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Online art resources

Online art galleries and museums

As recommended by our Head of History of Art and the Librarian.  The free resources, detailed below, are considered to be trusted sources of information curated by experts.  They are useful for pupils for their studies and are excellent resources for everyone in isolation during lockdown. Please note that we also subscribe to a range of online resources such as JSTOR and we have free trial access to Artstor. Bryanston pupils may use the Pupil Hub to access our paid subscriptions and free trials during this time of home schooling in remote locations.   

Galleries and museums

Art UK view here

Online home for every public art collection in the UK. A website that allows you to view art belonging to the nation but kept in embassies and collections around the country.

Art History Teaching Resources – view here

A peer-populated platform for art history teachers. AHTR is home to a constantly evolving and collectively authored online repository of art history teaching content including, but not limited to, lesson plans, video introductions to museums, book reviews, image clusters, and classroom and museum activities.

British Museum – view here

One of the world’s greatest paper collections. It consists of about 50,000 drawings and more than two million prints. Together, they chart the development of the graphic arts in Europe from the 1400s to the present day, and their spread to the Americas and Australia.

Centre Pompidou, Paris – view here

Having inherited the collections of the musée du Luxembourg, created in 1818 to house state purchases from living French artists, the musée mational d'art moderne-centre de création industrielle now contains Europe's leading collection of modern and contemporary art. It is also one of the largest in the world, with over 100 000 works dating from 1905 to the present day.

Cluny museum, national museum of Middle Ages, Paris – view here

Includes a collection of Romanesque sculptures.

Fondation Maeght view here

The Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght is France’s most important private art foundation and among the world-leading cultural institutions. It was created by Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, a visionary couple of publishers and art dealers, who represented and were friends with some of the most important artists of the 20th century, including Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Marc Chagall and many others.

Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg view here

The experience of a virtual tour certainly adds a different dimension to being shuffled from one exhibit to another by a tour guide. Good way to view the Gold Rooms which are usually packed with tourists.  Fabulous collections and wonderful exhibitions of artists such as Matisse.

J. Paul Getty Museum, LA view here

Getty is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris view here

The national museum of the Musée d'Orsay opened to the public on 9 December 1986 to show the great diversity of artistic creation in the western world between 1848 and 1914. 

The National Gallery view here

The National Gallery includes 30 must-see paintings. One that caught my attention, Bathers at Asnières by Georges Seurat as this painting was discussed on BBC4’s The Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak.  Engaging interpretation of the artwork and placing paintings side by side from international collections to demonstrate the meaning.  Well worth watching on iPlayer here.

National Galleries of Scotland view here

A wealth of national art from across Scotland. Check out the recent blog by Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Alice Strang. The image of Edith Rimmington’s Decoy is considered and how self-isolation is portrayed in artworks. 

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam view here

An extensive collection online of paintings by Dutch artists. The mission of the museum is set out, “As a national institute, the Rijksmuseum offers a representative overview of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onwards, and of major aspects of European and Asian art.The Rijksmuseum keeps, manages, conserves, restores, researches, prepares, collects, publishes, and presents artistic and historical objects, both on its own premises and elsewhere.

Rodin Museum, Paris view here

Includes access to educational files on Auguste Rodin including research about his friendship and knowledge of his contemporaries such as Monet and Camille Claudet.

Uffizi view here is a guide written by a team of locals that love Florence and art and is NOT the official website for the Uffizi Gallery.

Vatican Museums  view here

“The Vatican, the Museum of Museums," not only houses the extensive collections of art, archaeology and ethno-anthropology gathered by the Popes over the centuries, but also contains some of the Apostolic Palace’s most extraordinary and artistically significant rooms.