Is Smarthistory reliable?

Yes. Smarthistory offers art history content by more than five hundred leading scholars (art historians, archaeologists, and museum curators). Almost all contributors hold an earned Ph.D. All Smarthistory content has undergone an open peer-review process where it is vetted by multiple scholars including those with applicable area expertise. Every essay on Smarthistory lists the author and links to their academic credentials. Smarthistory is recommended by more than 500 universities, museums, and a broad spectrum of other art and education organizations, including centers for advanced research and community colleges.

What is Smarthistory?
Smarthistory is a center for public art history with thousands of free videos and essays written by experts who want to share their knowledge with learners around the world. Smarthistory was founded in 2005 by two art historians, Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker.

Who uses Smarthistory?
Millions of people use Smarthistory every year, including undergraduate and graduate students, museum visitors, life-long learners, and university professors.

How can I find the art I want to learn about?
Use the search box or the Histories of Art pull down menu at the top of every page. You can also use the left navigation once you are on a content page. Have fun exploring!

How can I cite Smarthistory?
A citation is provided at the bottom of every Smarthistory content page.

Can I use Smarthistory in class?
Yes! Smarthistory is a leading OER (open educational resource) and is designed for use in schools, museums, and at home. Smarthistory uses a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

How is Smarthistory supported?
Smarthistory is a non-profit organization. We do not allow advertising and we do not charge fees. We even give our books away for free! We are supported by grants and gifts from those who believe in our mission. If you can, please support Smarthistory here.

Is Smarthistory part of Khan Academy?
Smarthistory provides the art history content found on Khan Academy, but we are separate organizations.

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