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Art, Art History and Film

Art Resources at Boston College

art, art history, and film

Art students will find numerous online and physical resources to support their learning and research at Boston College. Faculty members have created online resources related to their courses or research interests, and the department and the University Library provide access to collections of the art images so central to the pursuit of Art study.


The University Library subscribes to this database of over one million art images. Use of ARTstor is restricted to current members of the B.C. community.

Technology available to Fine Arts students

Requires sign-in with B.C. credentials
The department administers several digital labs and equipment loans to provide resources to students working on projects for Fine Arts classes. Students also have access to technology resources in other University facilities.

Fine Arts Visual Resource Collection

This departmental collection, comprising over 100,000 35-millimeter slides of art and a growing collection of digital art images, supports the classroom teaching needs of the faculty and, via its website, provides to the university and greater community information about finding and using digital art images.

A Digital Archive of American Architecture and A Digital Archive of European Architecture

Professor Jeffery Howe scanned some of his vast 35-millimeter slide collection to use in teaching his architectural history courses. On these pages he has organized the images and made them available for educational use.

The Becker Collection

A database of approximately 650 drawings made by artist-reporters covering the Civil War. Professors Sheila Gallagher and Judith Bookbinder created this resource in conjunction with an exhibition, and students in a related course performed research that helped to compile the information in the database. Interactive introduction to the Becker Collection; related article in Boston College Magazine.

Roma: Caput Mundi

Professor Stephanie Leone's web project grew out of her desire to provide to her students access to the many slides of architectural monuments she has photographed during her years studying the city. The interactive site uses a map of Rome to allow users to visualize the monuments within the broader urban context and in the historical development of the Eternal City.

Jeffery Howe's guide to Art on the Web

In the pre-Google years (remember them?), Professor Howe started a project to compile and share interesting websites he came across. The usefulness of his curated and categorized collection of art-related links endures.