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Contextual Studies: Websites

A guide to resources for Contextual Studies courses at Ara

Be critical... evaluate your resources!

The websites on this page have been carefully selected for you but it is your responsibility to check that anything you use meets your needs for Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. Follow this link to help you assess if a website passes the CRAAP test.

Galleries, Museums & Artists

  • Art Project (Google) 
    Explore museums from around the world. View and zoom into artworks.
  • Art.sy 
    Images and artist profiles from leading galleries, museums and private collections. NOTE: downloading images is not permitted.
  • Creative NZ 
    NZ arts links.
  • Digital NZ
    Pictures, sounds and objects from new Zealand's archives, galleries, libraries and museums.
  • Europeana
    Images and notes from European museums.
  • Find New Zealand Artists 
    Index of NZ artists ranging in date from the 19th Century to the present day. Pinpoints which libraries in NZ hold specific artist resources.
  • Getty Publications Virtual Library 
    Books by The Getty Museum covering art, architecture and archaeology. Read online or download pdf.
  • Google Cultural Institute 
    Information on world heritage sites from the world's museums and galleries. Includes Art Project.
  • Guggenheim Catalogues 
    Catalogues published by the Guggenheim art museum. Click “Read Catalogue Online”. Downloads available at Archive.org.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art 
    Collects significant works of art across all times and cultures. Search or browse some of the collection online.
  • Modern Art Timelines 
    Links to timelines that show modern art movements and when key works of art were produced.
  • NZ Art Galleries 
    Directory of NZ galleries, museums and arts organisations.
  • NZ Artists 
    Find biographical and exhibition information about selected NZ artists.

History websites