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  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections Database
    This free database contains images of over 300,000 works of art from the Met's collections. The database is searchable and it is also divided into 22 subject groups including, for example:

    American Decorative Art
    Asian Art
    Islamic Art
    Musical Instruments
  • Saskia Art & Architecture [via ARTstor]  Icon
    Saskia Art & Architecture [via ARTstor]
    Saskia offers over 26,000 art historical digital images, with a special emphasis on core images required for teaching the history of Western Art. It is listed on the ARTstor Home page under Institutional Collections, and can be search separately or in conjunction with ARTstor.
    For more information see the main ARTstor entry.
  • CAMIO [via OCLC]  Icon
    CAMIO--Catalog of Art Museum Images Online--contains around 80,000 images of works of Art from 24 different museums. The artwork selection draws from a wide range of places and time periods.
    The images in CAMIO are licensed for non-commericial, educational use (teaching and research).
  • WorldImages [San Jose State University]
    WorldImages "contains approximately 100,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images can be freely used for non-profit educational purposes. . . . The images can be located using many search techniques, and for convenience they are organized into over 900 portfolios."
  • Grove Dictionary of Art [via Oxford University Press]  Icon
    The Grove includes a searchable collection of thousands of digital images.
  • Google Art Project
    This is a collection of high-resolution images from several Art Museums in Europe and the United States.
  • Getty Research Institute Open Content Collection
    Over 10,000 images of the fine arts from the J. Paul Getty Museum freely available online.


  • Discover Islamic Art
    An online exhibit of Islamic art objects drawn from Museums around the world. It is a project of the Museum With No Frontiers.
  • Corsair: Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
    Corsair, the website for the Pierpont Morgan Library includes a searchable database of more than 15,000 images selected from the Pierpont Morgan Library's collection of medieval manuscripts.
  • Chinese Painting and Calligraphy [via Seattle Art Museum]
    The Museum's "collection of 152 Chinese painting and calligraphy has never been studied in depth and is heretofore largely unpublished. For the first time, it is being introduced and made universally accessible through this newly developed online catalogue, which features thoughtful and provocative essays about major works by renowned scholars, with high-resolution, zoom-able images of the works of art, and thorough documentation—including transcriptions and translations of inscriptions and colophons, and seals which are transcribed, identified and located."
  • National Palace Museum, Taipei
    Contains approximately 5,000 images of objects in the permenant collection. The scope of these works spans seven millennia of Chinese history and pre-history. Works include rare books, ceramics, paintings, bronzes, jewelry, studio accessories, costumes, and more. English-language interface.
  • Your Paintings [via BBC and PCF]
    A searchable image collection composed of the painting held in public collections throughout the UK. Over 200,000 oil paintings are now in the database.

    A project of the Public Catalogue Foundation and the BBC.

    "Paintings owned by the state and local authorities together with those held in charitable trusts for the benefit of the public make up the national collection shown on the Your Paintings website. In addition, a small number of important collections that are not in public ownership nor normally open to the public are also being included."
  • accessCeramics: a contemporary ceramics image resource
    This is a juried site of work by contemporary ceramic artists. It includes images of selected works that can be used for educational purposes. Most of the artists represented are from North America.
  • Claros: The World of Art on the Semantic Web
    CLAROS is an international interdisciplinary research federation led by Oxford University. It provides searchable access to online image collections of art and artifacts of the Ancient World at several British and European institutions. includes images from Asia and South Asia as well classical Europe. Thematic Collections include, among others :

    Eastern Bronzes
    Western Ceramics
    Antiquarian Photograph

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