Site URL: ArtGallery.Yale.edu
Content: The online home of the Ivy League institution’s venerable art collection offers information on Yale’s holdings, as well as resources for studying the various pieces in the collection.
Design: Yale does a good job of balancing artistic expression and user experience with design. The only area that really pushes the design envelope is the homepage, and even that is fairly muted. Interior pages are straightforward, providing information and images in an efficient yet elegant manner.
Review: More than just a listing of the countless items in the collection, this site provides educators with just enough academic information to engage middle- and high-school students. Rather than go into graduate-level depth regarding the history and inspirations behind the works, Yale gives a brief background about each of the eras represented in its collection. Whether it’s African Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Coins or Sculpture, educators get an introduction, overview of the area’s curator and a suggested reading list.
No art museum site would be complete without a solid gallery of its holdings, and Yale does not disappoint. Hundreds of detailed images highlight the best and most interesting pieces in the collection. They are easily viewable in-browser, making it a snap to project them onto a Smartboard or screen.
Bottom Line: Art instructors who want to infuse a bit of history and perspective into their lessons would do well to bookmark this site.