SmartHistory is an open source, web-based textbook created by two art historians. Study art in a modern way with video, commentary and interactive content.  SmartHistory.org won a Webby for Best Education Website in 2009.

  • Watch videos of two scholars analyzing work while viewing it in person. (The Starry Night video includes discussion about how difficult it is to see such a popular painting in a crowded museum!)
  • View eras and commentary organized both stylistically and chronologically with both text and images.
  • Explore artist singly or within larger context.
  • Upload your own photos, content and ideas.
  • Create your own videos and content with best practice guidelines.

Love print? Both campus libraries have a good collection of art books to check out. Search the catalog for a general art title, a period or an artist. Or come in to the library and browse…call numbers for the the art section start with the letter N.

Written by Suzanne

Suzanne has loved books from an early age, and remembers reading her 24 volume World Book Encyclopedia set when she ran out of novels. Now that she works in a library, she will never run out of reading material again! Suzanne is a recent MLS graduate who loves working with students and technology.

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