ARTstor recently added 301 images of historic art and architecture illustrations to the Digital Library. This collection is the result of a project undertaken by Allan Kohl at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. To find these images, click on “Image Gallery” from the ARTstor Welcome page. Choose “Historic Illustrations of Art and Architecture” to view all images in this collection.

These historic illustrations were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many originally appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation (see the list of publications below). These engravings, line drawings, and plans reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time. By their very nature, they often represent subjective interpretations of the monuments and works depicted, and as such they offer fascinating insights into the cultural values of art and architectural history during the formative years of these disciplines.

While these illustrations are often beautiful examples of the draftsman’s or engraver’s skill, by their very nature they also represent subjective interpretations of the monuments and works depicted. Anyone wishing to use these images for teaching and research purposes should bear this in mind. Moreover, some of these illustrations may no longer reflect current scholarship due to ongoing research and critical reassessment of individual sites and works since their original publication. Therefore, the use of these images for pedagogical purposes should be complemented as necessary by comparison with updated plans, drawings, and photographs of the subject works and sites.

The historic illustrations contained in this collection were originally scanned from the following publications:

  • Architecture, Sculpture, and the Industrial Arts Among the Nations of Antiquity / a series of illustrations arranged chronologically, and forming an atlas, to be used in connection with any work on the history of art. Authorized American edition, published under the supervision of S. R. Koehler. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1879. Series I.
  • Architecture, Sculpture, and the Industrial Arts Among the Nations of Antiquity / a series of illustrations arranged chronologically, and forming an atlas, to be used in connection with any work on the history of art. Authorized American edition, published under the supervision of S. R. Koehler. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1879. Series II.
  • Fletcher, Banister. A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method. Sixth edition, rewritten and enlarged. New York: Charles Scribner¹s Sons, 1921.
  • Lübke, Wilhelm. Outlines of the History of Art. A new translation from the seventh German edition, edited by Clarence Cook. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company, 1881. Volume I.
  • Michel, André. Histoire de l¹Art / depuis les premiers temps chrétiens jusqu¹a nos jours. Paris: Librairie Armand Colin, 1905. Tome I, Deuxieme partie.
  • Reinach, Salomon. Apollo / an illustrated manual of the history of art throughout the ages. From the French by Florence Simmonds. New edition, revised by the author. New York: Charles Scribner¹s Sons, 1914.