Subject Image Databases

resources are added frequently
A Good Place to Start

ARTstor - A subscription database available to the Notre Dame Community for access with digital images in the Arts, Architecture, Humanities, and Sciences. Subject guides highlight ARTstor content related to the experiences, people, culture, history and tradition of the genre.
Contact Denise J. Massa, Curator Visual Resources Center and ARTstor Consultant for assistance and instruction.

Courtauld Gallery Collection - search the collection by sub-categories or creators. Outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, the collection reaches from the early Renaissance to Modernist works of the 20th century
Flickr Commons - Participating Institutions are many including but not limited to: Field Museum Library, Jewish Historical Society of Upper Midwest, NASA, National Archives UK, National Maritime Museum, National Library of Ireland
Galaxy of Images - Smithsonian Institution Libraries- Images from books in the Smithsonian Collection include Animal World, Art and Design, Bones and Fossils, History and Material Culture, Literature, Natural World, Plants and Flowers, Portraits, Science and Invention
J. Paul Getty Museum - search by Artist name; object type or medium; theme or topic
Guggenheim - the online collection currently contains more than 800 artworks by over 300 artists from the Guggenheim’s overall permanent collection of over 7,000 artworks
Lewis Walpole Library Digital Image Collection - English caricatures and politcal satirical prints from the late 17th through the mid-19th centures
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collections - include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.
National Gallery of Art - The Collection - search by subject themes or by artist
New York Historical Society Museum and Library - online collection includes decorative arts, drawings, historical artifacts, painting, sculpture
New York Public Library Digital Gallery - NYPL provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more. see All Collection Guide
Web Gallery of Art - European painting & sculpture
World Images - access to the California State University IMAGE Project database contains approximately 80,000 images covering Africa, Americans, Asia, Archaeological Sites and Modern Cities, Europe, History and Government, Middle East, Modern World, People and Portraits, Science/Math and Mathematics and War

Articles and Encyclopedias
Art Full Text and Art Retrospective - Search both art databases through the Hesburgh Library proxy. Before you begin your search, select 'Choose Databases' and click both database boxes and 'OK'
Oxford Art Online - Subscription database. Provides a single gateway to access images of art works, biographies of artists, and articles from Grove Art Online (based on the 34-volume Dictionary of Art) and Oxford University Press' art reference publications Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
Artcyclopedia - search Artists by name; Artworks by Title, Art Museums or Art Movement

Art Timelines
Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - The Timeline of Art History presents the Met’s collection via a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history. Targeted at students and scholars of art history, it is an invaluable reference, research, and teaching tool.

Architecture and Urban Design
American Landscape and Architectural Design 1850-1920 - American Memory, Library of Congress
ArchNet Digital Library - architecture/urban design in the Muslim world
Alvar Aalto's Architecture
Built in America - Subset from American Memory collection, Library of Congress. Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey, 1933-Present
Contemporary Architecture - through Flickr group pool
CyArk - digital preservation of cultural heritage sites through digital technologies and modeling
Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera - Digital Imaging Project, Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton Univ.
Digital Imaging Project - sculpture and architecture from pre-historic to post modern, historical sites courtesy of Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton Univ
Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles - Search for murals in Los Angeles County by title and neighborhood or by muralist

Byzantine and Medieval
ARTstor - see Medieval Studies Subject Guide highlighting the content
Byzantine Art in the George Ortiz Collection
Byzantine - The Svetlana Tomekovic Database of Byzantine Art
The Calendar and the Cloister -McGill University's medieval manuscript: Oxford, St. John's College 17
Corsair - The Pierpont Morgan Library featuring images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
Digital Archive of Medival Music - 14,000 images of European sources from medieval polyphonic music, most with high-resolution images. Search by country. Free registration required. Supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Digital Scriptorium - a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research
Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection
The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection - includes significant medieval and early modern material. Many complete, pageable digitizations, with high-resolution images available through the Library of Congress Rare Books and Special Collections
Medieval Astronomy - diagrams and coloured drawings reflecting the overlap between myth, astronomy and astrology at this period from the National Library of Wales
Medieval and Renaissance Illustrated Manuscripts from Western Europe - New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Roman de la Rose; Romance of the Rose - Complete online manuscript from one of the most popular romantic French poems through the National Library of Wales
University of Glasgow's Special Collections - through Flickr stream and includes many image of medieval manuscripts and early printed books.
The World of Chaucer - Medieval books, manuscripts and images accessible through the University of Glasgow's Special Collections.


Access Ceramics - a contemporary ceramics image resource

PotWeb: Ceramics online at the Ashmolean Museum - one of the largest collections of ceramics in the world. Search by the collections, people and their collections, a vessel for consumers and users' needs or potter and producer

ARTstor - images of historical fashion, costumes, designers, fashion shows. see Fashion subject heading list and Fashion and Costume subject guide

American Centuries View from New England- Memorial Hall Museum Online - Search by Sub-topics such as African American, Clothing, Colonial, Costumes or search by text and date- example: Dress 1700-1800 then expand the search to gown, robe or
Art Institute of Chicago Textiles Collection - 16th- and 17th-century English needlework, and printed and woven materials of the 18th and 19th centuries. American quilts and woven coverlets, Eastern textiles, and 20th-century fiber art are also represented
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection- key search example: Colonial, Clothing
Casey Fashion Plates Index - Los Angeles Public Library, contains over 6,200 handcolored fashion plates from British and American magazines dating from the 1790s to the 1880s. Search by keyword, magazine title, date, description or designer
Colonial Williamsburg - 18th-Century Clothing Collection includes women's, men's, children's and African American clothing as well as Glossary of Terms with images. see also New Online Exhibit Historic Threads: Three Centuries of Clothing advanced search by gender, clothing, accessories, dates
Costumes from the Index of American Design- National Gallery of Art- a brief survey of American fashions from 1740 to 1895
Customs and Costume: Surveys and Examples of National Studies to 1900 - New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Dress and Fashion: Design and Manufacture - collection from the 19th to early 20th century. New York Public Library Digital
Drexel Historic Costume Collection - 19th- and late-20th-century haute couture by French and American designers. Search by decade, designer, category, fabric or donor. Garmets from the collection are viewable in 3D panorma
Early American Paintings in the Worcester Art Museum from-1671-1829
Fashion Design History Collection at the Kellen Archives Center - 1920s - 1970s
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - Colonial American Art - example: Art and Society in the New Republic, 1776-1800
Historic Threads/Three Centuries of Clothing -The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
History of Costume by Braun & Schneider c1861-1880 - 500 plates consisting of historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century through a Victorian perspective to their designs
Index of American Design - consists of approximately 18,000 watercolor renderings of American decorative arts objects from the colonial period through the nineteenth century. select Costumes, Textiles tours
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog -
Fashion prints - - 1890-1900 [American Fashions]; Clothing & dress - -1890-1900; Clothing & dress - - Georgia - - 1890-1900; Corsets - - 1890-1900; Puritan; Women - -Clothing & dress; Women--Clothing & dress--France--Paris--1890-1900
Manchester Art Gallery - Costume Online Collection- Search within Collection Themes
Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute - Collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories, representing five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.
McCord Museum - Search the collection by Time Period
Museum of Fine Arts Boston - Search by American Colonial Costumes, Paintings or Textiles.
New York Public Library Digital Gallery - Browse the collections: Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection Postcards; After Columbus: Four-hundred Years of Native American Portraiture. Search by Subject Terms - Costume; Fashion; Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony); Indiana of North America- - Massachusetts; United States - - History - - Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775

View the Collection Guide
American history - - 1630s
Costume- -1600s - -American
Costume - -1700s - -American
Clothing & dress - - England
Clothing & dress - - United States - - 1840-1849

Rijksmuseum - The Dutch museum has launched Rijksstudio, an online searchable platform for their collections with high resolution. Keyword search=Fashion
Oxford Art Online - search Fashion Categories of Design including: underwear, day wear, evening wear, sports wear, fashion accessories
U.S. History Images
Victoria and Albert Museum - Keyword Search = 18th-century Fashion

Graphic Design

ARTstor - search by Designer or Subject heading list
Area of Design - This link is to their American Icons page to view work and biographies on the following designers: Saul Bass, Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser and Paul Rand
Artcyclopedia - Arists by Movement: The Golden Age of Illustration 1880s to 1920s
AIGA Design Archives - collections from 1996 - 2011 and featured collections
American Memory-Library of Congress - Advertisting six collections include multiformat, printed ephemera, Coca-Cola, Eoolidge Era, Film and Sound Recordings, WPA Posters
Book Cover Archive - search by designers, art directors, photographers, illustrators, genres, publishers, typefaces
Cover Art- The TIME Collection at the National Portrait Gallery
Chicago Design Archives search by designers, firms, clients
Design Dictionary - designers, products, firms, definitions, museums, magazines, books
Design Is History - design disciplines, designers, art and design movements, infulential publications
Designers & Books - invited designers including architects, fashion, graphic, interior, product and urban have chosen books that inspire them about design
Dexinger - graphic design directory, resources, related news, events
The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 - over 3,000 advertising items and publications illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the beginning of professional industry advertising
Graphic Design Archive - RIT Libraries. Includes brief biography and images of iconic designers like Saul Bass, Herbert Bayer, Lester Beall, Brodovitch,Ivan Chermayeff, William Golden, Cipe Pineles, Paul Rand,Alex Steinweiss, Ladislav Stunar, Bradbury Thompson and Massimo Vignelli
The History of Visual Communication - highlights:8 The Avantgarde, 9 The Modernists - art deco, editorial design, swiss style, Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, Herb Lubalin, Milton Glaser and 10 The Computer - Emigre, Neville Brody, David Carson, graphic user interfaces,web design
Iconic logo designers - highlights: Saul Bass, Michael Bierut, Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glasser, Raymond Lowey, Herb Lubalin, Paul Rand, Paula Scher, Massimo Vignelli
NotCot contemporary industrial, functional, graphical, digital art
Pentagram - multidisciplinary design firm
TIME Magazine Covers search from 1923 to the present
Thoughts on Democracy - Neville Brody, Chip Kidd, Seymour Chwast, Ed Fella, Steven Heller, Kit Hinrichs, Ellen Lupton, Paula Scher and more
Women of Design- highlights: Gail Anderson, Ellen Lupton, Luba Lukova
WorldImages - search by graphic design or designer
Victoria and Albert Museum - search by keyword or category i.e. Advertising, Graphic Design, Posters, Prints

Graphic Designer Websites
Gail Anderson - editorial and entertainment design, typography, illustration
Charles Spencer Anderson - logo/brand, illustration, identity systems, packaging, product design
David Carson - innovative magazine design for surfing, Ray Gun
Chermayeff & Geismar - excellent Motion Graphics examples
Seymour Chwast - co-founded Push Pin Studio; known for innovative design and illustration through visual language
Joe Duffy - Duffy & Partners - branding, corporate identity, packaging
Ed Fella - contemporary typography, commercial design and illustrations
Shephard Fairey - OBEY sticker campaign, propaganda delivery; known for President O'Bama's Hope poster
Louise Fili - packaging, restaurants, logos, postage, books
John Gall - art director for book cover designs
Bob Gill - identity, illustrations, posters
Milton Glaser - designer and illustrator of iconic logos and visual language
Kit Hinrichs - corporate communications, brand identity, promotion, packaging
Chip Kidd - book cover design
George Lois - advertising communicator; ad compaigns, Esquire magazine covers, logos
Luba Lukova - photostream on Flickr; artwork uses metaphors, the juxtaposition of symbols, and bold, deceptively simple graphics for social and political issues.
Ellen Lupton -writer, designer, critic and curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Woody Pirtle - marks, identity, print, books & publications, packaging, posters
Louis Prang - Prang & Company Chromolithographs; on Flickr through The Boston Public Library's Print Department
Louis Prang - Publisher's proof and related work from L. Prang & Company through NYPL Digital Gallery
Paul Rand - corporate logo designs
Paul Rand - on Flickr's modern graphic design group pool
Stefan Sagmeister - typographer who designed album covers for Lou Reed, the Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Aerosmith
Paula Scher- Maps: colorful typographic maps of the world, its continents, countries, cities streets, etc.
Michael Schwab - poster illustrations: national parks, Amtrak, sports, Turner classic movies
Alex Steinweiss - Album Covers
Massimos Vignelli - Coporate identity, packaging design, book and magazine design, poster design

Historical Images and documents

American Memory-Library of Congress
America from the Great Depression to WWII - photographs from the Farm Security Administration- Office of War Information Collection
Civil Rights Digital Library
Historical Anatomies on the Web - US National Library of Medicine
Library of Congress Photostream on Flickr
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collections
LIFE historic photos from the LIFE photo archive- 1750s to today
National Archives Digital Vaults
Oriental Institute Photographic Archives -Persepolis and Ancient Iran, Egypt, Iraq and Sudan, University of Chicago
Smithsonian Institution
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - photo archives from the end of World War I to the early 1950s
Visible Earth - catalog of NASA images and animations of our planet
Time Magazine Covers - search from 1923 to the present

Industrial Design
Material Connexion | materials database
Design Is History
Designers & Books
Dexinger - Industrial design directory, resources, related news, events
Learn Solid Works - tutorials, tips, tricks
Mid-Century Modern Art and Design - through Flickr group
Motoring and Transport Images from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera -Bodleian Library/Toyota City Imagaing Project
Museum of Arts and Design - highlights include wood, metal, jewelry, quilt
Tribu Design - search by designers and producers by countries and by categories ranging from audio/video, furniture, lighting, toys, storage and more
Vitra Design Museum - industrial design furniture design and lighting, cutlery, consumer electronics and architectural models. Includes estates of Charles and Ray Eames

Domestic Interiors Database - representation of interiors since the Renaissance through popular magazines, film stills, photographs, 18th century graphic satire, 19th century design books and much more

David Rumsey Map Collection - 18th & 19th century North and South American cartographic materials including atlases, globes, maritime charts
Google Earth Maps - interactive site provides satellite imagery, maps and Google search power. Download the free version of Google Earth, a broadband, 3D application. Zoom in on your address in aerial photos and scan the area. Print at 1000 pixels.

Modern Art
The Art Story - Excellent site! Includes Art movements, Artists, Theory and the Progression of Art. It also includes current modern art exhibitions and features. Within the Artist section, there are links to current exhibitions, where to see works, featured books, articles, interviews, video and audio clips
MOMA - The Museum of Modern Art - index of artists and their work
Tate Museum - international modern and contemporary art

The Museum of Online Museums (MoOM) - Excellent and fun site! Along with links to online museums and to permanent collections, this website has a variety of unique, eclectic and outrageous resources to galleries, exhibitions and shows including, very small objects, US soft drink items, fading billboards, gallery of vintage TV print ads, libary of dust and much much more. Check it out.

Music (including Sacred Music)
American Popular Song Sheet Covers, 1890-1922 - New York Public Library Digital Gallery
America Singing Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets - American Memory, Library of Congress
Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads - 30,000 ballads from the 16th - 20th century
Digital Archive of Medival Music - 14,000 images of European sources from medieval polyphonic music, most with high-resolution images. Search by country. Free registration required. Supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Sacred Music - Mellon Chansonnier, a manuscript collection of medieval songs from Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library with songs by Johannes Okeghem (ca. 1410-1497) and Guillaume Dufay (d. 1474 and Gilles Joye (ca. 1424-1483)
Sheet Music - Seven collections from American Memory, Library of Congress including African Americans, Civil War, Folk Fiddle Music
William P. Gottlieb Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz - 1600 photographs from 1938-1948 primarily in New York City and Washington, D.C., American Memory, Library of Congress

Nasa Images - universe, solar system, earth, aeonautics, astronauts and spaceflight timeline

Art of the Photogravure - the Collection of Photogravures is comprised of examples from throughout the history of photography
Library of Congress on Flickr - Pilot Project of Historic Photos
LIFE Photo Archive - Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Hosted on Google. Search tip Add "source:life" to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive

Art in Context - images include installation, sculpture and mixed media. Online reference library for the publication and dissemination of information about artists and where to find their work
Deconstructing Installation Art 1986-2006 - an online book by Graham Coulter-Smith. The author focuses on contemporary installation art which came into prominence as a major international movement in the 1990s and still holds sway into the early years of the new millennium
Guggenheim - Installation Art and Artists online collection
Guggenheim -Sculpture Artists online collection
Mattress Factory - is a museum of contemporary art that presents art you can get into — room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists.
New Best of Sculpture - Click on the artists name or image to visit their website. More selected artists are added regularly
Smithsonian American Art Museum Painting and Sculpture - View Outdoor Sculpture by State.
Smithsonian Institute- Outdoor Sculpture

Sculpture Gardens
Baltimore Museum of Art Sculpture Garden
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - The Smithsonian's museum of international modern and contemporary art includes a collection of modern sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum

Furness Theatrical Image Collection - Study of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, English Renaissance and history of Shakespearean theatrical presentations, Penn Libraries

Visual Resources Association
Flickr Group Pool - photographs taken by the VRA community who are interested in sharing images for educational purposes including architecture, painting, sculpture, and museum work

Alternative to Copyright Images
Flickr Creative Commons - Flickr CC-labeled images may be used under certain conditions such as attribution. Check rights before use