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A Virtual Collection of Resources

All things ART

Google Arts & Culture 

Picturing America link to resources (the LHS Library has these posters for your classroom use):

Metropolitan Museum of Art   

  • [Search digitized images of the collections. Use portrait to look at the portraiture.]

National Gallery of Art

Web Museum, Themes

  • Scroll through this page for art themes, or use the artist’s index on this resource. There is also a glossary of art periods and art terms. Numerous themes are introduced and illustrated. 


NY Public Library 

Thank you to Lane Community College for this collection!


Ode to a Grand Staircase (for Four Hands). Collaboration between Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen, based on Erik Satie.

Several excellent collections of artists' books are accessible online, including:

23 Sandy Gallery Artists Books Online  This lively Portland, Oregon gallery has been supporting paper and book artists for several years through exhibitions, sales, and collaborations by both emerging and established artists.

Reed College Digital Collections: Artists' Books This unique collection holds significant 20th century and contemporary artists’ books, featuring examples from Europe, Asia and the United States, from the turn of the last century to the present.

University of Wisconsin Digital Artists' Book Collection  This database is an illustrated, descriptive index to the UW Artists’ Book Collection, with over 800 titles. Approximately 500 examples have images to visually represent the structure and/or content of the book.

Otis College of Art and Design Artists' Book Collection  This online collection of over 2000 artists' books focuses on examples from contemporary artists from California and the West coast since the 1960s.

The Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists' Books at Oberlin College  This online, interactive exhibition features examples from the Ruth Hughes Collection at Oberlin College and was created to accompany the exhibit Show and Bestow (2010). Browse 100 artist books organized by theme.

Skidmore College Lucy Scribner Library: 100 Artists' Books from Special Collections Beautifully designed collection of artists' books with multiple images from each book.



Organized by type of art. Click on the individual links (Impressionism, Contemporary, etc.) to go to that site. The new page will have a description of the type of art and a listing of artists to go to for their biographies.

All Famous Artists

Scroll down the page for listings and brief descriptions of famous artists. Click on their links for a little more detail about them. Each biography page also has a link to see some of their work.


If you scroll down after you type in an artists’ name there are often links to more information about that artist. If you want a general grouping of artists by movement look on the home page at the bottom. You can search the site in several different ways to get lists and info. In the left column, scroll down to a series of shortcuts to art movements. This is a commercial on-line encyclopedia of art.

The Worldwide Art Gallery

Great Artists in History

ArtLex Art Dictionary

[In left column, click the search button, type the name of the artist in the search box, hit enter. This is a commercial on-line dictionary of art]

Music Resources

At a time when so many Americans have become disdainful of patriotism and honoring our past, it is heartening to learn that at least in some places in this world our country’s sacrifices are still remembered for a time when we were truly a great nation.


 Be sure to read the text below before listening to the music.  I had no idea the Dutch have been doing this.  It is really impressive. 
The Silence...
About six miles from Maastricht, in the Netherlands, lie buried 8,301 American soldiers who died in "Operation Market Garden" in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall and winter of 1944-5.  Every one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch family who mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted.  It is even the custom to keep a portrait of "their" American soldier in a place of honor in their home.    Annually, on "Liberation Day," memorial services are held for "the men who died to liberate Holland." The day concludes with a concert.  The final piece is always "Il Silenzio," a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch and first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of Holland's liberation. It has been the concluding piece of the memorial concert ever since.
This year the soloist was a 13-year-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, backed by André Rieu and his orchestra (the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands). This beautiful concert piece is based upon the original version of taps and was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi.
Watch at this site and go full screen. It's very beautiful and moving.

Use of Images & Ethics

Creative Commons -

1st: using photos that others took without their permission is copyright infringement, unless they're in the public domain. Since 1989, intellectual property does not have to have the copyright symbol to be protected.

2nd: usually if it's an educational use, there are no fees

3rd: simply use photos whose creator has released it to the public domain.

Here's some sites to try:

Stock.xchng: nearly 400,000 photos, categorized

Flickr: check the Commons and look for Creative Commons note

Dreamstime: 11 million photos - some carry a fee, others are free

Bigstock: 4 million photos & illustrations - fees attached

More sources for Creative Commons:

Sumo Paint Full-featured photo-editing & painting application Image Editor Includes layering PicLits Refrigerator poetry meets beautiful imagery.

**Tin Eye** Discover the provenance of a photo or image, using a reverse search engine to find exact or altered copies.

**Tag Galaxy** German media engineering student's work, provides a 3-D interface to Flickr photos.

World Digital Library:

You have access to this collection of 15,000 images which are titled and searchable:

Avoid copyrighted art work – check here for links to possible public domain work!



NOTE: Ethical use of images requires citing the source of any image.

3D Toad - Innovative site with interactive 360 degree rotatable images.
Animal Photos - Thousands of free to use animals photos divided up in easy to browse categories.
Behold - Students can use this search engine with adult supervision to find images on flickr.
Compfight - A search engine for flickr photos that have been marked as usable with a creative commons license.
Copyright-Free Images
Find Icons - An icon search engine that helps you find free icons in the world’s largest searchable free icons database.
Flickr Images Creative Commons Search - Many flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.
FreeFoto - Thousands of free photos for use by students.
FreePhotoBank - Free stock photos.
Google Images - Families and students will want to ensure that the safe search filter is turned on.
Google Safe Images
The Library of Congress flickr project
Microsoft - 1000s of illustrations, photos, animations, sounds and more.
MorgueFile - High-resolution stock photography images "for creatives by creatives."
Pics4Learning - One of the most popular image sites for finding images for education.
Picsearch - Image search; student use with adult supervision is recommended.
Pixabay - High quality public domain images. Some images require payment.
School Clip Art - One of the best sources of free clip art for students and teachers.
U.S. Government Photos and Graphics - Links to U.S. government sites where images can be found and used without permission or fee.
Veezzle - Free stock photo search engine and community.
Wikimedia Commons - A media file repository that makes public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) available to everyone, in their own language.

Thank you to Lane Community College for this information:

Visual Resource Association has developed this guide for using images online:

Images are integral to art scholarship and greatly enhance presentations and learning on visual topics. Be sure you understand the concept of "fair use" before you use or repurpose images into your work.

Fair use is generally defined as the allowance to use copyrighted material in a fair manner without obtaining permission from the copyright holder.For educational purposes (research papers, classroom presentations, etc.) always cite the original work! This may take the form of in–text citations, a references page, an addendum to presentation, etc. If you are planning to use your work beyond the classroom (educational), on the web, for commercial (for-profit) purposes, etc., you should obtain permission from the copyright holder for all copyrighted works used in your work (including derivative uses); not obtaining permission is a violation of US copyright.

There are four factors that impact the justification for Fair Use (Section 107 of US Copyright Law).

1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes.This refers to: 

Whether the work is for educational use, whether there is profit from the use of the work, whether the use is credited (cited), level of access to the work, whether the use is for criticism, commentary, or news reporting, how derivative the use of the work is. 

2. The nature of the copyrighted work. This refers to: 

Whether the work is published, how creative the original work is, whether the work is fiction or non-fiction.

3. Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole. This refers to: 

How much of the original work is used, how important the portion used is to the original work. 

4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. This refers to: 

Whether the use will impede or prevent the copyright holder from profiting from their work.

A good rule of thumb is to check a website for specific guidelines on permissions. Websites with image content that is copyrighted will usually state the parameters that they consider fair use for their content. Read this information to better understand how to cite the content you are using. Again, always cite your sources.

This page was adapted from the site on Visual Resources developed by Dan McClure and Tricia Juettemeyer at:

The sites below offer excellent images for research in art and art history and are especially good for illustrating a research paper or creating a class presentation. See the Web Resources tab for many other resources.

Thank you to Lane Community College for this list:

African & Asian Visual Artists Archive -- A comprehensive archive of contemporary visual art by artists of African and Asian descent working in the UK since the post-war period. The archive houses over 6,000 slides of artworks and exhibitions, as well as publications and videos about and by artists.  There are over 200 individual artist folders, as well as curators, art historians, cultural critics and arts organization files.  

American Memory Project -- Created by the Library of Congress, American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.

Art Images for College Teaching -- AICT is a personal, non-profit project of its author, art historian and visual resources curator Allan T. Kohl. AICT is intended primarily to disseminate images of art and architectural works in the public domain on a free-access, free-use basis to all levels of the educational community, as well as to the public at large. The collection focuses on ancient, medieval, and Renaissance European art and architecture.

Bridgeman Art Library -- Excellent image database containing 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. Based in London but focus is international in scope.

Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) -- A well-designed site with focus on fashion, craft, 2D design, and contemporary artists working in the UK and internationally. Repository for many specail collections in the UK.

Web Gallery of Art -- WGA is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 11th to mid-19th centuries. Content focuses on the Renaissance period, the Medieval roots of the period and its evolution to Baroque and Rococo via Mannerism. More recently Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism were also included.

Cybermuse -- National Gallery of Canada's hosts its permanent collection of Canada's visual arts heritage. This virtual museum contains over 20,000 images of works of the Gallery's permanent collection as well as video and audio recordings of Canadian artists.


Finding Art Images:

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