All The World's Art

The Art Genome Project
Nov 21, 2012 5:03PM

At, we constantly think about what it means to have access to all of the world’s art. Until recently, the art on has been largely Western and contemporary, yet with the exciting addition in recent months of more than fifty institutional partners and even more gallery partners from around the world, we are quickly expanding on what we can offer users of the world’s art. 

As such, we wanted to keep you informed of a few recent developments:

-We have recently added more African art to the site, spanning from ancient cultures to contemporary figurines. An example is this Mende work. We particularly enjoy how (in a very basic sense) it brings together other masks from throughout history and across geographic regions.

-There are now more Chinese artworks, such as this Zhao Zhiqian work or this Qing Dynasty scroll. Something that users may find interesting is how this brings to the fore various connections between other scroll paintings, other examples of East Asian Calligraphy, as well as works influenced by East Asian Calligraphy.

-We now have a gene for Arabic/Farsi Calligraphy, which provides a helpful comparison to something like Chinese calligraphic styles, and represents another way to understand writing’s relationship to art and art history.

-We have increased the number of Ceremonial objects.

-We have added more religious art to the site, including well-known works like Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Related to this, now you can search for the manuscript medium gene and more specifically Bible Stories.

-One final note, the Venus of Willendorf (seen above) was an exciting addition and expands our grouping of depictions of Venus throughout history.

We hope you enjoy these new additions. As always, please do not hesitate to send us your feedback on any of these new additions or anything related to art search.

-Clare McLaughlin, Research Assistant

The Art Genome Project