Online Image Resources

The world of useful and interesting free online image collections is constantly growing. This list is a good place to start, and also includes information about some of the tools available for presenting digital images in the classroom.

Google image search: May be the best place to start your image search. Quality varies, but this is one of the best sources for images of very contemporary artists.

Web Gallery of Art: A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from the 12th to mid-19th centuries.

Visual Collections Site from Cartography Associates: Contains dozens of digital image collections from museums, universities, and private collections throughout the world.

Art Images for College Teaching: The emphasis of this collection is on ancient, medieval, and Renaissance European art and architecture.

WorldImages, California State University IMAGE Project: Global in scope. Includes all areas of visual imagery.

Image Exchange, Society of Architectural Historians: A survey of ancient through medieval world architectural history, as well as early non-European and Renaissance through modern architecture.

University of Michigan Image Source:An excellent resource for a wide range of images, with links to many online collections.

Artnet:International artists, ranging from Old Masters to modern and contemporary artists.

Art Crimes: A gallery of graffiti art from around the world.

African Study Center, University of Pennsylvania:Sculpture, masks, maps, and miscellaneous images of Africa.

The Athenaeum:Artworks by over 2,000 artists from both private collections and museums. Excellent quality, strong in 13-19th century artists.

CORSAIR, Pierpont Morgan Library: Thousands of digital images of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Collections of the de Young and Legion of Honor, fully searchable by keyword.

World Art Treasures, Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation:

Approximately 100,000 images of art from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and more.

Library of Congress, American Memory: A vast collection of sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. Includes all the Farm Security Administration collections.

Duke Digital Collections: A mix of subjects, including women’s history, African American history, and the history of advertising and consumer culture.

Digital Image Presentation Tools

ARTstor's Public OIV &:(Free to download, but requires registration, and must be installed on the user’s computer.) Public OIV is a tool created specifically for image presentations. The viewer enables users to present their own images in the classroom, organize slideshows based on templates, create details or zoom in on details during presentations, and add information to the images either as a catalog record or on the slides themselves.

Flickr: Online photo management and sharing application. A good choice for faculty to provide web-based access for students to view images related to class.

Picasa Web Albums: An online photo management and sharing application. A good choice for faculty who want to provide web-based access for students to view images related to class.

PowerPoint : Standard presentation tool. Simple to use and available on most computers.