Digital Image Resources
(Updated Winter 2019)
Visual Resources Collections
U-M Library Image Collections
The University of Michigan Digital Library Production Services (DLPS) Image Collections are composed of numerous collections from across the UM campus. With thousands of available images, the Collections are divided into different subject areas to facilitate cross-collection searching. Access is restricted to the UM audience, so please LOGIN with your uniqname and password for full access. For images relevant to the History of Art, we recommend searching the image catalog created by the History of Art Department’s Visual Resources Collections:. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/h/hart?page=index
Restricted Access Websites
Access websites through MLibrary Search when on non-campus computers; login with your uniqname. There are currently 57 subscription databases pertaining to Art History. See this list and access points here: https://search.lib.umich.edu/databases?filter.academic_discipline=Art+History&sort=title_asc
Below are some recommended sources:
Artstor is a nonprofit digital library with over 2 million images of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, and decorative arts from across nearly all cultures and time periods. Images are sourced from museums, private collections, individual photographers, special collections, and
Bridgeman Education provides access to over 1.2 million images from museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists. Users can browse by movement, period, school, as well as subject matter: graphic design, conceptual themes, fashion, etc.
CAMIO provides access to digital images of works from prominent museums in the US, Canada, and UK. CAMIO is built from museum photography and is not a comprehensive representation of a museum’s holdings. Strengths are in photographs, prints, drawings, and paintings.
Open Access Websites
Mother of All Art and Art History Pages:
While it hasn't been updated in quite a while, this extensive directory to art- and art history-related websites is worth checking out. Compiled by the UM School of Art & Design.
Google Art Project:
The Art Project is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. Working with over 250 institutions, we have put tens of thousands of works of art from more than 6,000 artists online.
Joconde: Portail des Collections des Musées de France:
A composite database of object collections in French museums, Joconde contains over 500,000+ records, and more than 500,000 accompanying digital images.
Europeana is a portal to cross search European cultural collections—museums, libraries, archives, and other institutions. Explore 58,059,820 artworks, artefacts, books, films and music from European museums, galleries, libraries and archives.
OpenGLAM Open Collections:
GLAM stands for Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and this website is a great jumping off point to finding openly accessible, digitized collections from any number of cultural institutions.
Artcyclopedia.com functions as a directory for over 3,000 art-related websites. Users are provided with lists of links for individual artists, art movements, subject matter, etc.
The following institutions offer extensive collections of digital images on their websites. Some even provide downloads of high resolution images. Rights and reproduction permissions will vary from museum to museum.
Art Institute of Chicago - https://www.artic.edu/
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC – https://www.si.edu/
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery - http://npg.si.edu/
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles - http://www.getty.edu/museum/
The British Museum, London - http://www.britishmuseum.org/
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London - https://www.vam.ac.uk/
The Rijksmuseum, Netherlands - https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - http://www.metmuseum.org/
Harvard Art Museums - http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/
Yale University Art Gallery - http://artgallery.yale.edu/
- The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC - http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb.html
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art - http://www.lacma.org/