Art History Survey Collection

Greek, Marble statue of a kouros (youth), ca. 590-580 B.C. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Art History Survey Collection, which contains nearly 5000 images, is the product of a collaboration between the Digital Library Federation's Academic Image Cooperative project and the College Art Association. This "survey collection" has been defined on the basis of an "overlap concordance" based on 13 standard art history survey texts, some consulted in multiple editions (please see Textbook Concordance below). It is intended to include at least one image of every art object or monument reproduced in at least two of these standard survey texts. The Art History Survey Collection represents an experiment in defining a "consensus collection" that supports widespread teaching needs, but does not yoke the teacher or student to any one particular text, pedagogical approach, or "canon." Images in this collection are based on professionally produced 35mm–color photography, much of it original photography produced from the object or monument. A significant portion of the images were also derived from high-quality reproductions of the scholarly literature. This collection will be of particular value to teachers of art history who wish to enlist digital technologies in support of survey instruction; to teachers without ready access to conventional slide libraries and other visual resources collections; and to all individuals wishing to gain a broad appreciation of the world's visual heritage.    


Textbook Concordance:      

Adams 2nd ed.

Adams, Laurie Schneider. A History of Western Art. 12nd ed. Madison, Wisconsin: WCB/Brown & Benchmark, 1997.    

Adams AAT

Adams, Laurie Schneider. Art Across Time. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999.    

Fleming 9th ed.

Fleming, William. Arts & Ideas. 9th ed. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1995.    

Gardner 10th ed.

Tansey, Richard G. and Fred S. Kleiner. Gardner's Art Through the Ages. 10th ed. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1996.    

Gardner 11th ed.

Kleiner, Fred S., Christin J. Mamiya, and Richard G. Tansey. Gardner's Art Through the Ages. 11th ed. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt College Publishers, 2001.    

Adams 2nd ed.

Gombrich, E. H. The Story of Art. 16th ed. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1995.    

Hartt 4th ed.

Hartt, Frederick. Art: a history of painting, sculpture, architecture. 4th ed. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1993.    

H&F 4th ed.

Honour, Hugh, and John Fleming. The Visual Arts: A History. 4th ed. [title in U.K.: A World History of Art]. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1994.    

Janson 5th ed.

Janson, H. W. History of Art. ed. New York: Prentice Hall/Harry N. Abrams, 1995.    

Janson 5th ed. Revised

Janson, H. W. and Anthony F. Janson. History of Art. 5th revised ed. New York: Prentice Hall/Harry N. Abrams, 1997.    


Kostof, Spiro. A History of Architecture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.    

Kostof Revised

Kostof, Spiro with Greg Castillo. A History of Architecture. Revised ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.    


Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. New York: Prentice Hall/Harry N. Abrams, 1995.    

Stokstad Revised

Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Revised ed. New York: Prentice Hall/Harry N. Abrams, 1999.    

Stokstad 2nd ed.

Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. ed. New York: Prentice Hall/Harry N. Abrams, 2001.    


Trachtenberg, Marvin. Architecture, from prehistory to post–modernism. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice–Hall, 1986.    


Watkins, David. A History of Western Architecture. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1986.  

W&S 2

Wilkins, David G., Bernard Schultz, and Katheryn M. Linduff. Art Past, Art Present. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall/Harry N. Abrams