WESTERN ART: A CONCISE GUIDE
TO USE THIS
This e-book is your basic textbook for Art 103. I would suggest downloading the files to your own computer so you
can use them offline. However, there are many links to larger images, videos, etc. that you can only use when you
are connected to the internet.
Bold type is used for terms you should know.
Links (underlined and in blue/purple font) in the captions to illustrations or within the text will take you to larger
images or the site for the museum where the piece is held. Often the museum site will have more information.
As you’re clicking on links you’ll realize that I have some favorite art history sites. These are good to explore
beyond the specific links I give you. They are listed here for your reference:
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum)—authoritative articles on many topics
related to our class and beyond.
SmartHistory videos from Kahn Academy. I especially like the ones that take you to particular sites.
Fun to explore—but you’ll get tired of the piano.
Louvre website A little hard to navigate but worth exploring.
It will often be important to access image databases. Of course you can just google a title, but sometimes you’ll
find things that are labeled incorrectly or (worse) have viruses. Here are three sites that are reliable:
Google Art Project: high resolution images of art from museums throughout the world. Not
downloadable, but you can create a collection of your own.
Web Gallery of Art—great for art before
Artcyclopedia: links to other sites with images; good for more recent artists.
ArtStor: Register using your wfu email address. Say you’re a student with the Art Department.