What is Smarthistory?
Smarthistory is the 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.

Cite this page as: Smarthistory, "FAQ," in Smarthistory, February 10, 2022, accessed May 27, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/faq/.