Smarthistory is a free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional and static art history textbook.
The authors noted, "Smarthistory is an independent organization, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit with its own website, Smarthistory.org. It would be more correct to state that Smarthistory is also an official partner of Khan Academy. We oversee all the art history content on Khan Academy but that is only one of our platforms"
According to the site 'We understand the history of humanity through art. From prehistoric depictions of woolly mammoths to contemporary abstraction, artists have addressed their time and place in history and have expressed universal human truths for tens of thousands of years. Learn what made Rome great, how Islamic tile work evolved, why the Renaissance happened, and about the brilliant art being produced today around the globe. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker of Smarthistory together with leading art historians, and our museum partners have created hundreds of short engaging conversational videos and articles, making Khan Academy one of the most accessible and extensive resources for the study of the history of art.'