Art and Art History

Image Databases

Museum Websites for African Art

Many museums, with collections in African art, present portions of their collections online. Below are some museum sites with significant exhibits.

Websites: African Art

There are many useful websites for researching African art and Art history. Below are few of the most useful for finding freely available electronic sources.


Other Library Guides

African Art: Featured Online Encyclopedia

Full Text Article Databases

Listed below are databases which contain full-text, scholarly and non-scholarly articles in both African studies and African art history. For more information on these databases go to the "Full-Text Databases" tab here in the Art and Art History guide.

Journals: African Art - Best Bets

Below are the most popular journals which publish scholarly articles on African arts, culture, and African art history.

Journals: African Studies and Related

Below are journals which publish regularly on topics related to African culture, art, politics, society, economics, and history.

Search for Articles, Books, & More

Search here for articles, books, and more.

Book Searching Tips

To search for a KEYWORD phrase, be sure to enclose it in double quotes i.e.,
"African Art"

You can also search by SUBJECT.
Below is a list of SUBJECT terms which may be useful:

Art, African
Aesthetics, African
Art and society -- Africa
Cities and towns
Cities and towns -- Africa
City and town life
Human geography
Public Spaces
Sociology, Urban
Urban Policy -- Africa
Urbanization -- Africa 

Reference Works: African Art

Here is a list of helpful resources for finding background information:


Bibliographies are useful for finding resources which are central to researching a specific subject. Below are a few of the bibliographies in African Art available here at Wayne State University