heilbrunn timeline of art history

anonymous asked:

How can I get into art? Like, I am into art, but how can I learn about it?

In many ways!  The first I would suggest would be to go to your local museum (if you have one).  Most museums offer tours (sometimes free), so take one!  Alternatively, you can walk around and read the plaques, or get an audio guide, if they have them.

Next, use the internet to your advantage!

  • I know Wikipedia is “untrustworthy” but I think it’s a really great source, especially for just finding stuff out.  Look up your favorite artist or your favorite painting and just read about them, and then click all the links and read those articles too.  Some other online resources:
  • Khan Academy - we used this in my art history class last year.  It goes along with the AP course curriculum, but it has way more than just that.  They have fantastic videos and articles about all types of art, and they’re very interesting and informative.  They also have lots of other topics, but I’ve never really explored anything aside from art history
  • Google Culture - this is new, and I haven’t really looked at it, but @asteriaria recently told me about it and it seems awesome!  You can explore artists, eras, exhibits, etc.! Just to show you, I took a few screenshots of my favorite era/painter, and they have exhibits from different museums, articles, the works, a timeline of all the artists of different eras together, etc… It’s amazing.
  • The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - I’ve read a few articles from this and it’s fantastic.  The Met has an amazing collection and all of it is catalogued online, so you can simply read the little plaques that they have at the museum, or you could read the articles they’ve posted about them!  They have countless essays (and I recently heard at my orientation that the Met has some two million works, most of which are catalogued online).  It’s almost as good as going, I think!

Also I would certainly suggest going to your local library or bookstore and looking for some books.  There are so many authors and topics to look at that I couldn’t really name a specific one that gives you a good overview and isn’t a textbook … but Janson’s History of Art is pretty good, though it only covers Western art.

If you have any more questions, please come and ask!!  Especially if you want to know where to find more about a specific era or topic :)

Art History Resource List: Early European Art to Late 20th Century

To Request a resource list for your discipline, you can request HERE. My resource list for classics can be found HERE or anthropology HERE. 

See disclaimer at base for sources. This is an extensive list of the thousands of resources available to Art History Students, please add to it if something is missing.

http://arthistoryresources.net/ is a valuable resource list for students. It is very thorough, and my list is based heavily off this list. I have altered many sources for the sake of space and convenience. I do not take credit for this list, it is the property of Dr. Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe!

Useful Links: 

  • Art webgraphie
  • Lita Annenberg Hazen and Joseph H. Hazen Center for Electronic Information Resources 
  • ArtSource 
  • ArtHistory.net
  • Voice of the Shuttle 
  • Mother of All Art History Links Pages 
  • Art on the Web 
  • CODART list of museums 
  • Art History Index, through World Wide Art Resources
  • Art History
  • Chinese and Japanese Art History WWW Virtual Library
  • Architecture and Building Web Resources 
  • Architecture Web Sites 
  • Aesthetics and Visual Culture 

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kittyrdb  asked:

Hey there! So this isn't a question, but I just wanted to let you know that I found a great resource for research. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a bunch of essays on both art and culture. You just go to "thematic essays" and use the dropdown to search for the time period. They have articles on medieval weapons and armor as well as art. They also have other resources like maps and whatnot. It wouldn't let me include the link, but it's the Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.

Thematic Essays

nosfaeratu  asked:

Hello! Your blog is fantastic and I just was wondering about some things if u have time to answer. Are you an artist yourself? And do you have any advice on preparation/coursework/etc for pre-university students who would like to study art history? Or what college you went to and/or some you think are best for art history?

Hi! I’m not an artist myself. I’ve tried my hand at creating art and took courses, but it’s not something I’ve ever been able to accomplish. 

If you’re still in high school, I highly recommend taking AP Art History if it is available at your school. However, there are also ways you can study art history independently. Smarthistory and the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History are both phenomenal resources for independent learning; these are just two of many free, online options. There are also plenty of books that could be useful to familiarize yourself with before you actually start your art history studies at the college level (scroll down to “Introductions to Art History”). You might also find my booklet, What to Expect from your First Art History Course, useful for learning what studying art history will be like in college. Finally, if you think your parents might freak out when you tell them you want to major in art history,  you may want to read my post “Help! My parents don’t want me to major in art history.

I went to UCLA for undergrad. It had been my dream school since I was a child, and it exceeded every expectation I had for both academics and social life. That being said, I’m not trying to biased when I tell you that UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, and UCR also have some of the best art history programs in California because their departments have excellent faculty. Other colleges you might want to consider are, in no order: Vassar College, Brown, Princeton, University of Delaware, University of Michigan, UT Austin, University of Maryland - College Park, University of Minnesota, Columbia, UPenn,Yale, or Harvard. Also, as a Bruin, I begrudgingly suggest considering USC. Each of the art history programs at these colleges has something different to offer, and if you let them (i.e., be a good student), they will mold you so that you enter the world as a highly knowledgeable and sharp art historian. 

My little list of schools is quite limited generally and geographically, so please do some more research to find colleges that suit your specific needs, goals, lifestyle, and budget. I realize that some of the names on my list might seem expensive or impossible to get in to, but they are listed because their art history programs, and the academic resources they offer, are truly fantastic.

Some things to look for in a college and an undergraduate art history program as you do research are: what the faculty teach & research, the program’s course requirements (you want a program that will have you study a wide variety of art & time periods, including a language requirement, and ideally offers a methods course), academic resources (libraries on campus, museums nearby, special collections nearby, a writing center etc.), a college that has a career center, and, perhaps most importantly, the cost of your education overall. And of course, look into what the college’s social scene is like and what extracurricular opportunities are available to you that will suit your hobbies and interests. 

I also encourage you to consider going abroad (or at least studying abroad at some point); St. Andrews, Trinity College, and Oxford come to mind, though I am not extremely familiar with their degree offerings or requirements. 

I hope this helps!

Related posts:

- Pros/Cons of Majoring in Art History

- What to expect from your art history program

- My “For Undergraduates” page