Digital Media Services and Image Archive

Below is a list of image databases and other on-line resources that members of the IFA community have found useful.  This list is updated regularly, and links are checked annually.  If you know of an on-line resource that is particularly useful that is not on this list, please send the linking information to Digital Media Services (jenni.rodda@nyu.edu).  Please note that each database is different in the way its search engine works, and to what uses downloaded images may be put.  Make sure you understand and adhere to applicable copyright or permission regulations as you conduct your research.


Alinari Picture GalleryOpen link in new window

Art & Architecture WebOpen link in new window
Images from the Courtauld Institute’s various photographic collections (Conway Library, Witt Library, Photographic Survey of Private Collections).

(Art Abstracts)Open link in new window
The Art Abstracts/Index package does not include an image database per se. HOWEVER, it does index individual images - including advertisements - in art periodicals, most of which are in the IFA,’s collections. Especially useful for less well-known artists.

Art Institute of ChicagoOpen link in new window

Art ResourceOpen link in new window
Photo archive of fine art with images of works from prehistoric times to the present. Over three million transparencies and black and white photographs of painting, sculpture, architecture and the minor arts. Also functions as the official rights and permissions representative for many institutions in the United States and abroad.

Artsy.netOpen link in new window
Artsy's mission is to make the art world accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. It is a free resource which currently includes over 100,000 works from major museums and galleries around the world. Artsy also offers the largest collection of contemporary art available online. Unique to Artsy is The Art Genome Project, an art taxonomy which allows for more intelligent discovery and exploration.

Archaeology Data ServiceOpen link in new window

ArtstorOpen link in new window
Art, architecture and design images. Collections include The Illustrated Bartsch, MoMA,’s Architecture and Design Collection, and the Huntington Archive of Asian Art.
Getting started with ArtstorOpen link in new window

AtoM@DOOpen link in new window
A searchable database of Dumbarton Oaks’ archival collections, AtoM@DO brings together the holdings of ICFA and a selection of the Dumbarton Oaks ArchivesOpen link in new window (DOA) into a single virtual space, enabling discovery of related materials across the institution.

Beazley ArchiveOpen link in new window
Provides bibliographic references and allows for iconographic searching on Classical vases. Based on J.D. Beazley,s Attic black-figure vase-painters and Attic red-figure vase painters.

Bridgeman Art LibraryOpen link in new window
With images from over 8,000 collections and more than 29,000 artists, Bridgeman provides a central source of fine art and historical images for users

The British MuseumOpen link in new window

CAMIOOpen link in new window
Images from numerous mostly N.American museum collections, e.g. the Getty Museum, LACMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the RenaissanceOpen link in new window

Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame Image CollectionOpen link in new window
Chartres Cathedral is among the best preserved of the major French cathedrals, with extensive programmes of sculpture and stained glass. It was a major site of pilgrimage in honour of the Virgin Mary, to whom the cathedral is dedicated. This website provides access to a comprehensive collection of images and detailed descriptions of Chartres Cathedral.

Collections of Japanese Art Online and in PrintOpen link in new window
List of resources collected by IFA Alumna Rosina Buckland. Originally compiled in 2001 and last updated in 2005, this list of resources covering Japanese art is still useful. However, some of the embedded links are now broken, which may prove frustrating.

CorbisOpen link in new window
Founded by Bill Gates. The database can be searched for free - but downloading is not free. Includes images of art and architecture, as well as other image categories. Particularly important for the Bettmann Archive of Historical Photography, comprising images of almost every significant world event and personality since the invention of photography.

Corpus VasorumAntiquorum OnlineOpen link in new window
The most important research resource on Greek vases in museum collections, worldwide. Circa 250 digitized museum catalogues, with illustrations. CVA volumes/fascicules are continuing to be published in hard copy and are not digitized. 

Detroit Institute of ArtOpen link in new window

Getty ImagesOpen link in new window

Google Image SearchOpen link in new window
Google searching restricted to images only.

(Image of France)Open link in new window
Image index ONLY. (The actual images are not available here.)
Index to all of the printed imagery (engravings, lithographs, woodcuts, etc.) authorized for publication in France. The information has been extracted from notices printed in the Bibliographie de la France beginning in November 1811.

Images indexed comprise not only engravings, etc., after works by 19th-century artists, but also after earlier artists.

Index of Christian ArtOpen link in new window
Electronic access to one of the largest and most important photographic and bibliographic archives of medieval art, worldwide. Bibliographic and iconographic index to Late Antique and Medieval art objects, to 1400 C.E, covering publications early 20th century - present.
Image access is gradually being incorporated, beginning with the illuminated manuscipt holdings of the Morgan Library, New York.

Note: Only a part of the Index is online.

Irving Sandler Artist FileOpen link in new window
Operated by Artists Space, New York. Comprises mostly young, contemporary artists working in North America.

JocondeOpen link in new window
Index to and/or images of works of art in French public collections. Includes "fine arts" and "decorative arts."

Kunsthistorisches Museum, ViennaOpen link in new window

Erich LessingOpen link in new window

Metropolitan MuseumOpen link in new window

Musée du LouvreOpen link in new window (English Language Link)

Museo del PradoOpen link in new window

Museum of Fine Arts, BostonOpen link in new window

NYPL Digital GalleryOpen link in new window
Provides free and open access to hundreds of thousands of digital images from NYPL collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, rare prints and photographs, and more.

NYU's Handbook for Use of Copyrighted MaterialsOpen link in new window

Saskia/Scholars ResourceOpen link in new window

Smarthistory's Flickr image setsOpen link in new window

Spiro (UC Berkeley)Open link in new window
Online public access catalog to the 35mm slide collection of the Architecture Visual Resources Library, at the University of California at Berkeley. Comprises circa 65,000 images of architecture, environmental design & related works.

The State Hermitage Museum (English language link)Open link in new window

Theban Mapping ProjectOpen link in new window
Since its inception in 1978, the Theban Mapping Project (TMP, now based at the American University in Cairo) has been working to prepare a comprehensive archaeological database of Thebes.

Ukiyo-e SearchOpen link in new window
Ukiyo-e Search provides an incredible resource: The ability to both search for Japanese woodblock prints by simply taking a picture of an existing print AND the ability to see similar prints across multiple collections of prints.

Virtual UffiziOpen link in new window

The Walters Art GalleryOpen link in new window

Web Gallery of ArtOpen link in new window

ADDITIONS:
*Compiled from messages forwarded to the IFAGSA listserv and from ALA Connect Digital Images Collections Guide Project (http://connect.ala.org/node/152079 - toc141646).

Ad AccessOpen link in new window
Funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund

American Memory: Photographs, Prints, & Drawings (Library of Congress)Open link in new window

Amiens Cathedral Open link in new window
(How site might have looked with the sculpture polychromed)

AP ImagesOpen link in new window

Architecture in the Classical Tradition, Queens University, CanadaOpen link in new window
Personal collection by Pierre du Prey, Professor & Director of the Architecture in the Classical Tradition project at Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Artefacts CanadaOpen link in new window
The Artefacts Canada database contains close to 4 million object records and approximately 800,000 images from Canadian museums.

Art of the PhotogravureOpen link in new window
Celebrating the beauty and history of the photogravure process and the important role it has played in the evolution of fine art photography. Includes a database search of images from many famous photographers work with the photogravure process.

Asian Art MuseumOpen link in new window

Basel Mission Picture ArchiveOpen link in new window
Photographs taken at the intersection of European, African, and Asian cultures from 1850 to 1950

Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux (BVMM)Open link in new window

The Book of Kells, Trinity College DublinOpen link in new window

British Cartoon ArchiveOpen link in new window
British Cartoon Archive is a research center and library of British cartooning located in in the Templeman Library at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

Canadian Art DatabaseOpen link in new window

Center for Creative Photography Digital CollectionsOpen link in new window

Corning Museum of GlassOpen link in new window

Digital Archive of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art, International Center for the Arts of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonOpen link in new window

Dumbarton Oaks Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA)Open link in new window

George Eastman House Collections OnlineOpen link in new window

Getty Research PortalOpen link in new window

Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoOpen link in new window

Frick Digital Image ArchiveOpen link in new window

William Gedney Photographs and WritingsOpen link in new window
Hosted by Duke University Libraries, this 50,000 item collection documents the work of photographer William Gedney, covering the 1950s to 1989 and locations in the United States, India, and Europe.

The J. Paul Getty MuseumOpen link in new window

Getty Research Institute Special CollectionsOpen link in new window

Google Art ProjectOpen link in new window

Guggenheim Museum, New YorkOpen link in new window

Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Library, TASK magazine archiveOpen link in new window

Imagine: The Israel Museum Searchable Collections DatabaseOpen link in new window

International Center of Photography eMuseumOpen link in new window

International Dunhuang ProjectOpen link in new window
More than 100,000 manuscripts, paintings and artifacts from Dunhuang and other Silk Road sites of the first millennium AD.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, The Ohio State UniversityOpen link in new window
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum's primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection documenting American printed cartoon art, to organize the materials, and to provide access to these resources. The scope of the collection includes: editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, magazine cartoons.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Digital Dead Sea ScrollsOpen link in new window

Machiel Kiel Photographic ArchiveOpen link in new window

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)Open link in new window

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)Open link in new window

Medici Archive Project OnlineOpen link in new window

Marshall T. Meyer Digital CollectionOpen link in new window

Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonOpen link in new window

The Museum of Modern ArtOpen link in new window

National Archives Online Public AccessOpen link in new window

National Gallery of Art NGA ImagesOpen link in new window

National Gallery of CanadaOpen link in new window

National Museum of Women in the ArtsOpen link in new window

National Geographic Found TumblrOpen link in new window

The National Portrait Gallery, LondonOpen link in new window

New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC)Open link in new window
Documenting the Gilded Age: New York City Exhibitions at the Turn of the 20th Century

New York Public Library, Arts and Literature Digital GalleryOpen link in new window
Images of art and cultural objects from the New York Public Library, including dance, design, furniture, motion pictures, music, ornament, performance, spectacle, and theatre.

Isamu Noguchi Catalog RaisonnéOpen link in new window

NYC Department of Records Photo GalleryOpen link in new window

Philadelphia Museum of ArtOpen link in new window

PolanoidOpen link in new window
Image collection of over 290,000 Polaroid photos

Project PerseusOpen link in new window

A Pure and Remote View: Visualizing Early Chinese Landscape PaintingOpen link in new window

Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a collaborative project between the Bodleian Libraries and the Royal ArchivesOpen link in new window

Rauschenberg Research ProjectOpen link in new window

James J. Ross Archive of African Images, 1590-1920Open link in new window
Database of approximately 5,000 pictures of African art published before 1921

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)Open link in new window

Sistine ChapelOpen link in new window

Smithsonian American Art MuseumOpen link in new window

Smithsonian Archives of American Art Image GalleryOpen link in new window

Smithsonian Freer and Sackler GalleriesOpen link in new window

Tate CollectionOpen link in new window

Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris between the WarsOpen link in new window

UK National ArchivesOpen link in new window
Archive of wartime artworks from World War II on Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Government Photos and ImagesOpen link in new window
A large collection of photos and images made available by the U.S. government

Victoria and Albert MuseumOpen link in new window

Reed College Artists’ Books CollectionOpen link in new window

Worcester Art MuseumOpen link in new window

WorldImagesOpen link in new window
Over 80,000 images from the the California State University IMAGE Project.

Yale University Art Gallery eCatalogueOpen link in new window

Arts and Humanities Data ServiceOpen link in new window
AHDS is a platform for a variety of online image collections at various UK institutions. Image groups come from (mostly) non-traditional fields of art history, including the London College of Fashion Cordwainers Shoe Collection, Spanish Civil War posters at the Imperial War Museum, suffragette imagery, and public sculpture.
The database is FREE, once the user has registered.