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You may not cite information from Wikipedia. However, Wikipedia can provide information about the museum that hosts your art object, and that museum's website can provide contextual information.


Search for articles in news magazines and websites by typing the title of your art object and the names of news publications (e.g. New Yorker, New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, BBC, etc.)

Student Resources in Context

After identifying the movement, school, or era to which your art object belongs, find information on that period using this database.

Guide created by: Adam Apo

Regina Dominican High School

Last updated: 4/23/2018

Selecting an Art Object

Google Arts & Culture

Explore museum collections from around the world and browse art objects by artist, movement, media, and era.

Public Art in Chicago

Search public works of art (e.g. sculpture, architecture, murals, etc.) in Chicago's Loop, South side, and North side.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Explore the collections and exhibits of New York City's "the Met."

Museum of Contemporary Art

Browse Chicago's museum of contemporary and abstract art.

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Research and browse historic and contemporary architecture in and around the Chicagoland area

Must-See Architectural Landmarks [VIDEO]

Architectural Digest's playlist of must-see architectural landmarks in cities around the world

The New Yorker: Culture

Read essays and articles on works of art across all media


Elements of Art

Definitions of various elements of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other media (e.g. line, space, shape, color, texture, etc.)

How to Analyze a Painting

YouTube video tutorial on what to look for when critiquing a painting

Architectural Terminology

Glossary of important terms and definitions in architecture

Khan Academy

Context and critique of painting masterpieces from 17th-20th Century

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