The British Museum’s running a new exhibition: A New World: England’s First View of America which features the watercolours of John White who visited what is now North Carolina and Virginia in the late sixteenth century. His granddaughter, Virginia Dare, was the first English child born in North America. (More in a review of the exhibition.)
Speaking of the BM, everyone should check out Compass, their ever-growing database of artifacts. My favourite? the Sutton Hoo helmet. They even have online tours on all sorts of themes and regions. Check out Animals in the British Museum or The Queen of Sheba: Treasures from Ancient Yemen.
I am beginning my Machiavellian scheming at my university to acquire an institutional subscription to Artstor. Academics will recognize that this is being developed as a sister site from Jstor. But instead of journals, we’re talking images. Nearly half a million images (including some gorgeous Quicktime videos) of world art and history stretching from prehistoric times right through the last century. (More details.) Highly recommended!