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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Free Resource for Art History


This is a tremendous resource to add to your art study. Artchive has articles on different periods of art as well as biographies of various artists and HUNDREDS of images of paintings that can be viewed full-screen on your computer and saved to your hard-drive. It is ad supported and all free. You can become a patron for $50 and received the entire site on cd as well as ad-free access, but the free access is more than adequate for our purposes. I would strongly recommend previewing any articles/art before turning your children loose...obviously there will be artwork and life stories not appropriate to all age-groups;-)

When you go to this link, you will see a scrolling alphabetical list of artists to the left and the main frame has different categories/periods of art.

http://www.artchive.com/ftp_site.htm

If you go to an artist's page, you will see their bio at the top. Scroll down to the bottom for links to images of their work. Click on a link, and for most images you will be taken to a page with a thumbnail of that image. Click on the thumbnail and a new window will open with a viewer, you can then adjust the size of the image. You can also save the image by right clicking and then select "save image as..." or the equivalent in your browser.

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