Generally free and accessible. Continually updated, and (obviously) wildly non-exhaustive.
Remember: If you don’t speak the language of the site, a service like Google Translate can help you translate the terms you’re looking for.
glossary and bibliographies
IMAGES OF MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE
A venerable site, and having been created in 1995, was the first major online resource for images of Medieval Art. This glossary never goes out of style.
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY
“This Bibliography should represent a starting point for all enquiries concerning Ottoman Calligraphy development over the centuries or any conceivable aspect of calligraphic art, whether from the academic historian, student, the amateur or the general enquirer. The Bibliography is hosted by Worldcat, please click on the reference links in list.”
global medieval art
ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE MIDDLE AGES
“Exploring a Connected World”
GLOBAL MIDDLE AGES PROJECT
“Welcome to the Global Middle Ages Project—G-MAP—an ambitious effort by an international collaboration of scholars to see the world whole, c. 500 to 1500 CE, to deliver the stories of lives, objects, and actions in dynamic relationship and change across deep time.”
International Center of Medieval Art
Lists of image databases, archives, and catalogues.
INDEX OF MEDIEVAL ART
(now available without a subscription)
MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS ON THE WEB
A list like this one, compiled over many years by Siân Echard, Department of English Language and Literatures, University of British Columbia.
curated manuscript collections and tools
“BASIRA (Books as Symbols in Renaissance Art) is a new, open-access online database of representations of books and other textual documents in the figurative arts between approximately 1300 and 1600 CE, the period encompassing the advent of print culture in Europe and its neighboring regions.”
“The Biblissima Portal offers unique and simple access to a set of digital data on the history of the transmission of texts produced from Antiquity to the Renaissance in the East as in the West, whatever the medium and whatever either the language.”
Collaborative Online Database and e-Resources for Celtic Studies
“Welcome to the DMMapp, an independent initiative dedicated to simplifying access to digitized medieval manuscripts. Our mission is to bring the beauty and richness of medieval manuscripts to everyone, by collecting and sharing links to libraries with digitized collections from around the world.”
Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland
“The goal of e-codices is to provide free access to all medieval and a selection of modern manuscripts of Switzerland by means of a virtual library. At the moment, the virtual library contains 2827 manuscripts from 98 different collections. The virtual library will be continuously updated and extended.”
Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments
“Fragmentarium enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to publish images of medieval manuscript fragments, allowing them to catalogue, describe, transcribe, assemble and re-use them.”
GETTY RESEARCH PORTAL
Themed collections gathered from the Getty’s collections.
THE INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION OF DIGITIZED HEBREW MANUSCRIPTS
An aggregation of Hebrew mss from around the world. Searchable, including by theme.
IRISH SCRIPT ON SCREEN
“Established in 1999, ISOS is the largest digital repository of Irish manuscripts. Over 450 manuscripts digitised.”
MANUSCRIPTS OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD
“Curated Selections & Collaborative Efforts at the Princeton University Library”
THE MEDIEVAL BESTIARY
Animals in the Middle Ages, particularly in mss. Continually updated.
MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS IN DUTCH COLLECTIONS
“This database contains descriptions of all medieval western manuscripts up to c. 1550 written in Latin script and preserved in public and semi-public collections in the Netherlands. These include the collections of libraries, museums, archives, collections of monastic orders and some private institutions open to researchers.”
“A digital workspace for interactive scholarship about Vatican manuscripts.”
OGHAM IN 3D PROJECT
“The ultimate aim of the Ogham in 3D project is to digitise and record in 3d as many as possible of the approximately four hundred surviving Ogham stones and to make the resulting 3D models freely available on this website as part of a multi-disciplinary digital corpus of Ogham stones.”
ROMAN DE LA ROSE DIGITAL LIBRARY
“The goal of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library is to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the 13th-century poem Roman de la Rose.”
GLAM (gallery, library, archive, museum) digitized manuscripts
AGA KHAN MUSEUM
“The Aga Khan Museum presents and collects art from historically significant Muslim civilizations as well as contemporary Muslim communities and diasporas around the world.”
BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL DE ESPAÑA
“Welcome to the freely accessible portal to the Library’s digital collections”
BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE archive of manuscripts
“Searchable database of the manuscripts held at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in the Departement des Manuscrits and the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, some with links to digitized versions of the manuscripts.”
BODLEIAN LIBRARY ONLINE CATALOGUES OF MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS
“This catalogue provides descriptions of all known Western medieval manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, and of medieval manuscripts in selected Oxford colleges.”
BRITISH LIBRARY MANUSCRIPTS
“Use this website to view digitised copies of manuscripts and archives in the British Library’s collections, with descriptions of their contents.”
The Morgan Library and Museum
“CORSAIR is a single database providing unified access to over 330,000 records for medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, rare and reference books, literary and historical manuscripts, music scores, ancient seals and tablets, drawings, prints, and other art objects. Records continue to be added for new acquisitions.”
“Discover over a million images of rare books, manuscripts, and other treasures from the Bodleian Libraries and Oxford college libraries.”
DIGITAL VATICAN LIBRARY
“DigiVatLib is a digital library service. It provides free access to the Vatican Library’s digitized collections: manuscripts, incunabula, archival materials and inventories as well as graphic materials, coins and medals, printed materials (special projects).”
THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM
Search the museum collection
ILLUMINATED: MANUSCRIPTS IN THE MAKING
“ILLUMINATED brings to life the finest illuminated manuscripts preserved at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.”
Really nice interface that talks about provenance, materials, techniques.
“An iconographic base for the BnF Manuscripts.”
Includes keyword search, useful for finding specific elements in illuminated manuscripts.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ASIAN ART
“National Museum of Asian Art Library’s online catalogue has been merged with the Smithsonian Libraries catalogue”
THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Trinity College Dublin
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
CARAVANS OF GOLD, FRAGMENTS IN TIME
“Art, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Africa”
“Caravans of Gold calls on what archaeologists have termed “the archaeological imagination”—the act of recapturing the past through surviving traces—to present a critical rethinking of the medieval period.”
HIDDEN STORIES: BOOKS ALONG THE SILK ROADS
“This website is a digital companion and in-depth complement to Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads, on display at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto from October 9, 2021 to February 27, 2022.”
A full site is intended to be launched in November 2023.
SAHEL: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara
Find the exhibition guide here.
digital humanities tools
“An interactive image manipulation system that enables the exploration and organization of fine digital art.”
IIIF (read as “triple-eye-eff)
“IIIF is a set of open standards for delivering high-quality, attributed digital objects online at scale. It’s also an international community developing and implementing the IIIF APIs. IIIF is backed by a consortium of leading cultural institutions.”
A searchable, standardized method of digital image delivery, increasingly utilized throughout the sites listed above.
“Discover Europe’s digital cultural heritage. Search, save and share art, books, films and music from thousands of cultural institutions.”
“Linked Metadata For English-Language Texts, 1000–1300”
A digitial humanities project with implications for greater Old English context.
“Take control of your research photos with Tropy, a tool that shortens the path from finding archival sources to writing about them. Spend more time using your research photos, and less time hunting for them.”
An invaluable program for helping view and organize all of your visual research.
Race and Racism in the European Middle Ages (pdf)
Geraldine Heng, University of Texas at Austin
Resources on Medieval Difference and Disability
UCONN’s Medieval Studies Program
“Ten Proposals for a More Ethical Art History: An Undergraduate Perspective”
Emily Clark, Material Collective, June 19 2019
What Is a Codex?
Informational article at the Getty, with video.