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Art history now and then.

Back when I was in college (the first time), art history was taught as art in the dark. We looked at slides and memorized dates and artists' names. Most of the artwork represented male artists from the Western World and few connections were made to culture and history. Thankfully, how times have changed! With the increasing presence of museum collections online, your students now can easily access countless images from cultures and times around the world. Your students can investigate artworks in great detail, research both historical and contemporary artists and art movements, create timelines and chronologies, and make cross-cultural comparisons.

For Teachers

The best art timeline online is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History. It is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's vast collection. Each timeline page includes images of representative art from the museum's collection, a chart of time periods, a map of the region, an overview, and a list of key events. Users can explore through an index or specific topics or search the entire timeline.

At History Through Timelines, you can explore historical timelines for the last two thousand years, search by topic or year, and create your own timeline using the database.

Pigments through the Ages is a web exhibit that offers insights into the history of colors and pigments.

This great resource, Art Images for College Teaching, is a nonprofit project by art historian and curator Allan T. Kohl. It is intended to make images of art and architectural works available in the public domain on a free-access, free-use basis. The images displayed on this site have been photographed on location by the author, who consents to their use in any application that is both educational and noncommercial in nature.

For contemporary art, Art:21--Art in the Twenty-First Century is a fantastic site that correlates with an eight-part television series broadcast by PBS. Online features include a twenty-seven-lesson library, and numerous other components.

The Digital Art Museum is another remarkable contemporary site. Its goal is to become the world's leading online resource for the history and practice of digital fine art. The section on artists is arranged chronologically and there is an interesting timeline of digital art.

History timelines offer great opportunities to find connections between the arts and other disciplines. This attractive site has a shortcut to a helpful timeline of artists and a photo gallery of paintings from the Renaissance to modern times.

For Students

Directions: Visit the websites listed below and answer the questions, where appropriate, on a separate piece of paper.

Read the list of the 100 most significant events of the last thousand years. How many of them are works of art or architecture? What are they? Which artwork is listed by name? Who is the artist?

Take the art history quiz and check out the last fifteen challengers.

Click on "pottery" at this site and read the text and look at the pottery. How old is the oldest pot ever dated? Where was the pottery wheel invented? Why do you think even useful pottery was sometimes decorated?

What is the oldest art on this timeline? What is the most recent?

Click on "cave paintings" and then "Pompeii wall art." How are they similar? How are they different? What kind of wall art do you see in our time?

Take the art treasure hunt at this site. Name one fact you learned about Leonardo da Vinci. For what purpose was the Eiffel Tower created? Which artist mentioned is still living?
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Title Annotation:ArtEd Online
Author:Walkup, Nancy
Publication:School Arts
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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