Major Period Groups

Prehistoric to Third Century

European and Aegean Neolithic sites and representation from ancient Near East cultures from the collections of the Louvre and Metropolitan museums; on-site photography from Turkey and Iran. Photography of the major Egyptian sites as well as in the Cairo and Luxor museums. Extensive on-site photography for classical Greece through Imperial Rome with in-depth coverage from Greek and Italian museum collections.

The Americas

Native North American sites and objects with particular coverage of the Northwest Coast and Pueblo cultures. On-site photography of the great ruins of Mesoamerica and South America, including Uxmal, Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan; Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo. Museum objects represent the major Mesoamerican cultures and the later school of Cuzco art.


The cultures of the African countries of Mali, Nigeria, Benin, Zaire, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bisseau, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are represented with works from the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France; and from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in the United States. Architecture from the east African country of Zimbabwe

Islamic and Levantine

On-site photography of mosques and secular architecture in Turkey, Egypt, Spain, Palestine, Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, China, India, Nigeria, France, Zanzibar and Burkina Faso. Objects from collections including the Institute of Oriental Studies (St. Petersburg), the Louvre, the Topkapi Palace Museum and Egyptian National Library.

Western: Early Christian to Gothic

Site photography from major European and British locales, including Conques, Cluny, Durham, St. Denis, Chartres, Amiens, Trier and Aachen; Early Christian Rome and Byzantine sites in Ravenna, Hosios Loukas, Mistras and Istanbul (Constantinople). Secular and religious art and architecture, urban planning panoramas and museum objects from over one hundred European museums and American collections.

Western: Renaissance to Rococo

Painting and sculpture photographed both in situ and in 150 museum collections including the major museums of western Europe such as the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi in Florence, the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. On-site photography of the architecture of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque, with special coverage of St. Peters in Rome; as well as Spanish and German Baroque monuments.

Western: Nineteenth Century

Painting and sculpture from museums of Western Europe with special coverage of late eighteenth century and nineteenth century French painting from the Giraudon Collection in the Bridgeman Art Library. Includes works of early photography. Coverage of public, religious and vernacular architecture in Europe and the Americas includes Spanish and American Colonial monuments. Styles range from Realist to Romantic to Richardsonian Romanesque; a complete survey of a tumultuous century.

Western: Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Early modern to contemporary art and architecture from around the world offers a range of styles from Post-Impressionist to Picasso to Pop; from Art Nouveau to Abstract Expressionist; and from the Chicago School to Modernismo in Barcelona to postmodern skyscrapers in Shanghai, and into the Twenty-first century.


The architecture of India is well represented with extensive on site photography of Sanchi, Ajanta, Karle, and Khajuraho; as are sites in China and Cambodia. The cultures of China, Japan, Korea, India, Nepal, Tibet and Cambodia are represented with works from the Shanghai Museum in China, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the United States, and the Musee Guimet in Paris.


Representative works from the cultures of Indonesia, the Philippines, New Caledonia, New Ireland, Vanuatu, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands from the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Western: History Picture Library

Look and Learn images from Bridgeman Education; primarily intended for K-12 schools.