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Art History and Visual Culture Subject Guide: Freely available sources

Help and guidance on finding resources in your subject area

Web resources

Below are links to web-based collections of Art History and Visual Culture resources that are freely available. Don't forget that you can also use the A-Z database list to access similar resources that the University pays to access. Please note that this is by no means a comprehensive list. 


Artsy is a commercial platform for discovering, learning about, and collecting art. It’s strong in contemporary art. Organizations pay Artsy for exposure. Available online

National Portrait Gallery Research

National Portrait Gallery Research. Available online

V&A Research

V&A Research. Available online

Art UK

Art UK aims to show the UK's national collection online. Available online


Gallica collections held at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Available online


MetPublicationsa portal to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's comprehensive publishing program with 1,500 titles from the last five decades. Available online A directory of art historically relevant text collections made available online Available online

Getty Publications Virtual Library

Getty Publications Virtual Library provides free digital backlist book titles from the Getty Publications Archives. Available online

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg. This is a digital library of free ebooks. Check out the fine arts bookshelf. Available online

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