Mission Statement

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European (Western) art and architecture. The creation of this website is one of the results of a broader project started in 1996 with the following basic objectives:

  • working out techniques for the efficient use of the Internet in visual education (in elementary and middle schools as well as in home schooling) and evaluate these techniques by creating an on-line educational tool in art history,
  • working out experimentally a new multimedia "genre" (a composite of picture exhibition, catalogue, essays, database, meeting place, art forum, etc.) best suitable for presenting and popularising classical visual art on the Internet.

We intend to create a collection as comprehensive as possible. Due to limited resources, this cannot be done for all periods of art history, therefore the scope of the collection is focused to works of art and architecture created in the time period from the 3rd up to the 19th centuries. The extension of this period to classical antiquity and to the 20th century is not planned, it is beyond our means.

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