General Art Research Sources 

Online Art Research Resources

Along with the online resources and eJournals the NGI Library and Archives subscribe to, the below list outlines a selection of free online resources for the research of various fields within visual art practice and history. 

Met Museum Publications

The Met provide full-text access to over 1,700 art history publications. This wide range of eBooks includes The Age of Caravaggio (1985); After Daguerre: Masterworks of French Photography 1848–1900 from the Bibliothèque Nationale (1980); European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1996); Treasures of Early Irish Art, 1500 B.C. to 1500 A.D. (1977): 20th-Century Art: A Resource for Educators (1999) and many more.

The Getty Research Portal

A free online search platform providing worldwide access to an extensive collection of digitised art history texts from a range of institutions.

Art History Research Net

AHR net combines five art history databases in one space. It provides a cross-search portal to:

  • ReView

  • Arts + Architecture Profiles

  • Design Abstracts Retrospective

  • Research Sources 1: British & Irish Architecture and Decorative and Applied Arts 1850s to the 1930s

  • Research Sources 2: The Poster

Access to AHR net is currently available until April 2021. Please contact for login details.

Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art

The JHNA is a peer-reviewed eJournal focused on art produced in the Netherlands (north and south) during the years c.1400- c.1750, and in other countries and later periods as they relate to Netherlandish art. Submissions are encouraged on painting, sculpture, graphic arts, tapestry, architecture, and decoration, from the perspectives of art history, art conservation, technical studies, museum studies, historiography, and collecting history.

Open Arts Archive

A live and open archive from the Open University, providing free access to a wealth of artistic, cultural and educational resources, including talks, seminars, study days, artists’ podcasts, artist interviews, curators’ talks and exhibitions.


Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art

Peer-reviewed electronic publication dedicated to American art and visual culture from the colonial period to the present day. It encourages a broad range of perspectives and approaches within an interdisciplinary framework encompassing both local and global contexts.  Content provides insight to both traditional and new historical and interpretive approaches to American art.

Journal18: A Journal of Eighteenth-century Art and Culture

Explores the multilayered nature of eighteenth-century art focusing on artworks "that bear traces of multiple hands as a result of workshop production, cross-cultural exchange, re-use, restoration, vandalism, or other factors".

The 1862 International Exhibition, London

In 1862, thousands of objects from 36 different countries were displayed together to represent the best of the raw, crafted and manufactured. This website offers articles and academic essays that share research about the visitor experience of 1862 and the culture of exhibiting in the nineteenth-century.

Watercolour World

A free online database of pre-1900 documentary watercolours from public and private collections around the world.

British Printed Images to 1700

This website, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, makes available a database of thousands of prints and book illustrations from early modern Britain in fully searchable form. 

World Digital Library 

Provides significant primary materials from all countries and cultures. The principal objectives of the World Digital Library are to: Promote international and intercultural understanding; Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet; Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences; Build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries.