Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

ART 101: Prof. Marcavage: Images

This guide is intended as a starting point for an assignment about creating a visual narrative with historical context.

Image Search Engines & Collections

General Search Engines with image searching options

Specialized Image Collections

  • AP Images- Associate Press stock photography
  • Smithsonian Images - contemporary and historical images from the Smithsonian museums
  • NY Public Library Digital Gallery -Spanning a wide range of historical eras, geography, and visual media, NYPL Digital Gallery offers digital images of drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, and more.
  • Life Photo Archive - historical photos from Life Magazine
  • Behold - searches for high quality Flickr images based on what is inside the image
  • American Memory
  • MSNBC - see "the week in pictures"

ARTstor

ARTstor is a large collection of digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.  Click on the ARTstor logo to begin your search.

Image Databases

Search these databases to find images.

Databases with Images

These databases include images along with the text.

Search the Catalog for Images

Search tips for finding images in books using Primo:

  • Use a word or short phrase that describes your topic and add the word pictorial
  • Use a word that describes your topic and add the words "in art"
  • In the record of a book, there may be a note indicating plates, ports., ill. or illus which means there is visual material.
  • Some topics, like art, will generally have images accompanying the text.
  • Look for exhibition catalogs.