For individual research help, schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.
Though it may be tempting to search Google or Wikipedia for your artist and their work, more reputable sources for background information on your topic may be found on museum websites. These museums employ art historians who research the artists and movements owned and exhibited by the museum. Information found on these websites are of good quality and would be considered reputable.
The National Gallery of Art – the nation's museum – preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art. Search for a specific object by title, artist, keyword, provenance, or exhibition history in the Collection Search.
NGA Online Editions presents the most current, in-depth information on the Gallery’s collections by the world’s leading art historians along with rich capabilities for exploring that information. Browse by time period, authors, or artists.
Through the combined efforts of generations of curators, researchers, and collectors, the collection has grown to represent more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe—from the first cities of the ancient world to the works of our time. Search by keyword and filter results by object type, geographic location, date/era, or department.
The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection. Browse by work of art, time period, or thematic category.