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Last Updated: Oct 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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"Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life" - Oscar Wilde

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Recommended Databases & Websites

  • Archives of American Art
    Smithsonian’s research center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America. Also a useful tool for locating artist papers and gallery records.
  • Artcyclopedia
    An online encyclopedia dedicated to art history. Search by artist name, artwork title, or museum for biographical information and to see museum holdings by artist. Also features art news from around the world and includes browsable lists of artists by movements, nationalities, and subjects.
  • MetPublications
    A project by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries that offers in-depth access to the Museum's publications. Publications dating from 1869 to 1963 are being digitized, and thus far over 600 pre-1924 Museum publications have been made available.
  • MoMA Library
    Search all materials available in the MoMA library, including books, periodical titles, exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, pamphlet files, artists' books, special collections materials, and websites.
  • NYPL Digital Gallery
    Access to digitized images from the New York Public Library’s collection including historical menus, illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs.
  • Smithsonian Art Inventories
    Combining the Inventory of American Paintings and the Inventory of American Sculpture, these Art Inventories provide information on over 400,000 artworks in public and private collections worldwide. Search this database to locate works by an artist and institutions owning the artist’s works.

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