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Federal Government Databases and Search Engines: Art


There are lots of museums, galleries and the like online with exhibits along with information.

National Gallery of Art - illustrating major achievements in painting, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to today.

 'Artistic Exchange: Europe & the Islamic World' - presents 31 paintings, bowls, & other objects that illustrate the Islamic world's influence on European art. Elements of Islamic art are identified in each of the European pieces, which date back to the Middle Ages.

Origins of European Printmaking - features 12 early woodcuts, books, & printed textiles examining the role of replicated images in late medieval culture; the advent of mass produced images in Europe in the 15th century made it possible for all people, not just the wealthy, to own a picture.

Monumental Sculpture from Renaissance Florence - celebrates the first fully realized Renaissance works of art: 15th century statues at the church of Orsanmichele in Florence. They combine the spiritual expressiveness of the Middle Ages with a level of realism and individuality not seen in Western art since antiquity. With these works, the new and revolutionary Renaissance style was born. (National Gallery of Art)

Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting - examines the Renaissance in Venice when three great masters were working side by side (1500 to 1530)(National Gallery of Art)

Earth as Art: A Landsat Perspective - shows striking photos of Aleutian clouds, Atlas Mountains (Morocco), Bolivian deforestation, the Great Salt Desert in Iran, Dragon Lake (Siberia), the Everglades, Ganges River delta, Iceland fjord, Karman vortices, Kilimanjaro (East Africa), the world's largest glacier (Lambert Glacier), & more.

American Focus

A few sorts of online exhibits:

'Coso Rock Art' - examines one of the most extensive & best-preserved concentrations of prehistoric rock art in the U.S.; see photos & learn about the people who made these 250,000 drawings on rocks at China Lake, California, 1000 to 3000 years ago.

'American Impressionism and Realism' - provides essays on 12 paintings and biographies of 8 artists: William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), Childe Hassam (1859-1935), J. Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917), Robert Henri (1865-1929), Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924), Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), and John Singer Sargent (1856-1925).

Exploring Themes in American Art - 10 illustrated essays exploring themes in American art: abstraction, the figure, historical subjects, landscape, marine painting, portraiture, narrative, genre, still life, and topographical views.

Smithsonian: Art and Design - features portraits of famous Americans, African and Asian art, modern Japanese prints, Latino artists, illustrated manuscripts of Persian lyrical poetry, paintings by James Whistler and Gerhard Richter, lighthouse postcards, lunch containers, Tibetan healing mandalas, famous 20th-century American women, and the Smithsonian's blog, "Eye Level," which looks at how art reflects our history and culture.

Interact - offers interactive explorations of American art -- slideshows, artists' studios, art restoration, lectures by art critics,

artists discussing their craft. (American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

John Wilmerding Collection - a slideshow of more than 30 paintings and works collected by John Wilmerding, an authority on American art; 19th and early 20th century landscapes and seascapes by Heade and Lane, still lifes by Peto and Decker, figure paintings by Homer and Eakins, and works by Church, Bingham, and Kensett. (NGA)

Picturing America - introduce students to America's art treasures and promote American history and culture of 20 posters including images of "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,""Washington Crossing the Delaware," and "Looking Down Yosemite Valley," and works by Audubon, Catlin, Benton, Cole, Homer, Rockwell, Wyeth, and others. (NEH)


There is an great deal of information available starting with:

Meet the Artist features interviews with artists - a playwright, dancer, musical conductor, storyteller, musician, photographer, puppeteer, and others. (MA)

Gerard ter Borch - displays 14 pieces by one of the finest of all Dutch 17th-century painters. Ter Borch (1617-1681) was unrivaled at capturing the elegance & grace of wealthy burghers & expressing with subtlety the interactions between figures. He is renowned for his refined interior scenes & his mastery in rendering materials, particularly satins, which are notoriously difficult to paint. (NGA)

Alexander Calder - looks at the works, working methods, & the life of a man who revolutionized sculpture by introducing movement as a key component. Take a virtual tour of the "mobiles" (a form of sculpture he invented) & "stabiles" that use untraditional materials & that, at the time, challenged the prevailing notion of sculpture as a composition of masses & volumes.

Cezanne in Provence - marks the centenary of the death of Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), a founding father of modern art. He created some of the most powerful and innovative paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; images of more than 30 paintings and drawings by this key figure in the impressionist and post impressionist movements.

Dan Flavin: A Retrospective - the life & works of an artist whose career-long exploration of light established him as a progenitor & chief exponent of minimalism. His use of fluorescent light is featured in this exhibit, the first comprehensive retrospective on one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century.

Winslow Homer - 19th century artist, follow his career and works from Civil War battlefields and farmlands to the North Sea fishing village of Cullercoats, the rocky coast of Maine, the Adirondacks, and the Caribbean. See 35 high-resolution images of his paintings; video clips about his life (1836-1910). (National Gallery of Art)

Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries - more than 50 years a representative collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs of one of the most influential figures in early twentieth-century art (National Gallery of Art); see his photos and interviesw at Alfred Stieglitz

Gilbert Stuart - examines the life & career of early America's most successful portraitist, (1755-1828) is known for his portraits of famous people of early America, including the first five Presidents of the U.S. (NGA)

Let the World In: Prints by Robert Rauschenberg - looks at prints and the development of this American artist

who rose to prominence in the 1950s; his prints brought commonplace objects and representational images back into the avant-garde steering print studios in new directions. (National Gallery of Art)

Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris - celebrates the range of the self-taught French painter's work. Known for his jungle scenes and taxidermy-like wild animals, Rousseau (1844-1910) is among the most famous of naive artists; this site explores themes in his paintings: landscapes of Paris, allegories, portraits, forests, jungles, and more. An interactive feature lets children of all ages create Rousseau-inspired fantasy landscapes.

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