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Sem título, 1958 (woodcut on paper), Pape, Lygia (1929-2004) / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA / The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art, museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Foundation / Bridgeman Images
Portrait of Zulekha Banu of Dhaka, ca. 1918. Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion South Asia and Southeast Asia
Bowditch Alphabet, Danh Vo, 2010. Bridgeman images.
Manuscript 1511, Morgan Library New York. Index of Medieval Art.
Sem título, 1958 (woodcut on paper), Pape, Lygia (1929-2004) / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA / The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art, museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Foundation / Bridgeman Images
Portrait of Zulekha Banu of Dhaka, ca. 1918. Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion South Asia and Southeast Asia
Bowditch Alphabet, Danh Vo, 2010. Bridgeman images.
Manuscript 1511, Morgan Library New York. Index of Medieval Art.

Articles, images, e-books, videos and more

The Book Library provides access to a large collection of online resources for Courtauld students and staff. Use the lists below to link to resources; our own subscription resources, those that have been made temporarily available, and those that are fully open access.

The vast majority of resources are available on and off campus. Remote access is usually through Athens.

All Courtauld students and staff are eligible for Senate House Library membership, enabling access to SHL’s vast online resources collection.

For help and inspiration using the resources below you might find the ‘Top Tips’ videos at the bottom of the page useful.

17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers  (Gale Cengage Learning, via JISC)
The largest single collection of seventeenth and eighteenth century English news media available from the British Library

19th Century UK Periodicals  (Gale Cengage Learning, via JISC)
Fully searchable nineteenth century periodical literature of exceptional range and diversity

A&AePortal  (Yale)
A rich resource of ebooks and images originating from important art and architecture scholarship from leading university and museum publishers including out of print publications

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) (Fulcrum)
a digital collection of over 5,400 seminal books in the humanities and related social sciences

Adam Matthew Explorer  *Trial access until 3rd April 2021*
Access millions of pages of primary source collections across the entire portfolio of Adam Matthew Digital, spanning content from the 15th-21st centuries. We also have a trial of Empire Studies and Sex and Sexuality as part of the Adam Matthew Research Sources portfolio.

American Doctoral Dissertations (EBSCO)
Containing more than 172,000 theses and dissertations in total from 1902 to the present

Art & Architecture Source  (EBSCOhost)
With strong international coverage this offers the largest full-text art research database of journals, magazines and books as well as detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.

Art and Architecture Archive (ProQuest)
A comprehensive primary source collection of periodicals from 1860 onwards, broad in scope and enabling detailed full text research

Art, Design and Architecture Collection (ProQuest)
Provides content from specialist indexes including ArtBibliographies Modern (ABM), The Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) and The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) as well as access to over 500 titles in Art & Humanities Full Text.

Art History Research Net(AHR net) (Formerly known as Arts:Search) – Incorporates four linked databases:

  • ReVIEW – full text arts and architecture journals
  • Arts + Architecture ProFILES – biographical data
  • Design Abstracts Retrospective – abstracts of twentieth century journals about design and applied arts
  • Research Sources: 1. British and Irish Architecture and Decorative and Applied Arts 1850s to the 1930s
  • Research Sources: THE POSTER – a broad range of material related to this subject

Art Sales Catalogues Online (Brill)
Access to scanned historical art sales catalogues from 1600 to 1925, based on Frits Lugt’s Répertoire des Catalogues de Ventes Publiques intéressant

Streaming over 1500 films of international origin

Artifex Press Catalogues
Publishes digital catalogues raisonnés of a growing selection of twentieth century artists

With approximately 300 collections composed of over 2.5 million images (and growing), scholars can examine wide-ranging material such as Native American art from the Smithsonian, treasures from the Louvre, and panoramic views of the Hagia Sophia in a single resource

Askews and Holts VLeBooks
Offers access to an extensive number of eBooks, both new and backlist content
(This service replaced DawsonEra e-books on 1st August 2020.)

Berg Fashion Library (Bloomsbury)
Comprises more than 13,000 color images, over 100 academic eBooks, an invaluable museum directory, a unique exhibition archive plus reference works

Bridgeman Education (Bridgeman Art Library)
Provides access to an extensive collection of images from locations worldwide and enables complete usability for educational purposes.

British Library Newspapers (Gale Cengage Learning, via JISC)
An extensive selection of newspapers from the British Library collection, both regional and local, providing cultural, social and political insight into nineteenth century Britain

British Periodicals (ProQuest, via JISC)
This resource enables access to a huge number of facsimile page images and searchable full text of nearly 500 periodicals of wide ranging subject matter from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index   (ProQuest)
Contains over 24 million bibliographic records for a full range of nineteenth century source material including books, periodicals, official publications, newspapers and archives

Cambridge Companions  (Cambridge University Press)
A series of authoritative guides written by experts as an introduction to important writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods

Chicago Manual of Style
An essential guide, now in it’s seventeenth edition, with examples of every possible reference style

Country Life Archive 

Courtauld Institute of Art Research Portal
A key resource sharing the research output of the Institute’s academic staff from 1975 onwards

Critical Collective
Dedicated to editing and preserving writing on the visual arts in India, also expanded to include video and photography

Ebook Central  (ProQuest)
Holds a vast collection of authoritative ebooks in a range of subjects from the world’s top publishers together with a range of user tools and functions to enhance research

Ebook Collection (Ebsco)
Offers access to an extensive collection of new and backlist content

EEBO – Early English Books Online (JISC eCollections)
A vital resource for early modern materials incorporating over 125,000 titles published in Britain and British North America, and works in English printed elsewhere, between 1473 and 1700

Early European Books Online (ProQuest, via JISC)
Provides hugely detailed facsimile images of thousands of rare books dating from 1450 – 1700

the digitised collections of the Courtauld’s Slide Library comprising over 150,000 images

Gale Primary Sources
Links access to three databases allowing for broadened subject research across a wide range of primary source material:

  • British Library Newspapers
  • Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Burney Newspapers Collection

Harper’s Bazaar Archive
From the first US edition of 1867 this resource reproduces in it’s entirety the archive as well as current publications of the world’s oldest continuously published fashion magazine. It also includes good coverage of the UK edition.

Humanities Source Ultimate (EBSCOhost)
Wide ranging subject matter manifested in a diversity of publications and documents from arts reviews and obituaries to original works of fiction and bibliographies

Index of Medieval Art
An extensive scholarly database building on the print index begun in 1917 by Princeton scholars, featuring works from multiple medieval faith traditions as well as secular imagery comprising images and descriptive data related to the iconography of works of art produced between early apostolic times and the sixteenth century

International Encyclopedia of Surrealism
Presents the first comprehensive and systematic overview of one of the most influentual and enduring 20th century art movements, from its beginnings to the present day.  It features a 3-volume reference work, interactive timeline and rare archive images, portraits and artworks.

ITER – Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
ITER was formed to enhance learning in the study of the Renaissance and Middle Ages through online resources. It offers access to a number of databases including:

  • the Iter Bibliograpy
  • Paul Oskar Kristeller’s Iter Italicum: the most comprehensive finding list available of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts
  • The International Directory of Scholars
  • The Renaissance and Reformation Journal

JISC Historical Texts (JISC eCollections)
A full text digital archive enabling the cross-searching of content from the following databases covering thousands of texts published in the late fifteenth century to the long nineteenth century:

  • EEBO (Early English Books Online) – see listing above
  • ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) – more than 180,000 titles published in Great Britain and its colonies during the eighteenth century
  • BL 19th Century (British Library 19th Century Collection) – over 25 million pages of previously rare and inaccessible titles

JISC Journal Archives  (JISC eCollections)
A single platform providing access to journal archives from eight different publishers: Brill, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Physics, ProQuest, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Taylor and Francis as well as the complete run of the feminist magazine Spare Rib.

Designed to offer an expanding range of core journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. The provision offered in Arts and Sciences I, Arts and Sciences II, Arts and Sciences III and Arts and Sciences VII constitutes collections which have been developed to provide access to an ever greater range of disciplines and subject areas

An unique video streaming service offering, as they describe, ‘thoughtful’ and acclaimed content including documentaries, independent and other films as well as educational videos

(Gale Cengage Learning, via JISC)

Oxford Art Online
Unified access to Oxford’s leading art reference sources comprising:

  • Grove Art Online: The foremost scholarly art encyclopedia
  • Benezit Dictionary of Artists: Offering unique information about the sale and collection of artists’ work
  • The Oxford Companion to Western Art – In-depth coverage of Western Art encompassing critical appreciation and factual information on over 1700 artists from classical times to the twentieth century
  • The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics – A comprehensive survey of major concepts, thinkers and debates about the meaning, uses and value of all the arts
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms – Covers a wide range of terms from the visual art world, including materials, techniques and important styles and periods

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Access to 60,000 authoritative life stories of figures who have shaped British history, worldwide, from Roman times to the twenty first century.

Oxford English Dictionary Online
Regularly updated, the definitive guide to both the present-day meanings, and the history of, 600,000 words

Oxford Reference Online
Brings together over 100 titles from Oxford University Press’s award-winning Encyclopedias and Companions

Periodicals Archive Online (ProQuest, via JISC)
An extensive archive offering full-text coverage of hundreds of international periodicals in the humanities and social sciences encompassing two centuries of content

ProQuest Resources
A useful way of searching across all our subscribed ProQuest resources from one place

Vogue Archive (ProQuest, via JISC)
Makes accessible the complete backfile of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month and includes specialist indexing of full-page images enabling detailed searching

Vogue Italia Archive (ProQuest, via JISC)
Provides the full run of Vogue Italia, covering over half a century, again with the specialist indexing capability of Vogue Archive

Women’s Magazine Archive (ProQuest)
An archive comprising a range of key women’s interest magazines,  making available critical primary sources through which to interpret multiple aspects of 19th and 20th-century history and culture

Women’s Wear Daily (ProQuest)
The only digitised source of the archive of this influential publication with issues from 1910 onward

Multi-format resources

The Art World in Britain 1660 to 1735
(Provides researchers with a library of primary and secondary sources relating to the history of painting, collecting and the graphic arts during this period plus research tools in the form of a biographical dictionary, a database of art sales and a topographical dictionary)

Asia Art Archive
(Dedicated to building and developing a collection of material about recent histories of art in the region)

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) 1990-2007 and Répertoire international de la literature de l’art (RILA) 1975-1989
(Provided by the Getty Research Institute this combined database of the BHA and RILA covers European and American visual arts material including articles from over 1,200 journals )

Bibliotheca Palatina Digital
(Coordinated by the Heidelberg University Library, offering free access to the digital surrogates of German, Latin, and Greek manuscripts from the famed Bibliotheca Palatina)

Black Cultural Archives subject guides
(Each subject guide presents an historical overview, related items from the Black Cultural Archive’s collection and a bibliography to support further research)

British Art History Resources
(The Walpole Society offers a selective guide to freely available online resources for the study of the history of British art and architecture from earliest times to the 20th century)

British History Online
(Digital library bringing together material from the collections of libraries, archives, museums and academics spanning medieval to twentieth century content)

British Library’s Digital Collections
(Offering access to books, manuscripts, maps, scores, journals, research datasets, theses and databases)

Alexander Calder Foundation Archive
(The Calder foundation’s platform featuring thousands of artworks, photographs, archival documents and publications)

Centre Pompidou Digital Resources
(Digitised archive collections, mainly papers of 20th century artists and designers, from the Kandinsky Library of the Centre Pompidou)

Documents of Latin American and Latino Art
(Over 8,000 documents, from the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

Drawing Matter
(Fast growing repository of texts that explore the role of drawing in architectural thought and practice)

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trades
(The lives of individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in the historical trade)

Fashion History Timeline
(Featuring objects and artworks from over a hundred museums and libraries that span the globe, along with well-researched, accessibly written entries)

The online library of the National Library of France and its partners, providing access to several million documents, including images, digitised books, audio visual content and more)

The Getty Provenance Index Databases
(Provides access to archival inventories, sales catalogues, and dealer stock books)

Global Social Theory
(A free resource for students, teachers, academics, and others interested in social theory and wishing to understand it in global perspective. It emerges from a long-standing concern with the parochiality of standard perspectives on social theory)

(The Graphikportal is a portal covering the holdings of dozens of printrooms in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands (and many more to follow). The database is searchable by artist, subject, medium, date and collection)

Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT) (CNRS)
(Enables access to more than 72,000 digital reproductions of medieval manuscripts, produced by the IRHT or acquired from foreign libraries) 

International Foundation for Art Research
(Offers bibliographic databases: one of published catalogues raisonnés and one of catalogues in preparation plus information about collecting, provenance and art law and cultural property)

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
(Focuses on Medieval source documents with some additional resources including maps, secondary sources, bibliographies, images and music)

Italian Renaissance Learning Resources 
(A collaboration between the National Gallery of Art, Washington and Grove Art Online, this resource explores different themes in Italian Renaissance art including more than 300 images and 42 primary source texts)

(An organised links directory for the arts & humanities, listing selected open access or otherwise free e-journals)

Legacies of British Slave-ownership
(From The Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership has been established at UCL)

Lewis Walpole Library
(A research centre for eighteenth-century studies and an essential resource for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill)

Library Stack
(A public catalog of born-digital media from artists, designers, critics, theorists and philosophers. Material labelled Common Access is freely available)

Living Collections – Walker Art Center
(A large online publishing project, in three volumes so far, on modern and contemporary art: On Performativity; Art Expanded, 1958-78; Collaborative Artistic Practices, 1960s-80s)

(2020 has brought the concepts of loss and capture into stark relief across space and time. Loss/Capture explore the rich and complex cultural experiences, contributions, and challenges of Black life across time and temporality)

Mapping Sculpture – Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951
(Database created from the first authoritative study of sculptors investigated in the context of creative collaborations, art infrastructures, professional networks and cultural geographies)

Medieval Digital Resources
(Curated database of peer-reviewed digital materials for the study of the Middle Ages. Browse an alphabetical list or search using controlled-vocabulary subject tags to find online resources of many types)

Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance
(Provides a searchable database of digital resources for medieval studies including texts, manuscript facsimiles, and many others)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Publications with Full-text Online
(Access to books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades)

Open Community Collections
(JSTOR’s continuously expanding Open Community Collections feature Open Access primary source materials in a wide variety of subjects contributed by libraries, museums, and archives)

The Royal Academy Summer exhibition: a chronicle, 1769-2018
(Digital publication that explores the history of the Summer Exhibition including 250 digitised catalogues and essays)

Travel, Transculturality and Identity in England, 1550-1700
(TIDE is a 5-year European Research Council funded project that aims to investigate how mobility in the great age of travel and discovery shaped English perceptions of human identity based on cultural identification and difference.)

Umbra Search
(Makes African American history more accessible, bringing together hundreds of thousands digitized materials from over 1,000 libraries and archives across the US)

Understanding Slavery Initiative
(A national learning project which supports the teaching and learning of transatlantic slavery and its legacies using museum and heritage collections)

Vetusta Monumenta
(Digital edition of the major Society of Antiquaries 18th century print series. High-quality scans of the original copperplate engravings, with full text and new scholarly commentary)





AA Photo Library
(Database of photographic images by the Architectural Association School of Architecture)

American Center of Oriental Research Archive (ACOR)
(A photographic archive of thousands of rare photos of Jordan and the Middle East and North Africa region available online for research and educational use. Based in Amman, Jordan.)

Art & Architecture
(Database of images from The Courtauld Institute of Art Collections)

Art UK
(Successor to BBC: Your Paintings, Art UK is the online home for every public art collection in the UK)

(Belgium’s art history in over 750,000 images from the Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage)

Barnes Collection Online
(Images from the Barnes Foundation Philadelphia)

Base Joconde
(Images of works in French national collections)

Bassano Fashion Photography
(Collection of images documenting clothing, fashion and accessories taken at the studios of Bassano Limited in early twentieth century London – Particularly useful for History of Dress students) 

British Museum Collection Online
(Unparalleled access to objects in the collection, including the British Museum’s large collection of prints and drawings)

British Printed Images to 1700
(Digital library of prints and book illustrations from early modern Britain)

(Brings together portions of the Bodleian libraries’ collections)

The Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture
(Identifies, records, and publishes English sculpture dating from the 7th to the 11th centuries)

The Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA)
(A British Academy Research Project, hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York, including a digital picture archive containing more than 28,000 images)

The Elements of Drawing: John Ruskin’s teaching collection at Oxford
(John Ruskin’s teaching collection: images and catalogues, including his notes and instructions)

(Draws from the most important collections of emblematica worldwide; partners include Glasgow University Library and Utrecht University)

(Access to over 50 million digitised items comprising cultural material from Europe’s institutions)

The Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections
(Images from GSA’s wide ranging collections and institutional archive)

Google Arts and Culture
(Content from over 2000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute)

Gothic Ivories
(Launched in October 2008 at the Courtauld Institute of Art : consists of an online database of ivory sculptures made in Western Europe ca. 1200-ca.1530, as well as neo-Gothic pieces)

Guggenheim Collection Online
(A searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists)

Historic England
(Access to photographs, plans and drawings in their public archive, covering the historic environment of England)

Incorporated Church Building Society (ICBS) (formerly Church Plans Online)
(An online image system containing selected images from the Library’s collections)

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
(Online image collection)

LACMA Collections
(Images from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Western United States)

The Machiel Kiel Photographic Archive 
(Netherlands Institute in Turkey have made available around 1800 images from this archive comprising Ottoman-Islamic architectural monuments in the Southeast-European countries, Ottoman monuments located in Turkish Thrace and Ottoman architectural monuments in the Balkans )

Manar al-Athar
(Based at the University of Oxford, this is a free image resource for the study of the Middle East)

Mandragore : base iconographique du département des Manuscrits
(Over 170,000 records relating to works preserved in the Manuscript Department and the Arsenal Library)

Manuscripta Mediaevalia
(Manuscript portal that gives access to western manuscripts (or catalogues of those manuscripts) from mostly German libraries)

Manuscripts Online
(Enables you to search a diverse body of online primary resources relating to written and early printed culture in Britain during the period 1000 to 1500)

The MET Collection
(More than 406,000 hi-res images of public-domain works in The Met collection)

Musée d’Orsay Works in Focus
(Explore images of hundreds of works in the collection, with in depth coverage in several languages)

Musées de la Ville de Paris
(Explore images from the combined collections of the museums of Paris, excluding the Musée d’Orsay)

National Gallery Picture Library
(Enables a search of more than 2600 paintings in the collection)

Réunion des musées nationaux : agence photographique
(Produces the photo inventory of collections kept in the national museums of France with access to over 430,000 images)

(Visual archive of over 100,000 digital images from the collections of the British Architectural Library: Library of the Royal Institute of British Architects)

RKD Images
(Over 250,000 images from the Netherlands Institute for Art History)

The Rose Window
(Begun in 2008, and now has over 40,000 images of stained glass at nearly 500 locations, mostly in England, France, and Italy.)

Smithsonian Open Access
(Access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from the Smithsonian collections)

Studio Museum in Harlem collection
(The permanent collection represents more than 600 artists, spans 200 years of history and includes over 2,500 works of art; the online collection represents the early stages of a long-term project to prompt a new era of exploration and presentation)

VADS: the Online Resource for Visual Arts
(A portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 140,000 images compiled by the Visual Arts Data Service)

Web Gallery of Art
(A somewhat dated but very comprehensive virtual museum and searchable database of European fine arts from the 3rd to 19th centuries)

Wellcome Collections
(Thousands of images on the history of health and human experience)

York Minster Stained Glass Navigator
(Providing public access to high-resolution photography undertaken by the York Glaziers Trust on behalf of the Chapter of York, of the Minster’s Great East Window and the St Cuthbert’s window)


Audio visual

(A new project from the University of Michigan and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, providing original multimedia content developed by scholars from across the field of Islamic art)

(Resources for exploring British-based artists’ film and video. LUXONLINE was developed from 2004, and although it is not currently being updated it remains a very useful resource; it was since replaced by the LUX Collection. You can now also rent artists’ films on Lux’s ‘on demand’ LUXPLAYER.)

UbuWeb: Film & Video
(Presents thousands of avant-garde films and videos covering a huge number of artists)


Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
(Thirteen open access books published by Sternberg Press and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

The British Museum Research Publications Online
(Some publications such as the Chronology of Temporary Exhibitions at the British Museum are freely accessible online)

Courtauld Books Online
(A series of online scholarly books published by The Courtauld Institute of Art)

The Digital Piranesi
(Digitised versions of Piranesi’s Opere (1837-9), a set of twenty-nine elephant-folio volumes. From University of South Carolina)

France et Angleterre: manuscrits médiévaux entre 700 et 1200
(800 manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France; view manuscripts side by side, and find manuscripts by date, language, place of origin, author or subject)

Getty Publications Virtual Library
(Over 250 backlist titles from Getty Publications)

The Getty Research Portal
(An aggregator of digitized art history primary sources)

Guggenheim Museum Publications
(The Guggenheim Museum offers open access to many of it’s exhibition catalogues and art publications via the Internet Archive)

(A small selection of books from the Museum’s press are fully open access, but most can be previewed – with generous extracts (at least one essay or chapter) often provided)

OAPEN Library
(Online library and publication platform which works with publishers to build a quality-controlled collection of open access books spanning a broad range of topics)

Open Access eBooks on JSTOR
(Thousands of publications are available from top scholarly publishers, including Brill, Cornell University Press, De Gruyter, and University of California Press)

Punctum Books
(Independent open access publisher, particularly strong on cultural studies)

The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition Catalogues 1870 – 1939
(Browse through 250 years of the Royal Academy annual Summer Exhibition catalogues from the very first exhibition in 1769 to the present and the Winter Exhibition catalogues from their inception in 1870 through to 1939)

Tate Research Publications Online
(Major research projects culminating in online publications encompassing essays and artworks relating to exhibitions held by Tate as part of the project as well as film and video. They provide in-depth research of key areas of interest from the Sublime to Performance)

Utah State University Press
(Over 40 exhibition catalogues made available by Utah State University Creative Commons)

University of California Press E-book Collection 1982-2004
(The publishing group at the California digital library have made over 2000 academic titles available electronically of which around a quarter are open access)

Walker Art Center Living Collections
(A large online publishing project, in three volumes so far, on modern and contemporary art: On Performativity; Art Expanded, 1958-78; Collaborative Artistic Practices, 1960s-80s)

Online journals

1000 Words Photography: Contemporary Photography Magazine Online
(Leading online contemporary photography magazine. It commissions and publishes exhibition and photo book reviews, essays and interviews. From 2008 to date)

(South Africa’s leading contemporary visual arts publication, reporting on the national arts scene and the involvement of South African artists in the international art world)

Blue Mountain Project: Historic Avant-Garde Periodicals
(Based at Princeton, the Blue Mountain Project is a digital research collection of the full runs of art, music and literary periodicals published internationally between 1848 and 1923; it includes high quality digital images, full-text searching, and descriptive essays)

British Art Studies
(Provides new peer-reviewed scholarship on all aspects of British art, architecture, and visual culture co-published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Yale Center for British Art. Issue 1 (2015) to date)

Burlington Contemporary 
(An open access, peer-reviewed journal from the Burlington Magazine)

CeROArt – Conservation, exposition, Restauration d’Objets d’Art
(Webjournal and platform for pluridisciplinary approaches in issues of conservation, exhibition and conservation of works of art. Issue 1 (2007) to date)

Colnaghi Studies Journal 
(Publishes texts on significant pre-twentieth-century artworks in the European tradition that have recently come to light or about which new research is underway, as well as on the history of their collection. Issue 1 (2017) to date)

Contemporary Aesthetics
(International, interdisciplinary, peer- and blind-reviewed open-access online journal of contemporary theory, research, and application in aesthetics. Vol. 1 (2003) to date)

Crossings: Electronic Journal of Art & Technology
(Peer-reviewed multidisciplinary academic journal that aims to explore the areas where technology and art intersect. Vol. 1 (2001) – vol. 6 (2012) 

Ctrl+P: Journal of Contemporary Art
(Designed to be widely shared, this unique critical art publication, founded in 2006 and produced in Manila, is unrestricted by a publication schedule and each issue is uploaded as soon as enough content is submitted)

Digital Medievalist 

Directory of Open Access Journals
(Online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals) 

eHumanista : journal of Medieval and early modern Iberian studies
(Peer-reviewed with articles on Spanish and Portuguese Medieval and Early Modern Literatures and Cultures)

Early Modern Low Countries
(State-of-the-art scholarship on the turbulent history and vibrant culture of the region from 1500 to 1830)

Etudes photographiques
(Published by the Société française de photographie this journal looks at the history of photography and visual culture. No. 1 (1996) – no. 35 (2017)

Érudit open access journals
(Around 85 open access titles from Canadian academic publisher Érudit, covering numerous disciplines including arts, visual arts, cinema and women’s studies)

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
(Covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. A dated-looking website, but new content is still being added and the quality is good)

Feminist Africa
(Cutting-edge, informative and provocative African scholarship attuned to feminist agendas)

The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe
(Focuses on literary, historical, folkloric studies and the material culture that underpins the period from the beginning of the fourth century to the beginning of the thirteenth century. Issue 3 (2000) to date)

Hortulus : the online graduate journal of Medieval studies 

Independent Voices
(Collection of alternative press, newspapers, magazines and journals produced by groups who wanted their voices heard outside the mainstream in the latter part of the twentieth century)

Journal18 – A journal of eighteenth-century art and culture
(The first journal dedicated to the field of eighteenth-century art history, publishing thematic issues of articles investigating all aspects of eighteenth-century visual and material culture. Issue 1 (2016) to date)

Journal of Art Historiography
(Cross-disciplinary  journal dedicated to the self-critical exploration of art history as a methodological practice. Issue 1 (Dec 2009) to date)

Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art
(Peer reviewed journal focussing on art (and related disciplines) produced in the Netherlands  during the early modern period (c.1400-c.1750), and in other countries and later periods as they relate to Netherlandish art. Vol.1 (2009) to date)

kunst texte
(Described as a journal on visual and art history, divided into, and published in, sections covering multi-disciplinary approaches and syntheses)

Marginalia : journal of the Medieval Reading Group at the University at Cambridge 

Medieval worlds
(Austrian Academy of Sciences)

The Modernist Journals Project
(Digital editions of culturally significant magazines from 1890 to 1922) 

National Gallery Technical Bulletin
(Leading publication based on the study of materials and techniques of painting and the scientific examinations of paintings. Vol.1 1977 to vol.36 2016 available for free download)

Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide: a Journal of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture
(Scholarly, refereed journal devoted to the study of nineteenth-century painting, sculpture and graphic arts, photography, architecture, and decorative arts across the globe. Vol.1 (2002) to date)

PANORAMA: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art
(Peer-reviewed publication dedicated to American art and visual culture (broadly defined)  from the colonial period to the present day. Issue 1. (2015) to date)

Reading Medieval Studies 

RIHA Journal
(Launched by the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art, the journal is edited by 32 member institutes over 21 countries and appears in various languages, encouraging a broad and international approach to publishing art historical research)

Southeast of Now
(Aims to look and listen closely to the discursive spaces of art in, from, and around the region that is referred to as Southeast Asia, from a historical perspective)

Studio Magazine
(A leading art publication, from the Studio Museum in Harlem, with a focus on contemporary artists of African descent)

Tate Papers
(Journal publishing scholarly articles on British and modern international art, and on museum practice today with reference to but equally not limited to Tate’s collection. No. 1 (2004) to date)

Bibliographic and referencing

(3 services in one: Zetoc Search provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC), comprising of more than more than 65.5 million article citations and conference papers. Zetoc Alert is a current awareness service that sends you email alerts matching  search criteria that you provide. Zetoc RSS enables you to subscribe to feeds for individual journals.)

Reference sources

Dictionary of Scottish Architects
(Biographical information and job lists for all architects known to have worked in Scotland during the period 1660-1980, whether as principals, assistants or apprentices)

Encyclopaedia Iranica Online
(Founded by the late Professor Ehsan Yarshater and edited at the Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University, this most renowned reference work is now available open access from Brill)

Wayback Machine
(Archived webpages from Internet Archive)

Institutional repositories and theses

ART-Dok: Digital Repository Art History
(The publishing platform for providing access to 6,689 academic publications)

DEEP: Dart-Europe E-theses Portal
(A partnership of research libraries and library consortia maintaining a central portal for European e-thesis aggregation and access)

EBSCO OpenDissertations
This free database now incorporates EBSCO’s previously released American Doctoral Dissertations and provides researchers with access to records for more than 1.2 million electronic theses and dissertations from around the world spanning the early 20th century to the present.

EThOS ( Electronic Theses Online Service) 
(A British Library initiative which provides access to over 500,000 UK doctoral theses online)

Feminist Art Theses
(A pioneering resource with international scope making available PhD and MA theses written about feminist art and contemporary women artists)   

OpenDOAR: the directory of open access repositories
(An authoritative global directory enabling users to find institutional, subject-based or governmental repositories of open access material)

OPUS-Datenbank: Elektronische Hochschulschriften
(Hosted by the University Library of the Berlin University of the Arts this is their online publication platform for members of the university)

Catalogues raisonnés

Burne-Jones Catalogue Raisonné
(Catalogue in progress for Edward Burne-Jones. There are, to date, well over 3,500 works visible, with over 7,500 images)

The paintings, watercolours and drawings of Paul Cézanne: an online catalogue raisonné
(The first compilation of the artist’s complete works since Lionello Venturi’s 1936 Oeuvre catalogue)



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