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Art History Research Resources: Finding Images & Websites

Image Databases & Using Images Appropriately

Use the image databases below to find images for research or for use in your papers and presentations.  Search by artist, time period, or topic.  The mobile version of ARTstor (available for iPhone or Android) allows you to access your saved images as flashcards so that you can study for slide/visual exams.

For information on using images appropriately and within copyright or fair use guidelines, please see the 2015 Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts from the College Arts Association. 

Art Museum Websites

Museum websites are an excellent source of reliable information on the artistic works in their collections.  Many museums create extensive online versions of physical exhibitions, both for the items in their permanent collections and for temporary special exhibitions.  These online exhibitions can include supplemental resources such as topical research essays, videos, podcasts of lectures, and high-quality digital images.

Art History Websites

Other websites can be good resources as well.  Some examples include:

  • university or faculty sponsored sites
  • academic or open-access journals
  • scholarly or historical societies and conference proceedings
  • companions to television productions or other media events
  • national archives
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