Art History Resources


I've developed a set of information websites as resources for people who love art. 

They are about well known and/or distinguished artists and art museums and galleries which have been developed from and/or for posts on this blog and my landscape art blog.  This page lists them in following categories
  • Art History and Art Museums 
  • British Artists 
  • European Artists 
  • American Artists 
  • Japanese Artists 
  • Botanical and Natual History Artists

ART HISTORY & MUSEUMS

Art History and the History of Art - Resources for Art Lovers

Art History & the History of Art - Resources for Art LoversThis is about (1) Art History - the study of art over time and how this can be approached (2) The History of Art - the history of visual arts over time as seen through different artists, art periods and art movements.

Top 10 Art Galleries and Museums 

Top 10 Art Galleries and Museums
Find out which are the top ten art galleries and museums in the world, based on visitor numbers in 2009 - and how to visit them in person or virtual reality. The list is based on the The Art Newspaper's annual review of art galleries and museums and the exhibitions held around the world in 2009.

The Top Ten Museums in London

The Top Ten Museums in LondonLondon's Museums are some of the top visitor attractions in the UK. These are the top museums and galleries in London, based on monthly visitor numbers. The Department for Culture Media and Sport publishes monthly and annual visitor numbers for museums and art galleries

Musée d'Orsay - Resources for Art Lovers

What's the 2nd most popular museum in Paris? It's the Musée d'Orsay, home to art produced between the years 1848 and 1914.  If you visit Paris, you can see: many very famous paintings by major Impressionists several artist...

The Louvre - Resources for Art Lovers

The Louvre is a very large and famous museum in Paris. In 2008, 8.5 million people visited the Louvre - more than any other museum in the world.  This figure is expected to increase to 10 million 2014. If you're planning a visit or would jus...

Musee Marmottan Monet - Resources for Art Lovers

Musée Marmottan Monet - Resources for Art Lovers
See famous paintings by Monet at the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. It's the home of "Impression Sunrise" and the largest collections of Monet paintings in any art museum anywhere in the world. It also has Impressionist paintings by artists such as Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

ARTISTS

About Artists

About Artists
Do you want to find out about famous artists past and present? This is Makingamark's compendium of sites about famous artists in history and living today. It's organised according to: 1) country 2) time period 3) type of artist


British Artists

Lucian Freud - Resources for Art Lovers

Lucian Freud - Resources for Art LoversThis site is about Lucian Freud (1922 - present) - possibly Britain's greatest living painter and portrait artist.  It shares information about the art of Lucian Freud - museums and art galleries, exhibitions and websites where you can see his work, books and articles about his artwork and his life and other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about Freud, his views on art, his techniques and reviews by others of his work.

About Andy Goldsworthy - British Land Artist

About Andy Goldsworthy - British Land ArtistFind out about Andy Goldsworthy (1956-present) - the British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. Goldsworthy produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. This site shares information about: the art of Andy Goldworthy; museums and art galleries and exhibitions where you can see his work; books and articles about his artwork and other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about his work.

Antony Gormley - Resources for Art Lovers

Antony Gormley - Resources for Art LoversThis lens is about Antony Gormley (1950-present) - the man who produced
"Angel of the North" - a towering sculpture in Gateshead
"Another Place" - figures on the sand at Crosby Beach,
"Event Horizon" - figures on the rooftops of London buildings and
"Field for the British Isles" - a room filled with small clay figures.
It shares information about the art of Antony Gormley - museums and art galleries and exhibitions where you can see his work, books and articles about his artwork and other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about his work.

David Hockney - Resources for Art Lovers

David Hockney - Resources for Art Lovers
David Hockney (1937-present) has been voted the UK's most popular living artist. Find out about:
  • the life and art of David Hockney
  • museums, galleries, exhibitions and websites where you can see his work;
  • websites, books and articles about his artwork and his life and
  • other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about Hockney, his views on art, his techniques and reviews by others of his work.

    Dame Laura Knight - Resources for Art Lovers

    Dame Laura Knight - Resources for Art LoversLaura Knight (1877-1970) was the first woman artist to be made a Dame of the British Empire. She was an Impressionist Painter who was also renowned for her drawing and graphical art skills. She was the first woman to be honoured with a retrospective Exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1965.  She was also the official war artist at the Nuremburg Trials after World War 2.

    Henry Moore - Resources for Art Lovers

    Henry Moore - Resources for Art LoversHenry Moore (1898-1986) was an English artist and sculptor who was probably the most celebrated sculptor of the twentieth century. Works were often sculpted in bronze or marble, many are monumental and he is particularly well known for his reclining nudes and the 'mother and child' series.

    J.M.W. Turner - Resources for Art Lovers

    J.M.W. Turner - Resources for Art LoversThis site is about Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) - aka JMW Turner, one of Britain's greatest painters. It shares information about Turner's art - museums and art galleries, exhibitions and websites where you can see his work, books and articles about his artwork and his life and other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about Turner, his views on art, his techniques and reviews by others of his work.

    European Artists


    Canaletto - Resources for Art Lovers

    Canaletto - Resources for Art LoversCanaletto is famous for his landscape paintings - particularly those of Venice - and he is a key figure in the development of landscape painting Topics include: biography of Canaletto; Canaletto's paintings in museums and art galleries, exhibitions and on-line.


    Paul Cezanne - Resources for Art Lovers

    Paul Cézanne - Resources for Art LoversThis lens is about Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). It shares information about: Cezanne's art; museums and art galleries, exhibitions and websites where you can see his work; books and articles about his artwork and his life and other resources for improving your knowledge of Cezanne, his techniques and his views on art (and society).

    Jan van Eyck - Resources for Art Lovers

    Jan van Eyck - Resources for Art LoversThis site is about Jan van Eyck, the 15th century artist who is frequently credited with inventing oil painting. He's an important painter of the Northern Renaissance. You can:
    - find out about Jan van Eyck's life
    - see images of van Eyck's paintings - on-line or in museums and galleries around the world
    - read about exhibitions of van Eyck's paintings
    - get exhibition catalogues
    - get books about van Eyck's life and work
    - find out about Van Eyck and portraiture

    About Claude Monet - Impressionist Painter

    About Claude Monet - Impressionist PainterClaude Monet is a famous painter and a key figure in the development of Impressionism in France and elsewhere. Learn about Monet, his life, his art, his career and his home and garden at Giverny - through a comprehensive compendium of links to the best sites on the Internet for information and images.
    Resources for art lovers include information and images about:- biography of Monet; Monet's art in exhibitions, art galleries and museums; Monet and Impressionism; the influence of Japanese prints on Monet's art; Monet's landscape paintings and the development of Series Paintings and Monet's gardens including Giverny


    Edgar Degas - Resources for Art Lovers
    Edgar Degas - Resources for Art LoversThis site is about Edgar Degas - the artist and Impressionist painter. It provides links to where you can:
    • find out more about Degas's life
    • see images of Degas's paintings, pastels, drawings, prints and sculptures - either on-line or in museums and galleries around the world
    • read about exhibitions of Degas's paintings
    • get books about Degas's life and work
    • learn more about Degas and Impressionism
    • learn about Degas and Japanese Art

    Vilhelm Hammershoi - Resources for Art Lovers

    Vilhelm Hammershøi - Resources for Art Lovers
    Vilhelm Hammershoi is a Danish artist who developed a very distinctive style of painting. This site provides links to information on the internet and in books about Vilhelm Hammershoi including links to where you can see images and read about his work

    Pablo Picasso - Resources for Art Lovers

    Pablo Picasso - Resources for Art LoversPablo Ruiz Picasso (1881 - 1973) was a Spanish painter and sculptor and very prominent in twentieth century art. Find out about:
    • Picasso's art and where you can see it in museums, art galleries, exhibitions and websites
    • books and articles about his Picasso's life and artwork;
    • other resources for artists wanting to know more about Picasso

    Rembrandt van Rijn - Resources for Art Lovers

    Rembrandt van Rijn - Resources for Art LoversThis lens is about Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). It shares information about Rembrandt's drawings, etchings, paintings and portraits; museums and art galleries and exhibitions where you can see his work, books and articles about his artwork and links to other online resources for artists

    Vincent Van Gogh - Resources for Art Lovers 

    Vincent Van Gogh - Resources for Art LoversFind out about Vincent Van Gogh, his drawings and paintings and where you can see and read about them.  This site shares information about:
    • the life of Vincent Van Gogh
    • Van Gogh's letters and where you can see and read them
    • the art of Vincent Van Gogh - his drawings, watercolours and oil paintings
    • museums, art galleries and exhibitions where you can see Van Gogh's paintings in person or images of them online,
    • books and articles about Van Gogh's life and artwork; and
    • other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about how Van Gogh worked

    American Artists


    Great American Artists

    Great American ArtistsFind out about great American artists of the past and present. Notable American Artists are artists whose work attracts people from miles around plus the ones which have passed the art history test and are still well regarded despite having lived a long time ago.


    Mary Cassatt - Resources for Art Lovers

    Mary Cassatt - Resources for Art LoversThis lens is about Mary Cassatt - the artist and Impressionist painter. It provides links to where you can:
    • find out more about Mary Cassatt's life
    • see images of Cassatt's paintings - either on-line or in museums and galleries around the world
    • read about exhibitions of her paintings
    • get books about Cassatt's life and work
    • learn more about Cassatt and Impressionism

    Chuck Close - Resources for Art Lovers


    Chuck Close - Resources for Art LoversThis site is about the artist Chuck Close (1940-present). It shares information about the self-portraits, portrait paintings, prints and artwork of Chuck Close.
    You can find out about:
    • museums and art galleries, exhibitions and websites where you can see his work,
    • books and articles about his artwork and his life and
    • other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about Chuck Close, his views on art and his own work, his techniques and reviews by others of his work.

    Winslow Homer - Resources for Art Lovers

    Winslow Homer - Resources for Art Lovers
    This lens is about Winslow Homer. It shares information about the art of Winslow Homer - museums and art galleries and exhibitions where you can see his work, books and articles about his artwork and other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about he worked

    About Georgia O'Keeffe - American Painter
    About Georgia O'Keeffe - American PainterFind out about Georgia O'Keeffe - American painter and pioneer of American Modern Art:
    - her life and influences;
    - her flower paintings
    - her southwestern landscapes
    - the places in New Mexico where she lived and painted
    - where her paintings are in museums and art galleries;
    - online sites about her and her art;
    - books and videos about her, her art and her home in New Mexico.



    About John Singer Sargent - Famous Painter

    About John Singer Sargent - Famous PainterFind out about John Singer Sargent - noted American painter, draftsman, portraitist, muralist and watercolorist. This site provides a comprehensive overview of John Singer Sargent, his life and his art through links to information sites and images.

    James McNeill Whistler - Resources for Art Lovers

    James McNeill Whistler - Resources for Art LoversThis lens is about James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)- an American painter and print-maker who lived most of his life in Europe. It provides links to where you can:
    • find out more about Whistler's life
    • see images of Whistler's paintings - on-line or in museums and galleries around the world
    • read about exhibitions of Whistler's paintings
    • get exhibition catalogues
    • get books about Whistler's life and work
    • learn more about Whistler and his sets of etchings

    About Andrew Wyeth - American Artist

    About Andrew Wyeth - American Artist
    Find out about Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) - one of the USA's most popular and celebrated artists. Wyeth was an American Contemporary Realist Painter who worked mainly in watercolor and/or egg tempera. This site provides an introduction to Andrew Wyeth and links to official websites, past exhibitions in museums and art galleries, books about the artist and his work and where you can find images online.  Andrew Wyeth died age 91 on 16th January 2009.


    Japanese Artists


    Hiroshige - Resources for Art Lovers
    Hiroshige - Resources for Art Lovers
    The site is about the famous Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige (1797-1858) who was most famous for his landscape prints. It provides links to information and images of his work and prints in museums and art galleries, in online galleries and in books and videos. 
    Hokusai - Resources for Art Lovers
    Hokusai - Resources for Art LoversThis lens is about Hokusai (1760-1849)and images of his work in museums and art galleries, in online galleries and in books and videos. It provided support for a project about Japanese Art in Making A Mark in 2008.  This included looking at the work of Hokusai and his use of wood-block prints

    Japanese Art and Artists - Resources for Art Lovers
    Japanese Art and Artists - Resources for Art Lovers This lens provides links to information about Japanese Art and Artists of the 18th and 19th centuries and images of their work in museums and art galleries, in online galleries and in books and videos.



    Botanical and Natural History Artists


    The Bauer Brothers - Resources for Botanical Art Lovers
    The Bauer Brothers - Resources for Botanical Art LoversMany experts regard the Bauer brothers - Franz and Ferdinand, as being being two of the best botanical artists that have ever lived. Neither have been widely known due to most of their botanical illustrations and paintings forming part of very rare and expensive volumes or unavailable to view in the archives of museums or private collections.  This site introduces the two artists and will be of interest to all botanical artists and all those who enjoy botanical art and natural history. It provides links to their biographies, major projects and achievements in botanical illustration and places and books where you can see their drawings.

    Basilius Besler - Resources for Botanical Art Lovers
    Basilius Besler - Resources for Botanical Art LoversBasilius Besler was in charge of a major project which changed botanical art and the course of its future development. Find about Basilius Besler, the garden at Eichstätt and learn how you can visit that garden today. This site includes links to biographies and books about his life and work. Plus online galleries and exhibitions which display his work.  This site will be of interest to all botanical artists and all those who enjoy botanical art and natural history


    Thomas Bewick - Resources for Art Lovers
    Thomas Bewick - Resources for Art LoversThe work of Thomas Bewick appeals to people who like wood engravings and people who like artwork derived from natural history. I want to find out more about Thmoas Bewick, a wood engraver who lived in the late 18th / early 19th centuries and I've created this lens to bookmark all relevant websites. This site includes links to biographies and books about his life and work. Plus online galleries of images and exhibitions which display his work.


    Elizabeth Blackwell - Resources for Botanical Art Lovers
    Elizabeth Blackwell - Resources for Botanical Art LoversElizabeth Blackwell was the first British woman to produce a herbal and the first woman to engrave as well as draw plants. She compiled and published her hand drawn, engraved and coloured "A Curious Herbal" in 1735 in order to raise funds to free her husband from debtors prison. This site will be of interest to all botanical artists and all those who enjoy botanical art and natural history. It includes links to biographies and books about her life and work. Plus online galleries and exhibitions which display her work.


    Margaret Mee - Resources for Botanical Art Lovers
    Margaret Mee - Resources for Botanical Art LoversMargaret Mee was both a botanical artist and a conservationist. In 1952, age 41 she left England to go and live in the Amazon where she studied and painted the plants and flowers of the Amazon rainforest. This site introduces Margaret Mee and will be of interest to botanical artists and all those who enjoy botanical art. It provides links to online sites providing details about her life and work and places and books where you can see her paintings.


    Maria Sibylla Merian - Resources for Botanical Art Lovers
    Maria Sibylla Merian - Resources for Botanical Art LoversMaria Sibylla Merian was a Naturalist and Botanical Illustrator and is rated as being one of the greatest ever botanical artists. This site will be of interest to all botanical artists and all those who enjoy botanical art and natural history.  This site includes links to biographies and books about her life and work. Plus online galleries and exhibitions which display her work.


    Sydney Parkinson - Resources for Botanical Art Lovers
    Sydney Parkinson - Resources for Botanical Art LoversSydney Parkinson was one of the botanical artists on Captain Cook's journey's on the Endeavour. He was the first botanical artist to draw and paint plants collected on the exploratory voyages and he was the first artist to set foot on Australian soil, to draw an authentic Australian landscape, and to portray Aboriginals from direct observation. This site provides links to places online where you can find out more about Parkinson, the voyages with the Endeavour and what happened to the drawings and paintings when he returned to the UK

    Pierre Redoute - Resources for Botanical Art Lovers 
    Pierre Redoute - Resources for Botanical Art LoversPierre Redoute was one of the most talented botanical artists ever known. Redoute was fortunate to become an artist who was patronized by the kings of France from Louis XVI to Louis-Philippe. His two famous books were
    - Les Liliacees (1802 - 15) which contained 500 plates of lilies.
    - Les Roses (1817 - 21) He was known for his roses and his series of rose paintings are considered to be his finest work.  His work continues to be very popular and is widely reproduced.





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