By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 7 April 2009
Smarthistory is described as an “online art history textbook” and is presented in the form of an interactive timeline. Intended as an alternative to the traditional static Western art history textbook, the aim of the website is to expand the understanding of works of art through recorded conversations, which can be located on the website in the form of podcasts, Flash-based videos, and images. The material is accessible by ‘time’, ‘style’, ‘artist’ or ‘theme’.
Established in 2005 as a blog, Smarthistory is edited by Dr Beth Harris, who is currently Director of Digital Learning at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and Dr Steven Zucker, who is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century art and theory, and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, part of the State University of New York.