This is a list of online resources useful for finding at least minimal information on artists, such as their life dates. Feel free to add more. Please keep the countries in alphabetic order.
- Public Art around the World.
- Luminous Lint: photography web site w/ life dates of many photographers.
- Getty's Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)
- Mirlyn - UMich library catalog. If Google books gives only a snippet view, but says it was digitized by UMich, try locating it here and look for a "Hathi" link. Maybe you'll get the full view that way. See .
- Postcard publishers
- Australian Dictionary of Biography online
- Austalasian Art Obituaries Index, for deaths since 1990, with a few earlier entries.
- Dansk Biografisk Lexikon, 1st ed., 1887 - 1905
- Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon
- Weilbachs, 1947
- Illustreret Tidende, Danish weekly newspaper, 1865-1924.
Also other references from Runeberg.org.
- insecula lots of artwork, with authors, from all over the world.
- List of French medaillists
- 19century members of the French Photographers' Association
- Bn-Opale information on all writers and artists with work in the BNF
- Joconde, French or non-French artists with works in the Joconde database (birth and death dates and locations)
- Public art in Marseille
- Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopädie, Saur, 2nd ed., index
- Meyers Konversationslexikon, 1905
- Retrobib: several old encyclopedias: Meyers 1885-1892, Brockhaus 1894-1896, Biographisches Künstlerlexikon 1882
- Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon
- Liste bekannter Medailleure
- List of German architects
- Historische Fotostudios: database with more than 2'500 studios.
- Graphic designers/poster artists in the DHM collection, not only Germans
- Architects, sculptors, etc. who worked in Dresden and/or Saxony.
- Catalog of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.
- Image catalog of the Bayrische Staatsbibliothek, containing the "Fotoarchiv Hoffmann" (search this for German WWII photos!)
- State Archive of Hessen. Just try a search (lower left corner) for "Lastname" or "Lastname, Firstname".
- Berliner Adressbücher 1799-1943
- Hamburger Adressbücher mit Links zu weiteren Adressbüchern
- Bildportal der Kunstmuseen: large database, also for photos.
Finding works if author known:
- Search at the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin, fulltext search, has e.g. the "Centralblatt der Bauverwaltung" (useful for architecture & sculpture)
Images of artworks, often with author information:
- Timarit.is: Icelandic newspapers, both old and recent.
- Mens & Dier in Steen & Brons ("Men & Animals in Stone & Bronze") Sculpture database with photos and lots of artists.
- catalog of the Royal Library. Search for "auteur/medewerker".
- Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Dokumentatie.
- Nordisk familiebok and other reference works at Runeberg.org.
- Caplex: gratis leksikon på Internett.
- Person register of the Lindemanutgåva, a 19th century collection of Nordic folk songs. The register contains many people, not only singers or componists, sometimes with life dates.
- Catalog of the BNE: very often with life dates. Also good for images! Also check this for Dutch engravers!
- Svenskt biografiskt handlexikon and other reference works at Runeberg.org
- fotoCH Swiss photographers.
- Lexikon Fotografie from Fotostiftung Schweiz: Swiss photographers.
- SIKART: database of Swiss artists. Many with encyclopedic articles.
- Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz: general historical encyclopedia, also contains many artists.
- List of some British sculptors (from Bob Speel)
- photoLondon: 19th century photographers in and around London
- Early photographic studios.
- Bridgeman Art Library
- National Art Library at the V&A
- National Portrait Gallery
- List of engravers and illustrators
- Devon Libraries Local Studies Service: Biographical dictionary of printmakers
- Public art in Philadelphia
- List of engravers and illustrators
- Digital gallery of the New York Public Library
- Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalogue
- USMA West Point: Biographical Register of Officers and Graduates by George Washington Cullum; up to the 1950s. Less useful for artists, but good for bios of U.S. military people.