The CCA Libraries subscribe to Artstor, the premier image database for art and design research. It contains over two million high-resolution images contributed by museums, archives, universities, and libraries. Every image has corresponding data about the creator, materials used, and location of the original.
To download images, individual users need to create a free Artstor account. Our institutional subscription allows CCA faculty, students, and staff to use Artstor images (with proper attribution) for educational purposes such as research papers, presentations, and lectures.
High-resolution digital images for the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.
A digital library of more than two 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.
Artstor updated its interface in July 2017. This video will get you up to speed on the changes. If you are new to Artstor, it will give you a good idea what to expect.
Additional Image Resources
Images on the Web
These websites contain great collections of images as well:
Google Art Project
Google's collection of image's from museums and cultural institutions from around the world.
Over 50,000 images, including significant art and architecture collections, which "may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes."
Historical images of California including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts.
Victoria & Albert Museum (London)
The V&A is a world-class museum of art and design. The Museum holds over 3,000 years worth of artifacts from many of the world's richest cultures. Their online image database allows you to search for over 1,000,000 works from the V&A's collections, including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and textiles.
Metropolitan Museum (New York)
The Collection Database is a searchable database of artworks and related materials from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
San Francisco MOMA
SFMOMA's online collection of modern and contemporary art includes holdings in photography, painting and sculpture, architecture and design, and media arts.
Most images you will come across are protected by copyright. Images from ARTstor, Creative Commons images, and Worldimages are available for your use for educational purposes. Be careful if you use images from other sources, as you may be violating copyright. Just because it's freely available, doesn't mean that it's not copyright protected. Know the rules and use images fairly and conscientiously. For additional information on using and citing images, see our guide on copyright.