A collection of over 800 free art history and theory texts published by museums and universities.

History of Art

238 e-Books on Art History, Art Theory & Art Conservation  – Open Access

Topics: Masaccio: Saint Andrew and The Pisa Altarpiece • Dilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in 18th-Century England • Julia Margaret Cameron: Complete Photographs •  Jacques-Louis David: The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis • Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist •  Era Otto Wagner: Reflections on the Raiment of Modernity • The Conservation of Wall Paintings •  The Future of Asia’s Past: Preservation of the Architectural Heritage of Asia •  House of Eternity: The Tomb of Nefertari • Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship  Luxury Arts of the Renaissance

Source:  The Getty

401 e-Books on Art History, Art Theory & Art Conservation Open Access
m_logo_400x400Topics: Abbot Suger and Saint-Denis • The Age of Caravaggio •  American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885–1915 •  Antonello da Messina: Sicily’s Renaissance Master •  Beyond Representation: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Eighth–Fourteenth Century •  Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer • The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843–1261 • Sacred Visions: Early Paintings from Central Tibet • Selections of Nineteenth-Century Afro-American Art • Vermeer and the Delft School • Painting in Renaissance Siena, 1420–1500

Source:  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

33 e-Books on Art History & Art Theory – Open Access

Topics: The Arnolfini Betrothal: Medieval Marriage and the Enigma of Van Eyck’s Double Portrait • Ceremonial Costumes of the Pueblo Indians: Their Evolution, Fabrication, and Significance in the Prayer Drama • A fable of modern art • Painters and Politics in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1979 • The Private Worlds of Marcel Duchamp: Desire, Liberation, and the Self in Modern Culture • Singular Women: Writing the Artist • Broken Tablets: The Cult of the Law in French Art from David to Delacroix • Masks of the Spirit: Image and Metaphor in Mesoamerica • Giambologna: Narrator of the Catholic Reformation

Source: University of California Press

38 e-Books on Art History and Architecture Open Access

Topics: German Expressionist Sculpture • Expressionist Utopias: Paradise, Metropolis, Architectural Fantasy • “Degenerate Art”: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany • A Day in the Country: Impressionism and the French Landscape • Chicanismo en el Arte • Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900–2000 • Southeast Asian Art at LACMA: An Online Scholarly Catalogue • Mannerist Prints: International Style in the Sixteenth Century • Edvard Munch: Lithographs, Etchings, Woodcuts

Source:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art

 46 e-Books on Art History & Architecture Open Access

Topics: Art at Auction in 17th Century Amsterdam • Die Baukunst des 13. Jahrhunderts in Österreich • Art in Progress : A Philosophical Response to the nd of the Avant-Garde • In His Milieu : Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias • The Sacred Heart of Jesus : The Visual Evolution of a Devotion • Why Are Artists Poor? : The Exceptional Economy of the Arts •  Pedigree and Panache : A History of the Art Auction in Australia • Geschichte der Venezianischen Malerei • Installation Art and the Museum : Presentation and Conservation of Changing Artworks

Source: OAPEN Foundation

Nineteenth Century Art

e-Books & Reviews on Victorian Art Open Access 

Topics: Your Good Influence on Me”. The Correspondence of John Ruskin and William Holman Hunt William Holman Hunt and Typological Symbolism • Victorian Types, Victorian Shadows: Byblical Typology in Victorian Literature, Art and Thought • The Aesthetic and Critical Theories of John Ruskin • The Aesthetic and Critical Theories of John Ruskin • George Eliot and the Visual Arts

Source: The Victorian Web

e-Books on Victorian Art & ArchitectureOpen Access

Topics: Cities Built to Music: Aesthetic Theories of the Victorian Gothic Revival • Paintings from Books: Art and Literature in Britain, 1760–1900  • Charles Dickens and His Original Illustrators • Perspectives: Modes of Viewing and Knowing in Nineteenth-Century England • Victorian Art Criticism and the Woman Writer • The Woman Painter in Victorian Literature • The Pre-Raphaelite Art of the Victorian Novel: Narrative Challenges to Visual Gendered Boundaries • Portraits of the Artist as a Young Woman: Painting and the Novel in France and Britain, 1800–1860

Source: Ohio State University Press

Avant-Garde & Contemporary Art

109 e-Books on Modern & Contemporary Art  – Open Access

Topics:  Amazons of the Avant-Garde • A Century In Crisis: Modernity And Tradition In The Art of  Twentieth-Century China • Futurism: A Modern Focus: The Lydia and Harry Lewis Winston Collection, Dr. and Mrs. Barnett Malbin • The emergent decade : Latin American painters and painting in the 1960’s • Kandinsky in Munich 1896-1914 • Mark Rothko, 1903–1970: A Retrospective  • On the Future of Art • Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection Willem de Kooning in East Hampton 

Source: The Guggenheim Museum


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