Harvard Art Museums publications inspire new ways of seeing and understanding art. Growing out of the museums’ teaching, learning, and research mission, these publications invite students, scholars, and members of the public to explore and appreciate works of art: their aesthetics and ingenuity, their making and materiality, their history and conservation. They serve the museums’ efforts to activate objects as engines of visual and intellectual inquiry, engaging voices from a range of disciplines and pursuing topics from diverse areas of social, political, and cultural life.


Our catalogues seek to illuminate the big idea or story underlying an exhibition, responding to the specific objective and unique character of each show. They also highlight strengths in our collections and other interesting aspects of our history and mission.

Digital Publications

These digital collection catalogues document and interpret the history of significant objects from our collections. They increase access to the collections, ensuring that our holdings are available and subject to new scholarship and fresh perspectives.


Index connects visitors—actual and virtual—with the Harvard Art Museums. It’s an A to Z showcase of what is new or noteworthy about us, from upcoming events and exhibitions to the people and collections that make up this vibrant 21st-century laboratory for the arts.