Art Databases

Recommended Databases

Consists of abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.

Provides citations to articles and reproductions from Art Index, 1929-1984. Covers all forms of art from antiquity to the twentieth century.

Provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews of modern and contemporary art from the late 19th century to the present.

Provides full text journal access to content in the arts and humanities.

The ARTstor Digital Library, a non-profit resource, consists of images in art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences.

Provides abstracts for articles and books on European and American art from late antiquity to the present.

Provides indexing for design and applied arts literature, reviews, and news from 1973 to the present.

Provides full text magazines and scholarly journals in the fine arts and music.

Provides indexing for the scholarly literature on 20th century art.

Includes full text of the Grove 34-volume encyclopedia, The Dictionary of Art, which contains scholarly articles on the visual arts from prehistory to the present day.

Other Databases

Presents images and information for advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines from 1911 to 1955. Focuses on these subject areas: radio, television, transportation, beauty & hygiene, and World War II.

Provides streaming access to films from twenty-four countries. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Provides text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history.

Archives images of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.

Includes academic ebooks that are part of Open Access.

Provides open access to artefacts, artworks, books, videos, and sound files from across Europe.

Provides indexing of scholarly works in the humanities.

Provides indexing and full text coverage of performing arts. 

Conceived as a companion to the Islamic galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this web site is intended as a general introduction to Islamic art from southern Spain to Central Asia, ranging in date from the seventh century to the present. 

Provides streaming access to numerous documentaries and films including selections from the Criterion Collection. Closed captions and transcripts are available.