Wikipedia:WikiProject Visual arts

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WikiProject Visual arts, a sub-project of WikiProject Arts, is a place for Wikipedians to discuss issues and organize information about the visual arts. Like any page on Wikipedia, all are welcome to edit and contribute to this WikiProject.

Rather than try to force information to appear in a uniform way, this WikiProject presents guidelines to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. These recommendations for creating visual arts content are based on various Wikipedia style guides and common practices for writing good articles. Use your own judgment in applying these guidelines, along with other Wikipedia guidelines, to compose articles and be bold.

If you would like to help, see the How to help section below and ask questions on the talk page.

Feel free to add your name to the participants list and/or add the project userbox {{User WikiProject Visual arts}} to your user page.


The project seeks to improve the quality of articles related to the visual arts. The main category that represents articles that fall within the scope of this project is Category:Visual arts (Category:Art has merged into this).

A proposed schema for the various subcategories that would also fall within the scope of this project can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject_Visual_arts/Art_categories.



  1. To provide a place to discuss common issues on visual arts related pages.
  2. To thoroughly explore the visual arts globally and historically.
  3. To ensure all pages meet the standards of Wikipedia:Cite sources. See also WikiProject Fact and Reference Check.
  4. To manage editing of the Visual Arts portal.
  5. To discuss and categorize project pages.

How to help[edit]

How you can help depends on your time, resources, and interest. Here are a variety of ideas for contributions ranging from simple to complex. Take a look at the Open Tasks section of this page for more article-specific tasks.

If you'd like to help with any of the below and want assistance, post a query on the talk page. Project members will be glad to help.

Develop articles[edit]

Writing and editing[edit]

Open Tasks[edit]


Here are some Open Tasks :

Article alerts[edit]

Today's featured articles

Did you know

Articles for deletion

Proposed deletions

Categories for discussion

Featured article candidates

Good article nominees

Peer reviews

Requested moves

Articles to be merged

Articles to be split

Articles for creation

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Work in tandem with Wikipedia:WikiProject Biography/Arts and entertainment


An automatically updated list of articles that have been tagged for cleanup is linked here.

Visual arts portal[edit]

Maintain articles[edit]

Articles for deletion[edit]

It is important to have an input into Articles for deletion. There is now a special page for visual art articles, which needs to be maintained, updated and monitored. It can be found here: WikiProject Deletion sorting/Visual arts. Articles need to be added manually: please add any AfD you want to draw attention to, and also put it on your watchlist.


Larger tasks[edit]

  • Move art images to Wikicommons. Suggestion only. Move eligible (world-wide public domain) art images to Wikicommons
  • Categories.See Portal:Visual_arts/Categories. Categorization ideas Art categories
  • Increasing the representation of visual art outside the Western canon: a task force page lists target articles for improvement or creation, as well as related resources
  • Development. Can we try and get Arts and Crafts Movement at least up to B-Class? The article on this important and influential movement, which dominated the decorative arts in Britain from 1890–1915, should be a lot better than it is. I have added to it but I'd appreciate some collaborators.

Visual arts project[edit]

  • Add the project template {{Visual arts}} to the talk pages of relevant articles that don't already have one.
  • Join the discussions on the project talk page.
  • Publicize – Inform editors who have displayed interest in visual arts about the project via their talk page.
  • Take a look at the project to-do list and help with listed project-related tasks.


Useful information[edit]

Online resources: artworks/art books[edit]

  • Guggenheim modern art books for free [1]
  • Paris Musees released digital artworks [2]
  • Art Institute of Chicago released digital images [3]
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: art works in public domain [4], 600+ art books to download or view online for free [5]
  • Getty Museum artworks: virtual library to download [6]
  • New York Public Library: released artworks, images, books. [7]
  • Smithsonian Open Access: Artworks, images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo. 3 million images and resources available for open source use as of late 2020 [1] [8]



Most popular pages[edit]

Similar WikiProjects[edit]

See also


New names at top. It's not necessary to list your name here to edit this page or edit related articles. Feel free to display the project userbox on your userpage: {{User WikiProject Visual arts}}.

Recognized content[edit]

Featured article candidates[edit]

Total pages in content type is 2

Featured articles[edit]

Total pages in content type is 199

Featured lists[edit]

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Good article nominees[edit]

Total pages in content type is 8

Good articles[edit]

Total pages in content type is 458

Featured portals[edit]

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