Smarthistory: Art, History, Conversation
Smarthistory is an NEH-funded digital humanities project that offers free resources on art, history, and art history for classrooms and public enjoyment. Curated by scholars from around the world, users will find videos, essays, and insightful commentary about thousands of pieces of art.
Noted in their mission, Smarthistory believes "art has the power to transform lives and to build understanding across cultures. We believe that the brilliant histories of art belong to everyone, no matter their background." In addition to ideas for classroom use, this resource provides links to the NEH's Picturing America project, art history lesson plans, and other NEH-funded projects that seek to bring art history to the public.
Why Art Matters
An Introduction to Art History
Must Art Be Beautiful?
Lessons on Art & Culture
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Picturing America: John James Audubon
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