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Free Web Resources: Music and Art

This is a listing of resources that are freely available on the internet.

Music Resources

  • Hymnary 
    A comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals. Searchable by text, tune, composer, hymnal, and number within hymnal. 
  • Public Domain Hymns 
    A list of hymns and tunes that are in the public domain and free to use with full text access. 
  • The Beethoven Gateway 
    A large number of resources for researching and learning about Ludwig van Beethoven. The site provides searchable musical scores and articles about Beethoven among other sources. 

Art Resources

  • Artcyclopedia 
    This website offers an encyclopedia or art. It is searchable by artistic movements, names, mediums, and nationality among other options. 
  • Cappadocia Photo Gallery 
    A collection of photographs and artwork from Cappadocia, Turkey- home of the Cappadocian Fathers Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, and Basil.
  • Digital Egypt for Universities 
    An online resource on the history, art, and culture of Egypt from 4,000 B.C.E to the present. 
  • Europeana 
    Browse the collections of approximately 1,500 institutions located across Europe on this website. The content includes visual art, literature, and audio materials from a wide range of time periods. 
  • Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco 
    The online collection of the deYoung Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California. The collections are highly searchable. 
  • Gallica 
    Numerical index of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. The website contains a large number of manuscript, visual, and audio resources. The site is currently only in French an English is not yet available. 
  • Google Arts & Culture 
    Founded in 2011, the Google Cultural Institute is a not-for-profit initiative that partners with cultural organizations to bring the world’s cultural heritage online. We build free tools and technologies for the cultural sector to showcase and share their gems, making them more widely accessible to a global audience. Use images from with caution, as many museums retain copyright for the works.
  • J. Paul Getty Museum 
    The website of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California. The online collection is fully searchable and contains galleries of visual art as well as links to videos on artistic techniques and more. 
  • Jewish National & University Library 
    The official website of the National Library of Israel. It has a fully searchable collection and links to galleries, music collections, and E-Resources. 
  • Louvre Official Website 
    The online collection of the Louvre Art Museum in Paris, France. The Louvre is widely considered the best art collection in the world.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art- New York City 
    The website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The online collection contains references and material on exhibitions past, present, and future as well as a large amount of research material about the collection galleries. 
  • Rijksmuseum 
    The collections of one of the world's greatest museums are offered online. Included in the mountain of masterpieces are electronic images of Rembrandt's sketches of scenes from the Bible. The museum has made some 125,000 high-resolution images available for download via its Rijks Studio software, with plans to add another 40,000 images per year until the entire collection of one million works is available.