Periods and Movements
Includes paintings plus works in other mediums.
See also: Famous Artists
Museum Exhibitons and Collections
National Gallery of Art: Paintings Collection
Dutch and Flemish 16th-17th centuries
French and Italian 17th century
French and Italian 18th century
French 19th century
Italian 13th-14th centuries
Italian 15th century
Italian 16th century
Northern European 15th-16th centuries
Modern and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Painters
Lists around 646 painters by name, most entries include images and thematic essays.
Introduction to major European works by master artists from the 12th through the 19th century.
The Louvre: Paintings
Explore a collection that includes every European school from the 13th century to 1848, browse selected works, follow a thematic trail, or search by keyword.
State Hermitage Museum: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings
Browse the digital collection of high-resolution images.
MoMA: Painting and Sculpture
The largest collection of modern painting and sculpture in the world, includes more than 3,600 works by major artists from the late 19th century to the present.
View highlights from the permanant collection online.
The Getty: Paintings
View collections organized by subject including landscapes, myths and stories, portraits, real life, religion, and still lifes.
Musee d'Orsay: Painting
Works in focus include paintings by VanGogh, Alexandre Cabanel, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, and many others.
Museo Nacional del Prado: Paintings
The largest and most important collection of Spanish paintings in the world, plus collections of 15th to 20th century Italian, Flemish, French, German, Dutch, and British painting.
V&A: The Paintings Galleries
History of the collection, highlights online, and A-Z artist lists from the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK.
The Art Institute of Chicago
View European painting and sculpture online including sculpture from before 1600 to 1900, painting from before 1600 to 1900, impressionism and post-impressionism, and modern works.
The Royal Collection: Paintings
Early American Paintings
An online exhibit from the Worcester Art Museum, view works by artist, genre, or place of origin.
WebMuseum: Famous Paintings
Famous works organized by artist and by theme.
Resources & Organizations
Includes information on the history of painting, as well as styles, media, terms, and a large collection of images.
A list of painters by name, country or region, religion, and era.
Pigments through the Ages
A detailed history of paintings and pigments, includes several recipes for traditional pigments.
A brief article with links to related articles on specific mediums, artists, and works.
About.com: Painting Guide
A how to guide for beginners with projects, tutorials, demos, and more.
About.com: Resource List
A list of how to articles organized by category or topic, includes a beginners overview and several in-depth articles ranging from color theory to copyright issues.
Bob Ross: Joy of Painting
Step by step how to painting projects online for landscapes, florals, and a raccoon.
A list of painting organizations in the Yahoo directory, includes general, mural, oil, plein air, and watercolor organizations.
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