Art has a fascinating history. There are popular artists dating back to thousands of years ago. It’s a subject frequently used in pop culture to show sophistication and art theft is a popular topic for police procedurals. However, the topic isn’t difficult to learn. There are a ton of resources out there to view and learn about art and various artists. Here are the best art apps for Android!
For the sake of clarification, this list is for apps about existing artists and artwork. We have separate lists for drawing apps and apps for artists in the widget below if you’re looking for something to create art.
Amazon Shopping is a bit of a lame start to the list. However, it’s a decent spot for getting some cheap art. You won’t find any real art there. However, you can get reproductions of a lot of famous pieces of art. For instance, you can get a reproduction of Starry Night on a canvas for about $15. This is a good, cheap way to adorn your house with pieces of art without spending a fortune. After all, the originals are usually out of our price range so a good reproduction is a decent idea. Plus, it’s fun to window shop.
Art Saga is a decent art history app. It has a variety of artworks from various classic artists. The app tells you the story of each painting or work of art through storytelling with a neat little chat bot. You also get quizzes to see how well you retained the information. There isn’t a ton of content available for this one yet and it doesn’t take long to learn everything the app has. However, we assume more content is coming in future updates.
Price: Free / $6.99
DailyArt is like a more mature version of Art Saga. It boasts a collection and histories for over 2,000 pieces of artwork along with 700 artist biographies. The app also features Wear OS support, a home screen widget, and it keeps track of what you have and haven’t seen. The histories of each piece reads like an article on a website so it’s not quite as entertaining as something like Art Saga. However, the sheer volume of content will keep you busy for a long time.
Price: Free / Goods vary
Etsy is a modern day storefront for today’s artists. You can find all kinds of stuff here, including one-of-a-kind artworks, reproductions, and more. The content includes jewelry, posters, clothing items, paintings, sculptures, and whatever else you can think of. We like Etsy for this list because it gives you a chance to see what people are doing these days. Of course, most of today’s prominent artists don’t sell on Etsy so you’ll still need to view that stuff in other ways. Still, it’s a good way to peruse some unique stuff you probably haven’t seen before.
Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture is another art history app with quite possibly the largest collection of information of any app on the list. Google collaborated with over 70 museums to bring all kinds of artwork to your fingertips. You can also use a Google Cardboard device and browse museums in virtual reality. Some other featurs include a daily digest, the ability to check out cultural events near you, and a translate option in case you need it. The app is completely free and aside from some bugs, it’s a great app overall.
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Google Play Books
Price: Free / Book costs vary
Google Play Books along with Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook make great apps for art fans. You can find biographies about various artists, histories about artistic periods in history, and all kinds of other topics. The books always have more information than you’d find on Wikipedia and give you a deep dive into the lives of artists, the ins and outs of a particular art period, or other information about the art itself. There’s a whole book about saving the Louvre and its treasures for Nazis. It’s a good read. In any case, the apps are all free but book costs may vary. Those who want physical copies may need to use Amazon.
Muzei Live Wallpaper
Muzei is a live wallpaper app with a neat approach. It doesn’t have a ton of moving animations like most. However, it does change your background periodically with famous works of art. The app works quite simply. You open the app, find the ones you like, and make them your wallpaper. Users can set the app to change the wallpaper at regular intervals to other pieces of art. You can also use photos and images from your gallery if you want to. It’s a free app and it’s a good way to get a daily dose of art right on your home screen.
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $29.99 per year
Reddit is a messaging board website with basically any topic you can think of. Of course, that includes art. There are a variety of subreddits for amateur and professional artwork, art history, art wallpapers, and other such things. You simply need to search for it. The main art subreddits are usually people showing off their work. Some of it is honestly quite impressive. In any case, Reddit is free to use with advertising. You can remove ads and add some other features for $3.99 per month or $29.99 per year.
Wikipedia and Google Search are two more good resources for art fans. You can find basically any work of art, its history, images of it, and whatever else you need to find. Wikipedia obviously focuses more on the history of it. It’s a little shallow, but it’s right most of the time. Google Search is better for quick reference if you need to find that one painting by that one person from way back when. Plus, Wikipedia is quite easy to digest for younger audiences as well.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
YouTube and other video streaming services are decent for art fans. You can find various documentaries about artists and their artwork. Some of it is a bit fictionalized for entertainment value but that’s okay. YouTube has an okay selection of mini-documentaries about various things. Tons of YouTubers like to read Wikipedia with fun images laid over top. It’s not bad, but it’s another way to ingest information about various artworks and artists.
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