Travelers and art lovers this is for you. What began in 2005 as a blog featuring free audio guides for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art has become the leading open educational resource for art history. Smarthistory was created by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker and merged with the Khan Academy in 2011. It has received numerous awards and honors and is used by leading institutions and major colleges and universities, such as Princeton and Harvard.
You can explore this multimedia web-book by choosing a time period, style, artist, or theme. You can also scroll through the front page gallery. If you are new to art history there is an entire section on the homepage that is dedicated to getting you started. There are web_boomers_images that share their subject expertise and the essays are written by experts as well. There’s so much to see and explore. Get the most out of Smarthistory by watching this Websmartboomer video that includes some helpful tips.
Closed captioning is available. Click on the attachments link below to download the transcript.