A list of just some of the many and growing institutitional digital collections on the web. Start your image searches here.
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Painting: Night Cat, Rafael Zabaleta Fuentes, 1956
ARTstor is a database of over one million digital images encompassing architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts and material culture. Save and share images, cite images easily for research, and create personal collections and presentations using OIV (Offline Image Viewer) or PowerPoint. For assistance, contact Art Librarian Leslie Vega, firstname.lastname@example.org
This Contemporary image database aims to mirror music and other "recommendation" based sites through what they call the "Art Genome Project," a growing data-set of categories that connect artworks for serendipitous exploration.
CAA list of Free Images for Academic/Scholarly Use
Collections that students can use for academic purposes, mostly from museums. Scroll down for the website list.
Creative Commons Search
Creative Commons offers access to search services provided by other independent organizations such as Flickr and Wikimedia Commons.
The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources [digital archives] from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.
Getty's Open Content Database
The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required. Read more about this initiative here: http://www.getty.edu/about/opencontent.html
Google Art Project
An aggregate of 151 art collections from museums around the world set in a dynamic user friendly platform. View or create shared personal collections for research and inspiration.
LACMA offers 20,000 high-quality unrestricted images of art from their collection, and are available for everyone to download and use freely.
The PPOC Collection offers over 1.2 million digitized images, drawn from primarily American history, including photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings.
All images of public-domain artworks in the MET Museum's collection are now available for free and unrestricted use.
NGA Images is a repository of open access digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. 29,000 images are available for non-commercial use.
New York Public Library (NYPL) Digital Collections
Free, public domain access to download and use more than 180,000 high resolution images in this collection of more than 700,000 digitized images. All are available for educational use.
Online Museum Resources on Asian Art (Columbia U)
OMuRAA identifies online visual resources having to do with Asian Art-- including collections databases, digital image libraries, archived websites of special exhibitions, online presentations of focused collections, and websites for teaching with and about art -- and indexes them in ways that are familiar to teachers and students in world history, world literature, and general art courses.
125,000 high resolution digital images free to use and manipulate. See right: A Dancing Cat and Dog, Adriaen Pietersz van de Venne, c. 1620 - c. 1660
Smithsonian Archives of American Art Image Gallery
The image gallery contains over 8,000 photographs, letters, sketches, diaries, and other documents which have been scanned and individually described. Small resolution images are available without watermark for educational use.
Visual Arts Data Service (UK)
VADS is the online resource for visual arts offering a portfolio of visual art collections of over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.
World Wide Web Virtual Library: History of Art
A listing of large image databases on the web.
Yale Digital Commons
Search 1.5 million records in the areas of art, natural history, books, and maps, photographs, audio, video, and materials specific to the University in Yale's digital collection. Access is free.
Bronze cat's head. Tel Basta, near Zagazig, Egypt. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History