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Find background information, including biographies, in these resources.

Benezit Dictionary of Artists Online

entries on artists from antiquity to the present day, including auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

find information on artists and art movements, including contextual history in this database of encyclopedias.

Contemporary Artists Index

Covers over 31,000 artists appearing in more than 1,800 exhibition catalogs and art publications

Oxford Art Online

entries on the visual arts from prehistory through the present with links to important art images in galleries and museums around the world.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

provides an overview of the history of art as illustrated and represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.

Smarthistory Open

web-based multimedia art history textbook.

Encyclopedia of World Art

N 31 E4833 Fine Arts Library Reference

Find Defintions for Art Terms and More

Artlex: A Dictionary of Visual Art

definitions of thousands of terms, illustrations, quotations, and links to other resources.

The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

entries on styles and movements, materials and techniques, museums and galleries, and biographies.

The Oxford Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art

entries on movements, styles, techniques, artists, critics, schools, and galleries.

Find Articles in Art and Art History

List of all the databases for Art and Art History

Art Source (formerly Art Abstracts/Art Index Retrospective)

up-to-date coverage of art, architecture, archaeology, design, planning, and museum studies.

ARTbibliographies Modern

covers modern and contemporary art, including performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, in addition to traditional mediums.

BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art

covers European and American art from late antiquity to the present and contemporary art worldwide.

Design and Applied Arts Index

all areas of design and craft are covered.

Getty Research Portal International

collaboration with libraries that are digitizing art history books, thereby making their resources accessible to a larger audience.


more than 1.5 million records including 800,000 articles in scholarly periodicals, conference papers, commemorative volumes and exhibition catalogues

Find Art Images


an index of online museums and image archives

Art Images for College Teaching

disseminates images in the public domain on a free-access, free-use basis


1.5 million digital images and a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes

DASE (Digital Archive SErvices) Collection

UT's own digital image archive.  The Art & Art History Visual Resources Collection (VRC) can be accessed here.

Google Art Project

More than 32,000 high resolution images from over 151 museums in 40 different countries.

Oxford Art

Online links to art images in galleries and museums around the world

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Fine Arts Library
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Other Guides:

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Artist Biographical Information

Write About Art

How do you cite an image?

A Short Guide to Writing about Art / Sylvan Barnet: N 7476 B37 2005 Fine Arts Library

Writing about Visual Art / David Carrier (ebook)

How to Write Art History / Anne D'Alleva: N 380 D26 2006 Fine Arts Library

Writing about Art / Henry M. Sayre: N 7476 S29 2009 Fine Arts Library

Information on art schools, museums, galleries

American Art Directory N 50 A54 Fine Arts Library Reference

Bi-annual directory of arts organizations, art schools, and art information centers

International Directory of Arts N 50 I6 2010 Fine Arts Library Reference

Listing of museums, universities, art associations, private galleries, and others

College Art Association:

Directory of Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts N 328 G73 2011 Fine Arts Library Reference

Directory of Graduate Programs in Art History N 385 G73 2011 Fine Arts Library Reference