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Art and Architecture in Video

Art and Architecture in Video

Art and Architecture in Video, an online streaming film collection, offers documentaries and interviews illustrating the theory and practice of a variety of art forms and providing the context necessary for critical analysis. Ideal for both undergraduate and graduate courses, the works within this collection offer a dynamic tool to enhance understanding of visual media.

The collection spans period and region, including coverage of the Renaissance, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Modern, and Contemporary art. In addition to art history and theory, the collection addresses applied topics such as architectural and graphic design. The breadth of coverage makes this collection integral to both scholarship and technique, providing access to information about the seminal artists and works that continue to inspire the painters, architects, designers, and critics of today.

Notable selections​

  • Icons of 20th Century Design, a series that analyses the conception and impact of world renowned design elements for companies such as Coca Cola and Volkswagen.
  • Sculptures of the Louvre, a series highlighting the famed museum’s great masterpieces and their historical contexts. (Available in the US only.)
  • The Emperor’s Eye: Art and Power in Imperial China, a documentary that brings to light the priceless treasures of China’s Imperial art collection, relating them to the political climate of their time.

Access points for research and discovery

Browse by people, themes, and topics. View videos by filmmaker, country of origin, production date, producer, and other features. More than 15 combinable search fields let you cross-search all video transcripts, liner notes, bibliographic data (including producer, series, title, country of origin, publication date, narrator, production staff, and more), and many other indexed fields, including person discussed, year discussed, and all of the browse options listed above.

Functionality for scholarship and classroom use

  • Synchronized, searchable transcripts run alongside each video.
  • Visual tables of contents let you quickly scan each video.
  • Permanent URLs let users cite and share video.
  • An embeddable video player lets libraries and instructors deliver video content to other users on secure Web site pages or via course management systems.
  • Rich playlist functionality lets users create, annotate, and organize clips and include links to other content.
  • Permissions for in-class, on-campus, and remote-access viewing are all included in the license terms.

Publication details

Art and Architecture in Video is an online collection available to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide via subscription. No special setup or software is required—all you need is an Internet browser.


Art and Architecture in Video provides streaming access to hundreds of hours of excellent documentaries and interviews...Recommended.

K. Greer, Oakland University CHOICE