The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is funded by the Heilbrunn Foundation, New Tamarind Foundation, and Zodiac Fund. The Timeline of Art History presents the Met’s collection via a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history. Targeted at students and scholars of art history, it is an invaluable reference, research, and teaching tool. Authored by the Met’s experts—predominantly made up of curators but also of conservators, scientists, and educators—the Timeline comprises 300 timelines, 930 essays, close to 7,000 objects, and a robust index, and is regularly updated and enriched to provide new scholarship and insights on the collection.
World Maps. World Maps, and accompanying regional maps, are used to navigate to different regions of the world within a selected time period or geographical region.
Timelines. Timelines provide a linear outline of art history, and allow visitors to compare and contrast art from around the globe at any time in history. There are 300 timelines in total, and each includes representative works of art from the Museum's collection, a chart of time periods, a historical overview, a list of key events, and related content.
Thematic Essays. Thematic essays focus on specific themes in art history, including artistic movements and periods, archaeological sites, empires and civilizations, recurrent themes and concepts, media, and artists. There are 900 thematic essays, and each includes links to related themes and timelines and often demonstrates the cross-fertilization of civilizations.
Works of Art. The works of art in the Metropolitan's collection celebrate human creativity from around the world and from all eras. The Timeline places more than 6000 works in a comprehensive chronological, geographical, and thematic context. Each image can be enlarged for closer scrutiny and is accompanied by supporting material, including when available, links to technical glossaries on CAMEO and artist biographies from Oxford Art Online.
Indexes. The Timeline is indexed by chronology, geography, theme, and subject. Links to world regions, timelines, thematic essays, works of art, and the general index provide methods for more directed research.