Museum & Art Gallery Sites
Abiti Antichi — In Italian. Lots of beautiful pictures of someone’s collection of extant clothing from the 18th century through the 1930s. Easy to navigate, even if you can’t read Italian. There is one page in English that explains the site.
Art History Resources on the Web — This site, maintained by an art history professor, has links to art websites categorized by date and geographic location.
Art History Resources on the Web: Middle Ages
Art History Resources on the Web: Renaissance Art in Italy
Art History Resources on the Web: Renaissance Art outside Italy
Art Resource — Fine art stock photo archive.
Artcyclopedia — Art can be searched by medium, location (i.e. museum), title, subject, and of course artist.
Australian Dress Register — “The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress in New South Wales pre 1945. This includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday.”
Bavarian National Museum
Bildindex zur Kunst und Architektur — In German, but has thousands of images of paintings, sculpture, etc. Bildindex Tutorial — A tutorial on how to search the Bildindex, by Marion McNealy. Especially helpful if you don’t speak German (like me!).
Blaffer Collection — A collection of Renaissance and Baroque art, located in Texas.
Bodleian Library: Western manuscripts to c. 1500 — Fabulous resource with images of medieval and renaissance manuscripts.
Bridgeman Art Library — Bridgeman has over 350,000 images online from multiple museums all over the world. “the Bridgeman Art Library works with museums, art galleries and artists to make the best art available for reproduction. The result is an outstanding archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world, all of which are available for licensing.”
British Library, The — The British Library has a large online selection of manuscripts and other documents.
Centre National du Costume de scene (France)
CGFA — Fine art images by artist.
Chronicling America - Historic American Newspapers — From the Library of Congress, an online collection of newspapers from 1880-1922.
Corinium Museum — “Home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities in the country. Corinium, Roman Cirencester, was the second largest town in Roman Britain.”
Cornell Costume Collection - Highlights — Highlights of several of Cornell Universities clothing & textile collections.
Costume Institute - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Danish Royal Library: Medieval Manuscripts — Manuscripts from the 9th thru 15th century.
De Young Museum — American, Pacific Island and African art.
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University — “Digital facsimiles of complete manuscripts, scanned directly from the originals.” FABULOUS!!
Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection — Located at North Dakota State University.
FIDM Museum & Gallery — Fashion & theater/film costume related exhibitions.
Gallica - Bibliotheque nationale de France — The French national library, has lots of medieval manuscripts.
Germanisches National Museum New! — Wonderful collection of medieval and renaissance art & textiles. Search & collections pages are only in German.
Historic Cities: Maps & Documents — Historic maps from the 16th-19th century. Not only is it interesting to see what cities looked like hundreds of years ago, but some maps including drawings of the inhabitants, e.g. map of Paris 1572.
Historic Costume Preservation Workshop - Vassar College — Blog from the Vassar College costume collection.
Kent State University Museum — 18th-20th century collection of fashion, some of it available online for viewing.
Kyoto Costume Institute Digital Archives — Images of 200 items from the KCI collection.
Lace Museum, The
Legion of Honor — European paintings and decorative arts, ancient art, etc.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) — Lots of paintings & clothing online. Check out the online collection Costumes & Textiles.
McCord Museum — Located in Quebec, McCord Museum has lots of costumes and textiles, paintings and photographs covering Canadian 18th and 19th century history.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, The — The Met has a fabulous collection of clothing, The Costume Institute, as well as lots of beautiful paintings. Lots of images online — check out the Timeline of Art or just Search the Collection.
Museo del Traje (Costume Museum) — Madrid, Spain.
Museo Stibbert New! — The Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy. Has a lovely collection of Costume collected by Stibbert from around the world.
Museum of Costume at Bath — If I ever get to England, this and the V&A are my two "must sees." Not a lot of images on the website, but definitely worth checking out.
Museum of the City of New York — Images of New York and a Costume & Textile collection.
National Library of the Netherlands: Manuscripts — Site has many medieval manuscripts. 100 Highlights of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek – quick link to online highlights of the collections
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich — Online collection of maritime related paintings.
New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library: Picture Collection Online — Seems to be a separate database from the one listed above. Has sections on gloves, hairdressing, clothing, shoes, textiles, etc.
New York Public Library: Digital Gallery — Lots of costume related images.
Northampton Museum Boot and Shoe Collection
Pitti Palace Museum New! — The Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, contains several museums, including one for Costume.
Platt Hall Gallery of Costume — In Manchester, UK.
Réunion des Musées Nationaux — (France) Centralized search for French museums, with over 400,00 images of art from the Louvre, Orsay, Georges Pompidou, etc. Portraits, manuscripts and more.
Textile Museum of Canada — Museum has a large collection, from all over the world and spanning over 2000 years, most of which is available to view online.
Textile Museum, The — Located in Washington, DC, this museum was started from a personal collection and now contains textiles from all over the world and many different time periods.
The Italians: Three Centuries of Italian Art — From the National Gallery of Australia
Tidens Tøj — Danish National Museum’s clothing collection, sorted by time period. Lots of gorgeous stuff. Too bad I don’t read Danish!
Turning the Pages — Virtual books from the British Library.
Victoria & Albert Museum — V&A - Search the Collections. Lots of spectacular stuff at this museum. Another "some day" place to visit!
Women Working: 1800-1930 — From Harvard University Library, a digital collection of manuscripts, trade magazines, catalogues, etc, portraying working women.
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