How Smarthistory stacks up (and why museums should care about YouTube)

As part of our effort to assess Smarthistory’s effectiveness, we have begun to compare our reach against that of other providers of high-quality art history content on the web. Museums produce learning content that is broadly similar to that produced by Smarthistory. However, very few institutions come close to our increasingly global scope, number of […]

Using SmartHistory to Generate Good Conversations in the Art History Survey —by Karen Gonzalez Rice, Connecticut College

Smarthistory has contributed to the transformation of student engagement in my Renaissance-to-the-Present survey classroom. For many students, this survey may be the only art history course that they take in college, and my most important learning goal is that they leave the course with the ability to talk about unfamiliar artworks they encounter outside the […]

Come to: “The Ancient Cities of Uzbekistan: An Exploration into the Silk Road and its Architectural and Religious Heritage,” an illustrated lecture given by Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (Smarthistory contributing editor) and George H. Lewis

Few images are more romanticized in the West than those of the Silk Road. Camel caravans laden with silk, carpets, and exotic spices have populated the western imagination since Marco Polo’s remarkable journey into China. However, the exchange on the Silk Road, or perhaps better the Silk Roads, was far more nuanced and complex. People […]

Manar-al-Athar — Free resource for the study of the Middle East (by Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis)

The legacy of the Classical World’s material culture cannot be underestimated in the monuments of the Early Islamic world. The local mosaic traditions of Syro-Palestine, as well as those of Alexandria and Constantinople, were fundamental to the construction and decoration of monuments, such as the Dome of the Rock and Great Mosque of Damascus. The remarkable monuments of the […]

Beth in the Abbey of Fontenay

Just what is Smarthistory?

When we founded Smarthistory we focused on the needs of our students and the potential of the web for learning and dissemination—we never asked ourselves “what are we?,” “what should Smarthistory be like?” Perhaps as a result, we don’t often turn up on lists of open textbooks, or digital museum resources, or digital humanities (or digital […]