Publishing the multi-volume History of Estonian Art was initiated in 1999. It is the longest-running research project of the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture. The Estonian-language volumes are accompanied by lengthy English summaries.
Editor-in-chief: Krista Kodres
Partners: Institute of Art History and Visual Culture (general editor and project manager prof Krista Kodres) in collaboration with the Department of History of the University of Tartu (Jaak Kangilaski, Juta Keevalllik, Kaur Alttoa), art history section of the Institute of History (Kersti Markus, Ants Hein, Anu Mänd), Art Museum of Estonia (Tiina Abel, Mai Levin, Eha Komissarov, Anne Lõugas, Kadi Polli), Museum of Estonian Architecture (Karin Hallas-Murula), Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia (Sirje Helme), Estonian Women’s Studies Centre (Eda Sepp), Tallinn Art Hall (Reet Varblane), chair of Art History at the Pedagogical College/Tallinn University (Kaalu Kirme), Uppsala University (Jan von Bonsdorff), Kanut restoration workshop (Pia Ehasalu).
Funded by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
So far the following books have been published in the series:
2005 – vol. 2 (period 1520–1770; ed. Krista Kodres)
2010 – vol. 5 (period 1900–1940; ed. Mart Kalm), was awarded the national annual prize in history writing (Eesti ajalookirjanduse aastapreemia)
2013 – vol. 6/I (period 1940–1969; ed. Jaak Kangilaski)
2016 – vol. 6/II (period 1969–1991; ed. Jaak Kangilaski), was awarded the national annual prize in history writing (Eesti ajalookirjanduse aastapreemia)
2017 – vol. 3 (period 1770–1840; ed. Juhan Maiste)
2020 – vol. 4 (period 1840–1900; ed. Juta Keevallik)
Scheduled for the upcoming years:
Vol. 1 (Ancient and medieval era; ed. Kersti Markus)
Vol. 7 (1991–2020; ed. Virve Sarapik)