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- Casselman Archive of Islamic and Mudejar Architecture in Spain
The Casselman Archive includes over 4,000 digitized color and black and white photos of Islamic architecture in Spain, documenting over 1000 years of Islamic influence on Iberian art and architecture.
- 12 Artist Interpretations of City Skylines
Brynn Mannino from Woman’s Day has put together an article about artists’ interpretation of city skylines. This article features 12 different cityscapes designed in media ranging from staples to potatoes.
- Aga Khan Visual Archive
MIT's Aga Khan Visual Archive hosts over 120,000 digital images visualizing Islamic art and architecture as well as urban design practices. This repository includes images captured over a 30 year period to document both historic and contemporary sites and is accessible to academic and non-academic users through the MIT Libraries Dome, a Web portal that provides access to some of the university's archival collections.
- American Museum of Natural History Division of Anthropology
The AMNH Division of Anthropology has collected over 500,000 objects representing the peoples of Africa, Europe, Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Americas. Over 170,000 of the 500,000 objects have been digitally imaged and can be accessed through this website.
- Arcade: New York Art Resource Consortium
Arcade combines material and cultural history documents from the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum, making 800,000 visual and textual records available for public use.
Archipedia is an American architecture search tool that provides access to authoritative information on over 11,000 buildings. Users can perform searches utilizing a number of terms, including architect, period and style, building type, materials, location, and more. Search results include images, a map triangulating all projects that match the search term, and other search terms that might generate additional materials.
Archiplanet is a community-constructed collection of information on buildings and building culture worldwide. Archiplanet uses a wiki-style approach to collaboration.
- Architectural History 102: Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
The University of Virginia Libraries hosts Architectural History 102, a visual resource collection focusing on Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Images included create social and historical context, and reveal evolving architectural forms.
- Architectural League Podcasts
Architectural League podcasts, both audio and video, document the League’s ongoing lecture
series featuring leading figures in architecture and design from around the
- Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America
The Library of Congress American Memory site hosts over 29,000 images architecture and interior design created in the twentieth century. The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection concentrates on sites in the northeastern United States focusing on architectural subjects that include interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures. Each image is accompanied by detailed metadata as well as direction for legal use.
- Architecture Web Resources
The Architecture Studies Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has an online guide containing links to web resources on topics related to architecture. This continuously evolving database was established in 1993 by Jeanne Brown, head of UNLV Architecture Studies Library.
Architizer is an open community created to allow architects to interact, show their work, and find clients. The site includes an interactive project map, blog, and crowdsourced project and firms pages. Architizer posts jobs and competitions to facilitate professional networking.
- Arkitekturmuseet Picture Bank
Arkitekturmuseet's Picture Bank contains 2,500 digital photographs and drawings primarily documenting twentieth-century Swedish design. The images available through Arkitekturmuseet showcase Scandinavian architecture and urbanism while illustrating the lifestyle of the modern. Building and formal typologies represented include industry and retail trade, sport and leisure facilities, the landscape, furniture and furnishings, and interior design for bothprivate and public buildings.
Travel site Arounder uses Google maps to organize interactive, panoramic exhibits of a number of European cities and a few American sites. For each location listed on Arounder, a number of panoramic views are available including views of church interiors, city streets, public plazas, and natural or manufactured landscapes.
- Art in Context
This online reference library contains an extensive listing of artists with links to exhibition history and gallery representation.
Digital library with approximately 750,000 images of art, architecture, and archeology. Subscription is available to UT affiliates with an EID.
- ARTstor Blog: Teaching with ARTstor Category
The ARTstor blog's Teaching with ARTstor category is a useful tool for determine how best to use materials contained in the ARTstor collection. Each Teaching with ARTstor entry focuses on a unique topic ranging from African architecture to race and identity in American art to women's suffrage, and provides material to support these subjects.
- ARTstor now on Facebook
ARTstor, the premier digital library for over one million images on art, architecture and humanities is now on Facebook!
behold allows you to browse flickr for images that are free to use and modify or circulate commercially. This search tool simplifies the process of determining limits of use while enabling the user to access a wide range of photographs, taken and published by amateurs and professionals the world over.
- Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur
Bildindex consists of around 2 million images of art and architecture located in Germany and throughout Europe. This includes a range of image types--drawings, photographs, paintings, prints, etc. The product of over 30 years of collection development, Bildindex hosts special collections and continues to sponsor further digitization projects.
- Bridgmen Education
Bridgeman Education provides access to over 300,000 images of every civilization from Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica and every period from Prehistory to the present across continents and traditions. Collection categories include fine arts, engravings, sculpture, architecture, archaeology and ethnography, history, science and medicine, decorative arts and artifacts. A subscription is required to use the site, though students may contact the institution for individual licensing.
- Bridgmen: Art Culture History
With images from over 8,000 collections and more than 29,000 artists, Bridgeman Art Library is a comprehensive source for fine art and historical images.
- British Museums Collection Database
Currently includes objects from Africa; the Americas; central, east, south and southeast Asia, including the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese ceramics; ancient Egypt and Sudan; Europe; ancient Greece and Rome; the Middle East; Oceania; prehistory; the Museum’s collection of two-dimensional art.
- CAEA - Digital Scrolling Paintings Project
The University of Chicago Center for the Art of East Asia is creating a database of Chinese handscroll paintings in a scrolling digital format. The Digital Scrolling Paintings Project aims to create a database that at once provides access to these rarely displayed artifacts while enabling a full investigation of the images and ideograms rendered.
OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online visual resource collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums.
- Centre des Monuments Nationaux
The Centre des Monuments Nationaux conserves, restores, and manages nearly 100 national monuments, opening up these sites of social, cultural, and architectural history for public consumption. The website uses a geographic search feature in order to locate each monument page. Monument pages include photographs and videos, points of historical interests, details about tours and other activities on site, and a list of literature specific to the building.
- Chester Beatty Library Image Gallery
Divided into three major exhibit categories, the Chester Beatty Library Image Gallery combines images of Islamic, East Asian and Western art. Textiles, illuminated manuscripts and painting dominate the collection.
- Chronicling America
The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities have partnered to create Chronicling America, a newspaper database that allows you to view newspaper pages from 10 different states and dating from 1880-1910. Chronicling America also includes a search directory with access to information about newspapers collected from as early as 1690.
- Cool Hunting
Cool Hunting is an award-winning publication that features innovative designs and ideas from the world of design, technology, style, travel, culture and food & drink. They present daily updates and weekly mini-documentaries.
- Corbis Images
Corbis Images is a stockphotgraphy site hosting millions of royalty-free and rights-managed images. Corbis' search mechanism allows the user to generate results based on camera angle, point-of-view, and resolution. Corbis also hosts a number of special collections.
- Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project
The Council of Independent Colleges has developed the Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP), a database that organizes university sites by type, style, designer, function and time period. This database currently includes information for campus master plans, buildings and landscapes at nearly 400 institutions of higher learning.
- Danish Furniture
danish-furniture.com showcases a beautifully photographed collection of modern Danish classics. The Website operates as a virtual exhibition, featuring images of over 150 seminal works that cite respective architects and manufacturing information.
- Death by Architecture
Death by Architecture assembles current information about a broad spectrum of architectural competitions in addition to hosting an extensive resource list linking to blogs and other sites featuring information about design, materials, construction, etc.
designinform links three databases to provide access to over 70,000 abstract and index records from art and design journals published during the twentieth century.
- Digital Images Collection Wiki
The Digital Images Collection Wiki is an extensive resource for links to other image resource groups that offer access to free collections for study and research. These include visual resources collections from universities, flickr groups etc.
- Dynamic National Archive
The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) created an online portal known as the Dynamic National Archive. The mission of the BWAF is to expand the recognition of women’s contributions to American architecture and the built environment. In doing so, the archive is home to the Collection of Women of 20th century architecture from all disciplines related to architecture, including building design, engineering, landscape architecture, interior design and urban planning. The Collection includes over 1,100 practitioners from all 50 states and is constantly growing.
- Earth Album
Earth album is a Flickr mash-up that allows you to explore photos from around the world using Google maps and Flickr.
- Empire and Regency Decoration in the Age of Napoleon
Twenty primary source illustrated pattern books, scrapbooks, and a set of original French goldsmith's drawings from the late 18th to early 20th-centuries featuring mainly interior decoration, furnishings, furniture patterns, and views relating to the Empire and Regency Styles.
- Flickr Hive Mind
The Flickr Hive Mind photography search engine is a crowd-curated search tool with a number of search return options along with features that allow users to create groups, tag favorites and search by rights type.
Fotolia is a royalty-free stock photography site with over 7.25 million photos and illustrations and almost 0.5 million vectors.
- Francis Loeb Library: Bibliographies
The Francis Loeb Library Bibliographies site contains bibliographic data for Harvard's Graduate School of Design Public Lecture Series from 1993-present.
- Frank Lloyd Wright App for iPhone
An iPhone App for searching through Frank Lloyd Wright’s works is now available at the Apple iTunes Store. This App helps to locate Wright’s buildings and also gives a description and photograph of each. The App is based on the book The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, A Complete Catalog by Dr. William Allin Storrer.
- Furniture and the Decorative Arts in the Western Home
The History of Furniture and the Decorative Arts in the Western Home is a repository of web resources that provide an historical perspective on western interiors. Links also include information on furniture styles and the history of wallpaper and textiles.
- Glass House Conversations
In partnership with SVA, the Philip Johnson Glass House has launched a new website that asks "What do you think are the most important aspects of architecture and design to celebrate, and who do you feel deserves recognition for doing this successfully?" The resulting Glass House Conversations will facilitate a global conversation about architecture that focuses on a weekly topic posted each Monday.
- Google Art Project
A repository of art and art historical content that allows users to experience a wide range of artworks, explore museums through virtual tours, and build and share collections.
- Gottscho-Schleisner Collection
The collection is comprised of over 29,000 images, featuring commercial and residential interiors and exteriors in the Northeast and Florida.
- Guide to Japanese Castles
With over 1000 images of Japanese castle architecture and landscapes, this site documents 130 of these castles organizing material by site condition and castle name. Historic and tourist designations function as additional search mechanisms.
- Harvard Design Magazine
Harvard Design Magazine is a biannual publication of the Graduate School of Design that investigates contemporary design issues ranging from questions of sustainability and New Urbanism to the problems of representation and memory. HDM's website contains full-text versions of both current and back issues, making available complete publication contents.
- Harvard University Library Visual Information Access
VIA (Visual Information Access) is a growing online union catalog documenting the arts, material culture, and social history. VIA contains descriptive records and images representing paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, prints, architecture, decorative arts, trade cards, rubbings, theater designs, maps and plans. Participating repositories include archives, museums, libraries, and other collections throughout Harvard University. New material is added to VIA daily.
- Idée Labs
Idée Labs has created image search tools including the Multicolour Search Lab that utilizes up to ten different colors to access images in both Alamy and Flickr. Two additional search tools access images in Alamy including the tag-based Visual Search Lab, and image-based BYO Image Search Lab.
Inmagine is a royalty-free stock photography site with over 3.5 million images from over 100 best-selling collections.
- International Interior Design Association Knowledge Center
The Knowledge Center is a database of journal articles, news items, websites and other resources of interest to students and educators.
Intute is a free online services that locates the best website for research in fields including art, architecture, engineering and geography.
- Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH)
JSAH Online will mediate the dialogue between traditional modes of scholarship and emerging media, supporting film, video, virtual modeling, digital mapping, QTVR panoramic photographs, and zoomable images that will enrich the readers experience and understanding of the architectural subject.
- Kelsey Museum Textiles Database
This site contains over 3,000 images of ancient textiles.
- Know the Alhambra
Know the Alhambra incorporates a visual and textual material detailing the social, political, and construction histories of the Alhambra, Generalife and surrounding territory. It's image collection includes both historic images of the site and its surroundings as well as contemporary shots of gardens, courtyards and interiors at both palaces along with images of the urban setting. In addition, Know the Alhambra includes a virtual tour of the palace and provides a brief history of Arab expansion into the Spain as well as general information for tourists and researchers.
- Material ConneXion
Database containing over 1,400 materials and processes which can be accessed online by UT affiliates.
- Materials Lab
The School of Architecture's Matrials Lab offers information on material composition, manufacturing, fabrication and emerging materials and contains over 12,000 building and design material samples.
- Medieval New York
This site integrates the architectural histories of New York City and the Middle Ages. Detailed building descriptions for a number of New York City's religious and residential structures, as well as landscapes, locate this heterogeneous architectural culture within the history of medieval European, Byzantine and Islamic art, architecture, technology and religion.
Developed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MetPublications is a database that provides access to over 650 texts published by the museum since 1964. MetPublications offers a variety of search options as well as access to full titles at zero cost. This includes the option to download a title in PDF format.
- NCS Colour Scan 2.0 - NCSColour
NCS Color Scan 2.0 is a color measurement device that lets you scan colors directly from materials. This device not only recognizes colors instantly but also displays it on-screen and stores it for future use.
Photospin is the first creative-content subscription site allowing professionals to share and access affordable and unique image content. This royalty free site offers easy access to high-quality, high-resolution photographs, illustrations, and fonts.
- Reseau Art Nouveau Network
The Reseau Art Nouveau Network was formed in 1999 to provide a general appraisal of the conditions of Art Nouveau buildings throughout Europe. In the process, the network created an image bank including photographs of Art Nouveau architecture, industrial design, sculpture and art in its 22 member cities and regions. In addition, the network provides a comprehensive list of theses completed on the topic of the Art Nouveau as well as a list of documentation centers in order to facilitate and encourage further study.
- ROM Images
The Royal Ontario Museum's online image collection, ROM, incorporates images of the built environment, world cultures and natural history from its collection. Images located on ROM can be used privately and licensing can be facilitated for all other uses.
- Save Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy website includes a number of resources. These include a narrative and photographic biography, an interactive map linking to Wright projects, and links to other sites focusing on Wright as well as websites for individual Wright buildings.
- Silk Road Seattle
Silk Road Seattle is an ongoing public education project that explores cultural interaction across Eurasia from the beginning of the Common Era to the Seventeenth Century. Silk Road Seattle provides historical texts, well illustrated web pages on historic cities and architecture and on traditional culture of the Central Asian nomads, extensive annotated bibliographies of resources, an electronic atlas, and a virtual art exhibit drawing on museum collections from around the world.
- Sistine Chapel QTVR
Villanova University of Pennsylvania has created a QTVR of the Sistine Chapel interior that allows the user to explore this famous institution's interior architecture and frescoes by Michelangelo.
- Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) blog
The Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) blog explores American cultural history and resources relevant to its study. Entries investigate cultural events, the lives of American artists, gender history, photography, architecture and more, in addition to providing information about emerging or reemerging resources and resource centers relevant to research in the social sciences.
Spezify is a search tool that presents textual, graphic, and photographic results in a visual format. Blogs, videos, microblogs and images, couple with web-based versions of more traditional print media to give comprehensive search results.
- St. Peter's Basilica: Floorplan
This interactive floorplan, indicates the uses of each available space within the Vatican complex. The floorplan employs a system of letters and numbers to identify various sculptural and artistic elements in addition to locating elements of specific architectural significance including grottoes, the facade, the piazza, etc. Each letter and number links to an additional page that includes visual and textual information about the site indicated.
- Tate Collection Online Subject Search
The Tate Collection Online Subject Search provides access to its online information pages for over 66,000 works of art by 3,075 artists. Each page provides important metadata about the object sometimes including a contextualizing description. The subject search function organizes these objects into categories including architecture, objects, history, people, abstraction, places, emotions, concepts, and ideas, religion and belief, and more.
- The Building Technology Heritage Library
The Association of Preservation Technology International in collaboration with other institutions has created an online library for heritage building construction and technology. Currently, the collection includes period architecture trade catalogs. The collections are free and accessible to all.
- The Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture
The University of Wisconsin's Material Culture program maintains digital images documenting the Chipstone collection of early American furniture and the Longridge collection of British delft and slipware.
- The Empire That Was Russia
The Empire That Was Russia is a searchable database of architecture, ethnic culture, transportation and other images focusing on contemporary Russian life taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, photographer to Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. Through the digichromatography color rendering process, Prokudin-Gorskii's black and white and sepia toned images have been converted into color.
- The Marquette Building
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has created a website that integrates historical texts, photography, drawings and video in an effort to communicate the architectural, cultural, and preservation histories of the Marquette Building. The website offers a multimedia learning experience that focuses on topics including design and construction,culture, socioeconomics, and marketing.
- The State Hermitage Museum Digital Collection
The State Hermitage Museum Digital Collection provides access to high-resolution images of artwork, furniture, maps, archaeological artifacts, textiles, and more. The collection has a general search tool but can also be navigated by browsing geographically organized galleries categorized by field (Paintings, Prints, and Drawings, Applied Arts, Textiles, etc.).
- The Wellcome Library
The Wellcome Library has assembled an eclectic library of images that range from architectural photographs and representations to scanning electron micrographs (SEM) of cancer cells and bacteria. The Wellcome Library’s image collection is a useful resource for contextualizing architectural history, examining biological forms to create unique designs, and enhancing visual perspectives of the broader sphere of human biological, sociological, historical, and anthropological relations.
- Thirty Conversations on Design
The Thirty Conversations on Design hosts short interviews with designers from different parts of the world. In these videos, these professionals talk about their inspiration and the next big “design solution”.
- Tiny House Design
This website covers the small house movement, what it’s like to live and build dwellings under 1,000 square feet as well as resources and plans for sustainable design and socially conscious architecture.
- Turkish Culture Portal
The Turkish Cultural Foundation has created an online portal with a variety of images relating to Turkish culture and its dissemination. The portal catalogs photographs, drawings, and engravings of architectural monuments from the Islamic style. It also expands to examine other cultural phenomena including culinary cuisine, literature, fabrics and patterns, ceramic tiles, and metal artwork.
Comprised of over 100,000 images, Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) image database is an online resource for the visual arts.
- Victoria and Albert Museum
Over 26,000 images from the V&A collections, including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles.
- Video of Frank Lloyd Wright's Coonley House
The Coonley House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is up for sale. The Chicago Magazine has posted a video tour of the house and an interview with the current owners of the property.
- Virtual Museum of Canada
The Virtual Museum of Canada combines a number of collections from Canadian museums into an interactive and easily accessible format. With over 785,000 images in its Image Gallery, the VMC includes visual material ranging from contemporary paintings and photographs to World War I era helmets, chandeliers, textiles, and more.
- Wikimedia Commons
With content that is created and maintained by volunteers, Wikimedia Commons provides a central repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, and media of all sorts.
The California State University WorldImage database organizes 75,000 images into portfolios highlighting a wide range of content from around the globe including images of cities and building technology, religious and cultural art and artifacts, architecture, material culture, and more. In addition WorldImages hosts a few special collections including faculty contributions, special exhibits and the Sourisseau Academy Clark B. Waterhouse Collection.
- Yale Silk Road Database
The Yale Silk Road Database presents over 6,000 images of major sites in the Silk Road region taken during faculty site seminars led by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (Professor, History of Art) under the auspices of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University in the summers of 2006-2009.
- Yale University Art Gallery eCatalogue
The Yale University Art Gallery's eCatalogue allows internet users to search a collection of over 185,000 objects which includes over 2000 years of painting, sculpture, furniture and other interior/industrial design objects from all over the world.