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World Theatre I

A guide to get you started with theatre history research, from antiquity through the early 17th century.

Article Databases

Visual Resources

Below are links to databases that contain visual resources: photographs, art, textiles, videos, and more. Use them to enhance your understanding of the time and place you're researching.

Art Museum Image Gallery

Art Museum Image Gallery

A database which includes coverage of both fine and decorative art including: Painting · Sculpture · Drawings and Cartoons · Prints · Photographs · Textiles · Woodcuts · Posters · Costumes and Ceremonial Clothes · Jewelry · Ceramics · Furniture · Glass · Books and Manuscripts · Archaeological Finds · Masks…and more!


ARTstor <click here to access the database

ARTstor is a digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Our community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. The ARTstor Digital Library is used by educators, scholars, curators, and students at hundreds of universities, colleges, museums, libraries, and K-12 schools worldwide. We serve users in a wide variety of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

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ARTstor's YouTube videos

Ethnographic Video Online

Ethnographic Video Online provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior – more than 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more.

Includes footage of rites and rituals, dance, theatre, masks, and traditional costumes.

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online is an innovative gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources in one location. With the 2008 complete redesign of Grove Art Online and the addition of substantial new Oxford reference content, Oxford Art Online offers the most extensive and easily searchable online art resource available today, a virtual art reference library of unparalleled scope and depth.