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Visual Resources: Online Image Databases

CCA Library Databases


ARTstor » A digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for teaching and research. The collections include contributions from international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists -- including CCA.

Capp Street Project Archive » find images documenting installations and temporary projects sponsored by the Capp Street Project since 1983

CCA Images and Archives » search over 3,500 digital images from CCA's image and archive collections

Google Art Project

Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy -- with a view on Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus’

Google's Art Project provides extremely high resolution images from 155 different institutions in over 40 countries. Contributors include: Gemaldegalerie, Berlin; National Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Uffizi, Florence and many more. Downloads are not available, but images can be used from within the site. The user can also create personal galleries from within the site. 

For information on how to use the Google Image Project site, see their instructional YouTube video:
 

ARTstor Mobile

ARTstor now has mobile access for your smart phone or iPad. ARTstor is now accessible to registered users and users who are on-site at their licensed institution on compatible mobile operating systems. The mobile site for Apple devices and mobile app for Android devices allows users to search, browse, and view previously created image groups.

 

   

Usage Rights

This list includes sources that provide images for a wide range of uses, including academic and scholarly use, as well as images suitable for commercial publication. Each collection has different policies regarding the use of images in educational, academic and commercial contexts. Users must clear rights for images under copyright--even for non-commerical usage. Images in the public domain do not require clearance or permission, although you may prefer to work through image providers and agencies (e.g., the Artists Rights Society [ARS]) in order to purchase or license high-quality reproductions of public-domain works.

Please remember...

  • Make sure you always read and comply with the use restrictions for specific image sources.
  • Always cite images someone else created.
  • Images under copyright should not be sold or used in commercial products or for commercial purposes unless you have a licensing contract.

Museum Collections

 

                                       Getty Open Content Program                          Free, Unrestricted Use; Open Access; Artworks in the Public Domain


                                       Los Angeles County Museum of Art               Free, Unrestricted Use; Open Access; Artworks in the Public Domain


                                        National Gallery of Art                                    Free, Unrestricted Use; Open Access; Artworks in the Public Domain


                                        Walters Museum of Art                                   Free, Unrestricted Use; Open Access; Artworks in the Public Domain


                                       The Metropolitan Museum of Art                    Free for Scholarly Publication; Artworks in the Public Domain


                                Brooklyn Museum                                            Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study 

                                                                                                                                          Fee for Commercial Use


                                    The Frick Collection                                         Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study 


                                    Philadelphia Museum of Art                             Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                           Fee for Scholarly Publications and Commercial Use


 

           The Freer / Sackler Galleries                             Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                           Fee for Scholarly Publications and Commercial Use


                                                

                                  Guggenheim Museum                                   Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                           Fee for Scholarly Publications and Commercial Use


                                Museum of Fine Arts, Boston                       Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                           Fee for Scholarly Publications and Commercial Use


                                   Museum of Modern Art, New York             Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                           Fee for Scholarly Publications and Commercial Use


                                   Smithsonian American Art Museum          Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                           Fee for Scholarly Publications and Commercial Use


                                  The British Museum                                     Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                           Fee for Scholarly Publications and Commercial Use


​                                     Rijksmuseum                                                 Free, Unrestricted Use; Open Access


 

                                    National Gallery of Denmark                       Free, Unrestricted Use; Open Access


                                  The Hermitage Museum                              Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study


                                 The Prado Museum                                     Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                   Free for Print-Based Scholarly Publications


                                      Museum of New Zealand                             Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study


                               Victoria and Albert Museum                          Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                   Free for Print-Based Scholarly Publications


                               The Tate Collection                                         Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                           Fee for Scholarly Publications and Commercial Use


                                Musée du Louvre                                           Free for Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                           Fee for Scholarly Publications and Commercial Use

 

Library and Manuscript Collections


                           British Library Illuminated Manuscripts         Free, Unrestricted Use; Artworks in the Public Domain


                           Library of Congress Digital Collections         Free, Unrestricted Use; Artworks in the Public Domain


 

                           Digital Public Library of America                    Free, Unrestricted Use; Artworks in the Public Domain


                           HathiTrust Digital Library                                Free, Unrestricted Use; Artworks in the Public Domain


                           National Library of the Netherlands               Free, Unrestricted Use; Artworks in the Public Domain


                           Yale University                                                 Free, Unrestricted Use; Artworks in the Public Domain


                           The Wellcome Library                                      Free, Unrestricted Use; Open Access


                           World Images Kiosk                                     Free for Personal Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study; 

                                                                                                                                    Fee for Publication Use


                            The Huntington Library                                Free for Personal Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;

                                                                                                                                    Fee for Publication Use


                         New York Public Library                          Free for Personal Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study;  

                                                                                                                                   Fee for Publication Use


 

              National Library of France                          Free for Personal Use in Education, Teaching, and Academic Study; 

                                                                                                                               Fee for Publication Use; Fee for Commercial Use

Cultural Heritage Organzitions

 

Réunion des Musées Nationaux (France)                             Image Use Varies by Institution


Europeana                                                                                Image Use Varies by Institution


Art Resource                                                                            Image Use Varies by Institution

Commercial Image Databases

 

Alamy (UK)                            Fee-Based Stock Image Database                                 


Alinari (Italy)                          Fee-Based Stock Image Database; Discount for Academic Publishing


Bridgeman Art Library          Fee-Based Fine Arts Image Database


BPK (Germany)                      Fee-Based Fine Arts Image Database


Corbis Images                       Fee-Based Fine Arts, Photogrpahy and Stock Image Database


Getty Images                         Fee-Based Fine Arts, Photogrpahy and Stock Image Database


 Scala (Italy)                           Fee-Based Fine Arts Image Database