General Art History Resources



Oxford Art Online

CSUSB's subscription includes Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. These resources serve as a good starting point to find encyclopedia-style entries on artists, styles, and periods.


CSUSB subscribes to this image database of nearly 1.5 million images. The images cover a large range of cultural heritage including art, history, anthropology, and more.

Smart history

Smart history was designed to be an alternative to the typical art history textbook. You can search by period, style, artist, and even theme. You'll find videos, images, essays, and suggestions for further reading.

Art Babble

This site aggregates videos from a range of reputable sources like museums and galleries. Here, you'll find interviews with artists, curators commentary on exhibitions, and other documentary or podcast style videos.

Rhizome Artbase

A free online archive of digital works that has been around since 1999. Submissions to the archive are reviewed by a curatorial staff.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The timeline runs from prehistory to modern day and includes maps, essays, images, and various ways to browse the timeline. This is a great place to begin your research

Museums and Galleries Collections

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