Additional Online Catalogues and Collections
These online catalogues and collections were made to showcase specific areas of the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection of more than 45,000 objects.
Explore over 750 objects from the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection, from all nine curatorial areas. This collection lets you explore the history of art across the world and across time, and is the most comprehensive look at the museum's many wonders.
Create a splatter painting, dress up a portrait, and make your own still life in this fun web module designed for second graders and based on artworks in the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection.
Explore the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection of over 200 traditional art objects from Kenya, purchased by the museum in 2014. Works from over fifteen different ethnic groups including the Turkana, Meru, Pokot, Massai, Samburu, Rendile, and more.
An online companion to our exhibition Colors in Classical Art. It explores the role of color in the classical tradition as embodied by the arts of ancient Greece and Rome, and the inaccurate perception that color in classical art was limited to pristine white marble and the black and red palette typically found in Greek pottery.
Tapa: Unwrapping Polynesian Barkcloth is a student-curated website utilizing the rich Pacific collections of the Eskenazi Museum of Art. In this collection are several exceptional pieces of tapa that had not been studied previously, giving students an opportunity to conduct original research on objects in a museum collection.
The Eskenazi Museum of Art's commitment to showcasing African American art dates to the 1969 exhibition Four Artists, which featured the work of four young black artists. Over the years, many important images by African American artists have been added to the museum's collections. This website makes images of these pieces available to students, scholars, and the general public in order to encourage further research on this aspect of our collection and to stimulate future acquisitions of works by African American artists.
Information about the Eskenazi Museum of Art's 2004 retrospective of the photographs of Art Sinsabaugh, the first complete survey of the artist's career. Included are over eighty-five images and information about Sinsabaugh's archive which is part of the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection of over 12,000 photographs.
The twenty-five photographs in this online catalogue, selected from the collection of the Eskenazi Museum of Art, are a tiny portion of approximately 270,000 negatives produced by a department of the Farm Security Administration during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Their immediate purpose was to show the need for government intervention and to promote government programs intended to help impoverished rural citizens.
The thirty pieces of sculpture highlighted in this online catalogue are a small part of a larger collection given by the estate of Dr. Arthur R. Metz to Indiana University. An active alumnus and an avid collector of both fine and decorative arts, Dr. Metz retired from his medical practice in Chicago to the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.
This catalogue features artworks from the Wielgus Collection. In 1990, Raymond and Laura Wielgus committed their collection of art from Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas —one of the premier private collections in the United States—and financial resources to the museum. In recognition of their extraordinary generosity, the museum named the gallery housing its collection of the arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas in their honor.
This is a companion piece to the exhibition The Grand Tour: Art and Travel, 1740–1914, which was on display at the Indiana University Art Museum from September 20 through December 21, 2008. The exhibition included ninety-eight works from the museum's permanent collection, as well as ten books from the Lilly Library. A variety of visual materials— paintings, sculptures, drawings and watercolors, photographs, sketchbooks, journals, and illustrated travel memoirs and guidebooks—reveal the intersections of art, travel, culture, and politics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European and North American society.
This permanent online exhibit is an adaptation of the Eskenazi Museum of Art's 2009 special exhibition, From Pen to Printing Press: Ten Centuries of Islamic Book Arts. All of the materials featured in the exhibit and on this website are housed in Indiana University collections on the Bloomington campus, primarily at the art museum or the IU Lilly Library, and are accessible to the general public.
An avid art collector, Herman B Wells displayed artwork ranging from sixteenth-century paintings to contemporary sculpture throughout his home and office. Living with Art offers a glimpse into his personal collection, gifted to the museum and campus art collection.
Nearly one hundred years ago, stunning textiles were unearthed from shallow burials in the sandy soil of Egypt. Though mostly fragmentary, their bold pictorial designs, saturated colors, and rich textures exerted unmitigated appeal. This native Egyptian art—first pagan, then Christian—was called "Coptic." The examples of Coptic art in the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection date from the third to twelfth centuries, spanning late Roman, early Byzantine, and early Islamic times. This site gives context to this artwork, with a timeline and introduction to Coptic materials and techniques.
Designed for sixth graders, this web module focuses on selected artworks from four areas of the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection of Western art: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque. Each work of art is featured with a timeline, fun facts, and high-resolution images.
Learning to Look introduces students to artists’ materials and tools, provides tips and definitions for establishing a visual vocabulary, and offers a glimpse into the collections and artworks on view at the Eskenazi Museum of Art.
This web module provides students of all ages opportunities to learn more about Indiana’s cultural and industrial history through Thomas Hart Benton’s murals, located in the IU Auditorium. Specific people, places, and ideas depicted in these murals are highlighted.
Click here to view the Fourth Grade Guide to the Thomas Hart Benton Murals
Designed for fifth graders, this web module was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The sixteen examples of artwork illustrated here represent the museum’s extensive American painting and works on paper collections and serve to complement the NEH’s website Picturing America.