Resources for Artist Research

Resources for Artist Research

Sourced from -

Rene Magritte, Son of Man. Oil painting, 1964. Source:

  • Always cite your sources!
  • Look critically at the quality of your sources. Websites for newspapers, universities (.edu), museums, research institutes, government research organizations, or the websites of artists themselves are superior to Pinterest, Wikipedia, or the personal websites of people whose qualifications are unknown.
  • If you use a non-scholarly source like Wikipedia to get an overview of a subject, go to the bottom of the page where it lists “References.” Use these sources to learn more about your topic.

Some good resources for research:

National Museum (Janpath, Delhi, India) -
A great resource for Indian paintings, sculptures, armor and more.National Museum of African Art (Washington DC, United States) -
You need to scroll down and click links such as “Tradition / Gallery One” or “Contemporary / Gallery One” to start accessing artwork images. Includes some insightful analysis of the specific works. 

Musée  du Louvre (Paris, France) -

Museum of Modern Art (New York City, United States) -

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City) -

Google Cultural Institute (Google Art Project) -

BBC Modern Masters – overview of the life and work of Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol
A great source of free, online art history books and publications from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.The Tate Museum (UK) - Influential Photographers - Naomi Foster Library at ACI has a great collection of art history books. Ask one of our librarians to help you find them!