions of pre-industrial objects, dating from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, in paintings and prints to examples of similar material objects. The ALMA database can be searched extensively for the relation between object and depiction. Research results are published in the ALMA showcase.
* American Memory Project: Library of Congress
Gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers millions of digital items from more than 100 historical collections.
* Art Images for College Teaching
Presents a selection of images of notable art and architectural works. Images are arranged in categories from Ancient to 20th century art and are accompanied by a brief description including references to widely used art history textbooks.
* ArtServe
An extensive collection of several thousand images of art and architecture, mainly from the Mediterranean Basin and Japan, can be viewed here. Use the directory to search for images arranged by country, medium or subject category.
* Auckland Art Gallery Collection Auckland
Browse or search thousands of images from the Auckland Art Gallery Collection
* Auckland Museum Paintings and Drawings Collection
Highlights from the paintings and drawings collection include several watercolours by von Tempsky, Charles Heaphy sketchbooks, Maori portraits by Goldie, Lindauer and Merrett, and views of the Auckland area painted by European artists and observers.
* Australian War Memorial Collections Search Canberra
Collections include over 4,000 works of Art, 203,000 Photographs, 3,500 Films, 350 Sound recordings, and 8,200 Private Records.
* Bridgeman Art Library
"The Bridgeman Art Library is the world's leading source of fine art with images from over eight thousand collections and twenty nine thousand artists. The Bridgeman archive is renowned for being the world's richest, most reliable and most prestigious source of fine art images covering every media, period, movement and style throughout the history of art."
* British Council Collection
More than 8,000 works covering all aspects of British art & design from the 20th & 21st centuries. Search for an image or artist biography, or use the interactive 'My Exhibition' feature to create your own collection of favourite works.
* Christchurch Art Gallery - Collection Online Te Puna o Waiwhetu Christchurch
A selection of images from the permanent collection currently on show at the Christchurch Art Gallery.
* Collect Britain
Showcases thousands of items from the British Library. Browse their collections, tours and exhibitions, or search the site in many different ways.
* Digital Imaging Project
Contains more than 9,000 art historical images of sculpture and architecture from pre-historic to the present day. Search by artist, period or location.
* Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Search highlights from the collection
A small selection of work online.
* Endeavour botanical illustrations
The voyage of HMS Endeavour (1768-1771) was the first devoted exclusively to scientific discovery. This site presents most of the botanical drawings and engravings prepared by artist Sydney Parkinson before his untimely death at sea, and by other artists back in England working from Parkinson's initial sketches. From the Natural History Museum, London.
* Europeana
Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of around 1500 of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.
* Fletcher Trust Collection
* Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection
This database offers access to tens of thousands of high resolution images from the Folger Shakespeare Library, including books, theatre memorabilia, manuscripts, and art. Users can show multiple images side-by-side, zoom in and out, view cataloguing information when available, export thumbnails, and construct persistent URLs linking back to items or searches.
* Gallica
Digitised collections of books, manuscripts, maps, images, sound recordings and much more. From the National Library of France and partner libraries.
* Getty Collections Los Angeles
Browse many of the works of art on display at the Getty Museum
* Imperial War Museum Collections On-line Database
Over 3,000 photographs, works of art, "soundbites", and other visual artifacts. Includes a number of thematic categories as a way of introducing some of their more prominent materials. Some of these categories include "War in the Air", "Truth & Propaganda", and "Burial & Remembrance".
* International Dunhuang Project
More than 50,000 manuscripts and paintings from ancient caves and temples along the Silk Road.
* John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
Browse or search Kennedy’s speeches and photos, video and audio from his historic presidency.
* La collection du musée national d'art moderne (Centre Pompidou) Paris
* LACMA collection online Los Angeles
The collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
* Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
From the the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National library of the Netherlands) and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum. You can choose to browse the subject hierarchy, be shown highlights or search through the database of around 10,000 items.
* Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections New York
Thousands of items from the Museum's extraordinary collections including clothing, arms and armour, musical instruments and of course art works.
* National Portrait Gallery Search London
A search facility with 60,574 portraits from the Gallery's collections, 40,288 of which are illustrated.
* NICE Paintings: The National Inventory of Continental European Paintings
Nearly 8,000 paintings from around 200 museums and other public collections across the UK.
* Pacific treasures database
The Auckland Museum has a world-class collection of Pacific treasures. This database, a work in progress, hopes to enrich your understanding of both the treasures in our collections, and the cultures from which they have come.
* Picture Australia
Primarily aimed at revealing Australia's cultural heritage through images, this site is also well worth using if searching for pictures of New Zealand's past. A single access point for searching the distributed image collections of many significant Australian cultural institutions.
* Picturing America
These 40 pieces of American Art have been chosen to be brought into American schools and libraries. Pieces range from oil paintings to architecture and each is complemented by additional resources.
* Portable Antiquties Scheme Database
Records of artefacts and coins found by the UK public, whilst pursuing a wide range of activities (the majority from metal detecting).
* Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource
“Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery has an unrivalled collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. This includes some 2000 fine and decorative art works ranging from oil paintings, tapestries, drawings, sketchbooks, stained glass and related cartoons, to prints, illustrated books, watercolours, ceramics, and archive material. ”
* Science & Society Picture Library
From the collections of the Science Museum, National Railway Museum and Museum of Photography, Film & Television
* Tate Collection London
Explore the online database of 50,000 works
* Te Papa Collections Online
Online gateway to Te Papa's collections
* Te Papa Picture Library
A small selection from Te Papa's photography collection.
* University of Washington Digital Collections
The Libraries' central location for rare materials and a major centre for the study of the Pacific Northwest, Photographs, Travel and Exploration, Architecture, Book Arts, 19th-century American Literature, 20th-century American and English Literature.
* Victoria and Albert Museum Images Online London
"You may search here for over 16,000 works and over 20,000 images from the V&A collections. The database covers a wide range of objects, including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles."
* Visual Arts Data Service - high quality images for use in education
The gateway to over 100,000 high quality digital images free for use in education
* WallaceLive
A database that will eventually contain information on every work of art in the Wallace Bequest.
* Art @ the Walters Art Museum
Search or browse thousands of artworks from around the world and across the centuries. You can download high-resolution images under a Creative Commons license.
* The Digital Walters
Nearly all of the Walters’ collection of 128 Islamic codices and 60 loose leaves are available on the Digital Walters. Every element of each manuscript is digitized, including text folios, blank folios, flyleaves, later additions, stubs (whenever possible), and bindings (inner and outer boards as well as spine, fore-edge, head, and tail).
* War Art Online
Over 600 images from the National Collection of War Art comprises official pieces of war art, commissioned by the New Zealand government, and other unofficial art works acquired by or donated to government departments. An interactive site including video clips and information about war art and the artists in the collection. From the collection held by Archives New Zealand.
* Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical and Romantic periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 13,500 reproductions.
* World Digital Library
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. PDF
* York Archaeological Trust Online Picture Library
Photographs of archaeological items from Roman times to present day York.
* Your Paintings
Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the United Kingdom.