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Background Info

Heilbrunn Timeline
Find out more about the socio-cultural environment by geographic location & timeframe.  Also includes “Thematic Essays” and a “Works of Art” tab that holds information about nearly 6000 works, including country or culture of origin.

Art History at Khan Academy
Multimedia website also includes a timeline and can be browsed/searched by Artist or Style. Includes Themes ranging from “Images and Power” to “The Skill of Describing.”


You will need to input your MU Unique ID and password to access this resource off-campus


Getting Started

  1. Register for a free account by clicking the link in the grey box at the upper right hand corner of the page.
    1. Use your MU email address.
    2. In the registration section under Academic Department, you can choose your major if listed or choose other.
    3. If you don’t want to receive emails from ArtSTOR, be sure to uncheck the two boxes about sending you things before you submit the form.

Screen shot of the registration form to get an ArtSTOR user account

Searching for and saving images

  1. After you are logged in, click the “Advanced Search” link  under the search box on the left side of the screen. This will give you additional options for building your search, including limiting to a geographic region or time period, or specifying that you are searching by creator or for a specific work title. See example below.

Screen shot of the advanced search screen in ArtSTOR .

  1. Double click a thumbnail image to open a new window with an enlarged image.
    1. Detailed information about the piece, including the material, size of the work, and more is available to the right of the screen.
    2. Use the buttons that appear when when you mouse over the image to zoom in and out on a section of an image. Those buttons also reset the image to the original size and pop the image into a “full screen” mode.
    3. Buttons over the top of the detailed information about the image allow you to link to, download, or print the image.

Screen shot of an image screen in ArtSTOR showing the buttons to zoom in and out, link to, download, print, and save.

  1. To save an image to a folder or group, click the last button over the detailed information about the image; it’s an orange plus sign.
    1. Clicking that button will open a pop-up window. If this is the first image you are saving in a group, click the link that says “Create new group with image.” On the next screen, give the group a title and save your changes. Return to searching to continue adding images or go to group if you are finished.
    2. If you are saving another image to a group you’ve already started, click inside the text box and choose the group from the list.

Screen shot showing how to add an image to a group in ArtSTOR

Downloading images in PowerPoint

  1. From any screen, hover over “Browse” on the grey bar across the top of the screen and choose “Image Groups” from the drop down menu that appears.

Screen shot of accessing saved image groups in ArtSTOR

  1. On the following screen, choose “Private” from the list of “Browse By:” options to see your image groups. Click on your group to open it.

Screen shot of ArtSTOR private image groups list

  1. When your image group opens, click the “Download” link.
  2. On the pop-up window that opens, choose “Download to PPT.”

Screenshot of downloading image group to PowerPoint

  1. A dialogue box will open so that you can save the PowerPoint. If you are using a library computer, save the PowerPoint to a flash drive, Google drive, or to your MU NetDisc space.

Screen shot of saving a PowerPoint of an image group to Google drive

  1. When you open the PowerPoint, your images are properly formatted for the size of the slide and all of the data about the image is imported in to the speaker notes section of each slide.

Screen shot showing how to see the detailed information about an image in the speaker notes area in PowerPoint

OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons Art & Architecture Collection
Select “Search for Images Only” to find digital pictures, or use “Search by Source” to find articles on your subject.

Biographies & Pronunciations

You will need to input your MU Unique ID and password to access some of these resources from off-campus computers
Look up words you don’t know how to pronounce here.  Many entries include an audio file with the correct pronunciation.

Biography In Context
Contains full text brief and longer biographies as well as magazine articles with biographical content.

Biography Reference Bank
Another good source of biographical information.

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