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Art and Architecture: E-books

The Sackler Library is the premier research library for the study of art and architecture at the University of Oxford. It incorporates the libraries formerly housed at the History of Art Department and the Ashmolean Museum.

E-book collectives

Closed-access e-books 
  • SOLO
    Restricted-access e-books can be found on the university's online catalogue and can only be accessed from within the univerisity network.
  Open-access books
The below list links are to multi-volume e-book platforms ONLY. And they have a strong focus on key art- and architecture-related topics.
NOTE: Links to individual e-books are not listed here.
  • ARTFL (University of Chicago)
    Full-text French literature database (Trésors de la langue française). Covers texts 12th century - present.
    * The complete on-line version of the first edition of Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie, with Panckoucke's 4-volume Supplément à l'Encyclopédie
    * George D. McKee's The Image of France -- an index of the official documentation of printed imagery and photographs authorized for publication in France 

    * Selected Salon criticism
  • Catálogo Monumental de España (1900-1961) 
    Superbly digitised volumes from this series. Pre-Civil War photographs are especially useful as they document many buildings and sites destroyed during the conflict.
  • Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard
    Enhanced PDF versions (searchable and downloadable) of the CRLB. Files link to records in the RKD image database, allowing for the publication of bibliographic data and provenance information that were not available at the time of print publication of the CRLB. The image records also contain color images, improving on the black and white illustrations used in the orignal CRLB. Images of copies mentioned but were not illustrated in the printed volumes.
  • Early English Books Online
    Digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales & British North America & works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. Includes (for example) architectural treatises, painting manuals & guidebooks.
  • Eastern Art Online (Ashmolean Museum)
    Digitised versions of the Eastern Art Department's print catalogues.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    Works published in the UK & elsewhere during the C18th. Includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides, etc., mostly in English but also in other languages.
  • Gallica
    Full-text books, periodicals & other documents (approaching 2 million); plus maps, manuscripts & approx. 500,000 images & some sound recordings. Items are held in collections all over France.
  • Getty Research Portal 
    100,000+ out-of-copyright digitised art history texts, rare books and related publications from a variety of libraries.
  • Guggenheim Museum 
    Platform for the museum's digitised exhibition catalogues (starting with the first, in 1937), essays and related materials.
  • Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderna (IVAM)
    Broad array of IVAM publications on art & architecture.
  • Internet Archive
    Open access ebook and texts archive including publications from museum and library collections (e.g. Whitney Museum, etc.).
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) -- Digital collections
    Digitised publications and documents from the MMA's library & archival collections. An extremely wide range of materials.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) -- Met Publications
    PDFs of several hundred Met exhition catalogues, symposium papers & other monographs.
  • Oxford Google Books Project 
    Scans of the Bodleian Libraries' out-of-copyright holdings. This webpage explains how it works.
  • Royal Academy Winter Exhibition catalogues (1870-1939)
    Added features: Thumbnails of works exhibited in these catalogues; photographs of exhibition installations. Includes the major survey exhibitions of the period, e.g. Flemish & Belgian Art 1300-1900 (1927), Italian Art 1200-1900 (1930) and French Art 1200-1900 (1932).