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Very high quality images of art from museums around the world

The ARTstor Digital Library provides more than one million images with tools for teaching and research. Its collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from all over the world. The collections encompass a wide variety of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

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AP Images

Over 160 years of Associated Press news photographs

AP (Associated Press) Images provides photographs, audio sound bites, graphics and text spanning over 160 years of history. It contains over one million photographs dating back to 1826 and as current as a few moments ago, tens of thousands of graphics, audio files dating from the 1920's, and news stories dating from 1997.

Bridgeman Images in Credo Reference

Hundreds of thousands images of artwork from leading institutional collections

The Bridgeman collections include images of paintings, photographs, sculptures, antiques, furniture and artifacts ranging from ancient history to present day. The works are arranged by type and region.

See the Credo: Primary Sources in Academic Core: Artworks guide for more information.


Millions of rights-cleared images

"The Bridgeman Art Gallery, Getty Images, the Science Photo Library, Ingram Publishing, the National Geographic Society, and other trusted image sources have joined with Britannica to provide the best and broadest offering of curriculum-relevant imagery and clip art materials (infographics, signs and symbols, graphic concepts, and cool vector illustrations), all rights-cleared for educational, non-commercial use."

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American Memory from the Library of Congress

Documents the American experience from written words to sheet music to images

Provides free online access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. Materials from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.

Brooklyn Museum of Art Digital Collections

Over 12,000 images from the BMA collections.

View over 12,000 images from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The collection contains images that range from ancient to contemporary, and encompass virtually all of the world’s principal cultures. Many of the images can be downloaded for educational use.

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

An online historical map collection

An online historical map collection with over 38,000 maps and images. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the world, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented. Images can be downloaded for educational use.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs

A rich cross-section of still pictures curated by the Library of Congress
  • online catalog provides access to records from the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress
  • many of the records include digital images, about one million in all
  • information provided on downloading or obtaining copies from the Library's Photoduplication Service
  • excellent resource for the researcher
  • Note: not all images in the public domain

LIFE Photo Archive hosted by Google

Millions of photographs from the 1950s to today

Contains "millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1950s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google."

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Over 275,000 images from primary sources and printed rarities

NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera and more.

OpenGLAM Open Collections

Collections of public domain images

A compendium of collections of public domain images, which may be used freely without any restrictions.

Oxford Art Online

The most comprehensive online reference resource for visual arts


  • Grove Art Online
  • The Benezit Dictionary of Artists
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
  • The Oxford Companion to Western Art
  • the most comprehensive online reference resource for visual arts
  • continually updated worldwide coverage from prehistory to the present day
  • includes: painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts, photography
  • signed articles with bibliographies
  • includes Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
  • image search includes 5,000 images from MOMA, the Met, AICT, and The Artists Rights Society; over 40,000 images from selected gallery and museum websites link to subject entries

If you are looking for images, note that the IMAGE SEARCH on the first screen includes only selected images; for more images, locate the text information on your topic, and click on the IMAGES tab on this screen to get related images

Philadelphia Historical Digital Image Library

Over 3,000 images of Philadelphia

PHDIL, the Philadelphia Historical Digital Image Library, is a grant-funded collaborative effort between the Scott Memorial Library of Thomas Jefferson University and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, containing over 3,000 images of a variety of photographs, art works, and portraits. The collection includes pre-1945 portraits of alumni, faculty, and trustees; scenes from hospitals; views of 19th and early 20th century anatomy/dissection labs, and nurses in practice. Also included are views of everyday life in Philadelphia at the turn of the century, and a number of Benjamin Ridgeway Evans watercolor drawings of Philadelphia buildings and streetscapes during the mid 19th century.


An online archive of new media art

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Founded in 1999, the Rhizome ArtBase is an online archive of new media art containing some 2174 art works, and growing. The ArtBase encompasses a vast range of projects by artists all over the world that employ materials such as software, code, websites, moving images, games and browsers to aesthetics and critical ends.


Over 350,000 free stock photos

Stock.XCHNG is a collection of over 350,000 free stock photos. Sign up for a free account in order to save, tag, and download high quality images.

VADS (Visual Arts Data Service)

Over 100,000 art and design images

Over 100,000 art and design images are available for use in learning, teaching, and research. Create an account to save and download images from the available collections.

The Web Gallery of Art

European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods (1100-1850)

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 14,500 reproductions.

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