Electronic Resources: Art History


Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
The most important bibliography for art historical sources.  Entries are split by date of publication BHA (to 2007) and IBA (from 2008).  BHA is publicly accessible; IBA is UCB access only.

An essential bibliographic source with topographical, time, and index search fields.

Online Resources for Medieval Art and Architecture (Harvard)
Contains a wide variety of bibliographic aids.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Contains various bibliographies and a database of saints' lives. Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.


Image Databases


The ARTstor Digital Library - UCB access only
A nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. [description adapted from website]

A digital image archive for Art and Cultural Sciences. Prometheus enables the convenient search for images on a common user interface within different image archives, variable databases from institutes, research facilities and museums. Currently you are able to search in 62 art historian, design, architectural, theological, historian and archaeological image databases with 791,590 images in total. The Prometheus archive offers you a simple search that searches in all fields for your query terms or an advanced search that allows you to combine your search criteria in different ways or to pick certain databases for a more selective search. You can also use it for storing and presenting your picture collections. [description adapted from website]

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur
This free resource offers 2,000,000 pictures (art and architecture) in 13 European countries. It combines the digitalized collections of 80 different institutions.

Index of Christian Art (Princeton) - UCB access only
Their website describes the extent of their collection: “works of art produced without geographical limitations from early apostolic times up to A.D. 1550 (extended in the case of the Morgan and Princeton Library projects to include this manuscript holdings up to the middle of the sixteenth century)." As is to be expected, there is a particular emphasis and focus on art of the western world. This has been corrected over the last few years with the addition of significant holdings from Coptic Egypt, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Syria, Armenia, and the Near East. Seventeen different media are represented in the archive, including manuscripts, metalwork, sculpture, painting, glass, etc.


Digitized Manuscript Collections

British Library (Latin, Greek, Arabic)

Gallica – Bibliotheque Nationale
Gallica is the site for online resources (manuscripts, incunabula, early-printed books) from the Bibliotheque Nationale.

Bodleian Library

The Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland   
More than seven hundred manuscripts from collections throughout Switzerland.

Manuscripta Mediaevalia
75,000 documents about occidental manuscripts (mostly preserved in German libraries).