While any school with a full art history program should consider suscribing to Artstor, an expensive but outstanding digital library of high-quality images of artworks, schools that do not offer art history as a separate subject or do not have the budget to support Artstor shouldn't feel completely out of the digital image loop. There are still plenty of free sources of high-quality, well-documented images out there. In my next few blog posts, I'll survey some of the best.
Let's start with New York, my home base.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for one, is constantly expanding its digital collection of zoomable images. The Met's Timeline of Art History is also a terrific source of images, along with timelines, maps, and historical overviews. Located just a few blocks south on Fifth Avenue, the Frick Collection also offers a large online library of zoomable images of many of the well-known works of art in its galleries.
Elsewhere in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art has a searchable online archive of 1690 artists and 5512 objects from the museum's collection. The Rubin Museum, also in New York, specializes in the arts of the Himalayas and offers online visitors a small but well-designed collection of high-resolution images of these objects.