The world’s best art museums are the ideal place to study art history. Unfortunately, visiting some of the world’s preeminent museums to study art history is not always possible. Museums such as the National Gallery in London, the Getty Museum and the Louvre give you a chance to browse some of their collections through interactive apps. These artistic apps, along with other apps highlighting famous works of art and art movements are a must-have for art history teachers and students.
Art Lite allows you to view some of the greatest works of art on your phone or tablet. In addition to allowing you to view the pictures, you can save them to your photo library and use them as backgrounds or share them with others. To test your knowledge of famous works of art, play the art quiz. While the 700+ images in the lite version should keep you busy for a while, you can also purchase the full app for more art.
Love Art takes you behind the scenes at the National Gallery in London. The museum’s director, artists and art historians provide commentary on some of the works featured in the app. You can look at the works of art up close by zooming in on the high-resolution images and browse works contained in the collection by common themes.
Visit the Musee du Louvre without flying to Paris. The artistic app introduces you to 100 of the most popular pieces from the Louvre’s collection and contains multiple high-resolution images of each piece. You will also learn a bit about the museum’s history and share what you’ve learned with friends.
Art Authority is a comprehensive art app, featuring works from over 1,000 artists. Study an artists’ work chronologically or explore works from multiple artists during a specific period. Scroll through the galleries while listening to classical music and zoom in to explore some of the more intriguing pieces in-depth.
Art Museum (Match ‘Em Up History & Geography) helps build your knowledge of art history through its fun quizzes. Practice matching famous works of art with the artists who created them as you move through the four rounds. You can play alone or against a friend.
The Guggenheim contains unique collections of art and you can explore some of them with the Guggenheim Bilbao app. You can explore the architecture of the museum and explore the modern and contemporary art it contains. The works the app contains are a change from many of the classic works featured by other museums and apps.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York features works from modern and contemporary artists. If you cannot make it to explore the latest exhibitions in person, you can explore them and past exhibitions through MoMa’s app. Also included in the app are video and audio tours of some of the collections and tools for helping you study the names of artists and their works.
One of the oldest museums in Europe, the Uffizi Gallery features Italian and European art. Explore work from some of the masters and lesser-known artists as you tour the museum through the app. The app itself is designed more to help you plan a visit to the gallery, but after viewing the 30+ works it offers, a trip to the museum may be at the top of your list.
iMuseum Musee d’Orsay gives you a chance to explore another famous Parisian art museum. Unlike the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay features modern art from the 19th and 20th century. With the app, you can view and read interpretations of over 30 of the museum’s most celebrated works.
Art History Test gives you a chance to improve your art history using flash cards. The flash cards feature famous works of art to test your knowledge of information such as the artist, medium and title of each piece. You also can quiz yourself by viewing only a small section of a work of art or study works of art from specific periods.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.