Collections of Art and Architecture on the Web

Because of its origins, this page still has a strong Renaissance emphasis, but I am enlarging it to be useful for all periods and styles of Western art and architecture. Some great new architectural sites have appeared on the web!



Carol Gerten Jackson
- the work of several years, this site holds a now enormous collection of high quality images scanned by Carol Gerten herself. Images are indexed alphabetically by artist and geographically by date. Do not link to the images, or you will bring down her server! Link to the index pages only.

The Web Gallery of Art

- a very useful collection of images catalogued alphabetically by artist. Excellent scans and plenty of them. Bit thin outside Renaissance and Baroque.

new, 4th November, 2000Olga's Gallery

- very useful resource indeed. Includes restorations that aren't yet well-represented on the web and images that tend to be omitted from other collections. And also very useful, each image links to a brief explanatory text about the relevant myth, saint, legend, or whatever.

Artcyclopedia: The Guide to Museum-Quality Art on the Internet

- an excellent resource. Search for artists alphabetically, and bring up a list of links to all the good-quality images of their works on the web. Fantastic idea!

The Web Museum, Artist Index LINK FIXED 18th December, 2000

- very patchy but worth checking out. Mostly text, but can have quite good images.

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Words and Images - Index of Artists
- also in Italian but even easier to navigate. Each link is annotated to tell you which works are illustrated, and the scans are excellent.

Orazio Centaro's Art Images on the Web - Painters

- alphabetical index pointing to resources on the web - therefore patchy in quantity and quality, but a useful resource.

Mark Harden's Artchive

- a good resource, if slow to load. It includes one of Leonardo's drawings, which is unusual. Quality is superlative.

The Tigertail Museum - First Floor

- a virtual museum with patchy quantity and quality, and a number of the pics seem rather "rosy" to me. The first floor has Renaissance and Baroque painting and sculpture.

National Gallery of Art, Washington

- wide range of images; their scans are glorious and often include blown up details. Very nice site.

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THAIS - Renaissance Sculpture
- an enormous collection of images listed alphabetically by artist. This site is very slow because all the thumbnail images are grouped on a single page per period. But give it time. They are excellent images.

THAIS - Baroque Sculpture

- again by THAIS, and has the same problems as the link above, but this is probably the most complete collection of Italian Baroque sculpture on the web.

Orazio Centaro's Art Images on the Web - Sculptors

- alphabetical directory to collected sources on the web. Images vary in quality and are patchy in quantity, but a useful resource nonetheless.

The Digital Imaging Project - Sculpture and Architecture

- an indexed collection of links to sculpture and architecture. Nice scans, but the collection is incomplete. Good place to start for sculpture, but you will need to supplement it.

Art Images for College Teaching, Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture and Architecture

- nicely organised site with black and white thumbnails on the index page to assist fast loading. Click for good colour reproductions. The only problem is that the sculpture sections are very limited yet.

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new, 12th December, 2000 ARCHITECTURE

BIG Buildings

- fantastically useful and high quality site for mostly modern architecture and some historic. Take time to explore it fully. It has large collections of excellent images inside and out for each building except for the historic section which is rather notional. Can be slow, but worth it.

- a good starting point for architecture, sorted by architect, type, period and location, and with links to specialized sites. Good quality pics and information.

Great Buildings Online

- this project is still developing, so it has some tremendous stuff and then suddenly lets you down. Always worth checking, though.

Glass Steel and Stone

useful and wide ranging site for modern and historic architecture. The photos are all taken and owned by the site author or submitters so can be somewhat grainy, but useful and rare nonetheless.

Magnificent Views with High Voltage

- now here's something interesting: a site full of photos of pylons. You do really want to see these, for art historical and plain enjoyment reasons.

Daniel's Manhattan Architecture

- lovely site indeed with an annoying drag to his new site just when you think you get going. Worth putting up with it though. Great pics.

Early Century Manhattan

- also from Daniel above, but an interesting collection of older Manhattan architecture.

About.Com Great Buildings
- tiresome site with too many graphics that reload unnecessarily on every page and slow it down, AND javascript errors that can usually be ignored but also slow things down. But it has links to a smallish range of stuff that lead to mixed quality pages with a few pics each. I use it to fill gaps.

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