Web Resources

Some Valuable Resources on the Web…

Web sites can be useful for images, thumbnail sketches, and sometimes for research.

Is it credible? Be sure to look for the credentials of the author before you use material for serious research, whether on the internet or in books. Not everything on the web is reliable: anyone can post a web site. Serious research requires time in the library and scholarly sources in print.

Warning: Information taken from the internet, as with books, must be properly cited when you use these sources for written work in class. You must give the full web address, the author of the site, name of site, name of article/page, and the date you  accessed it. I strongly recommend that you print out your material, as websites come, go, and change unexpectedly. To take information without proper citation is academic theft, called plagiarism, which is not only a serious and punishable honor offense at Mary Baldwin College, but can be prosecuted in the courts. It is the student’s responsibility to understand plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Art History Web Sites:

The best for images is to access ARTStor, which is accessible through the database menu on the Grafton Library Website. Most of your images are there. Other web resources are  listed below.

Mary Baldwin College students and faculty have access to ARTStor and JSTOR:

For ARTStor, you may be asked for your user name and special MBC password, and a reference librarian can help you here.  At the ARTStor homepage, click on Enter the ARTStor digital library. Then go to organize and open image group. JSTOR is  a data base of academic journal articles. This data base is the best that MBC has for Art History, although do not limit yourself.  I’m sorry that users outside of MBC cannot access these subscription-based resource.

General Information and Images:

*This site, maintained by Professor Christopher Witcombe at Sweet Briar College,

is the most thorough, up-to-date, and most reliable source of art websites that I know.

Web Gallery of Art

Professor Mary Anne Sullivan, Bluffton University:

*Alison Stones. University of Pittsburgh English Medieval Architecture (excellent!)

Web site with Art Sources from  Professor Jeffery Howe, Boston College

British Museum: The database of the collections at the British Museum has gone live for public access.

Columbia University Website of Department of Art History and Archaeology,

Vatican Museums: Visit the Collection on line

Test yourself! Stud Guide from Rice University

Maps at Fordham University

Selected Sites for Medieval and Renaissance Art and related History:

Medieval Resource Center (thank you Kim Powell)

Bubonic Plague:  (Thank you Katrina Batson and Pinewood Elementary School)

Museum Websites:

Florence: Museums: Click on menu for various museums in Florence, Italy, including the Uffizi and the Bargello (sculpture0, Accademia (Michelangelo sculpture, David)

Opera del Duomo, Museum of the Cathedral of Florence; Also this link collects there .

London: British Library (manuscript illuminations):

London: National Gallery

London: National Portrait Gallery

London: Royal Academy of Arts (note especially: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe exhibit)

London: Victoria and Albert Museum  (note especially the Gothic: Art in England 1400-1574 exhibit)

Paris: Louvre:

New York: Metropolitan Museum (don’t overlook the Cloisters collection):

New York: Morgan Library, (manuscript illuminations):

Washington: National Gallery of Art

Artistic Processes:

Hey, this is cool!! An interactive program: How to make and illustrate a medieval manuscript. 

How to make a Byzantine icon with egg tempera:

Bronze casting in the lost wax method:  A commercials site on bronze casting

Images of Painting and Sculpture:

ArtStor (on line through the MBC library and can be used by MBC faculty and students only)  Look for folders for your class.



Christian art:

Italian Sculpture:


Sacred sites:

Tigertail Virtual Museum:

Web Gallery of Art: 1150-1800:

 Selected Museums with Ancient Art:

Athens, National Museum:

Berlin Egyptian Museum:

Berlin, Staatliche Museen:

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts:

Egyptian Collection:

Cairo, Egyptian Museum: 

London, British Museum:

*see story of the mummy on line

New York, Metropolitan Museum: 

Norfolk, Chrysler Museum:

Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts:

Medieval Architecture:

Images of churches and cathedrals: 

Alison Stone, U. Pittsburgh (bibliography & images):scholarly, thorough, with detailed bibliography.

Great Buildings: 

Medieval architecture and history:

Manuscript illuminations:Library of Antonio Alberi, Orvieto, detail

British Library Digital Catalogue and introduction to manuscript illumination:

Bodleian Library, Oxford:

Catholic Encyclopedia article:

Web Gallery Gothic manuscript illuminations (scroll for others):

Tiscali Reference article:

Links to Manuscript illuminations:

Important and useful Literary Texts and Theory:

Alberti, Leon Battista. On Painting 


Cennini, Cennino : The Craftsman’s Handbook:

Chaucer, Geoffrey: (S. Illinois University academic course resource)

Vasari, Giorgio:

For information and excerpts of Vasari’s Lives see: http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/giorgio.vasari/vaspref.htm  and: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/vasari/vasari-lives.html

For Erwin Panofsky and Aby Warburg:

 Other Web Resources:

Timelines: Look for helpful resources from the Metropolitan Museum.

Time charts:TimeRef.com