External Links

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Use these links along with others you find on your own to support your coursework. To incorporate images in your assignments, please check the associated rights on the website where you located the image. Also you may wish to find out how copyright works for private research and study where you live. A local public, school or university librarian may be able to assist you with this question.

Images available under Creative Commons

General collections


  • African Art: Death and Rebirth: Sculpture images and text describing ritual beliefs from African cultures. Other themes included.
  • Art of Burkina Faso Africa: This site has information and links to images of unique African masks, costumes and decorations from tribes in the Burkina Faso region of Africa


Art History

  • Bradshaw Foundation: Excellent source for images and information on prehistoric rock art, Cycladic figures, the Pyramids, ancient temples and geometric signs.
  • Art History Links: An amazing collection of links specific to sites related to the practice of art history, many are written, not visual, information.
  • Web Gallery of Art: Good reference for lots of art history images.
  • Smarthistory: Smarthistory.org is a free and open, not-for-profit, art history textbook. We use multimedia to deliver unscripted conversations between art historians about the history of art.
  • The Art Story: Movements, Artists, Theory and the Progression of Art History.


  • Tibetan Book of the Dead: Literature and Artwork on Prayer, Ritual, and Meditation from the Religious Traditions of Tibet, India and Nepal. Special Collections Department at the University of Virginia Library.


  • ART 21: Includes interviews with major contemporary artists, studio visits and explanations of their work.
  • Mark Hardin's Artchive: Great link with alphabetical listing of artists, mostly contemporary and historical European.
  • Saatchi Gallery, London: Cutting edge contemporary art, plus a site where any artist can post their work.
  • The Starn Studio: Website of contemporary American artists Mike and Doug Starn. Photographs and installations.
  • The Berardo Collection: Extensive collection of modern and contemporary art.


Islamic Art

Library databases

For access to these sites, please check with your campus library or public library

  • ARTstor: Nearly one million images here.
  • CAMIO: 95,000 images of all kinds.
  • JStor: Includes more than a thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources, a trusted source for academic content.

Middle East

  • Modern Architecture in the Middle East: “Two Cities, Four Architects” offers four short interviews with contemporary architects working on building projects in Doha and Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. From the New York Times webpage.

North America