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ARTstor is a digital library containing over one million images related to art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. *ARTstor (and not ACC) requires that you create a free account before accessing.
Students/faculty/staff must register for an account in order to access from off campus or download images from Artstor.
Browsing is a great way to serendipitously discover images. If you are not sure what you are looking for you can browse images by:
Geography: Images organized by the creator’s nationality such as Albania, China, or the United States. Note that geography for architectural works is based on the location of the work, not the creator’s nationality.
Classification: Artstor enhances metadata across collections by categorizing images based on 16 different classifications: Architecture and City Planning; Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects and Interior Design; Drawings and Watercolors; Fashion, Costume and Jewelry; Film, Audio, Video and Digital Art; Garden and Landscape; Graphic Design and Illustration; Humanities and Social Sciences; Manuscripts and Manuscript Illuminations; Maps, Charts and Graphs; Paintings; Performing Arts (including Performance Art); Photographs; Prints; Science, Technology and Industry; and Sculpture and Installations. You can view all images in each classification, or use classification to narrow keywords searches.
Collection: Browse all the images from a particular collection, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Panos Pictures, or the National Gallery of Art. You can search within a particular collection by opening the collection, entering a search term in the search bar, selecting “search within results,” and clicking search.
Teaching Resources: curated sets of images including art historical surveys and themes in the humanities.
Use advanced search when you know what you are looking for. Select one or several keywords, such as an artist’s name or a specific work, and choose which fields you would like to search. (The default is set to search all fields.)
If you are looking for works from a specific period and location, you can conduct an advanced search without keywords and limit by date, geography, and classification.
Students can use Artstor to create instant citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.
To cite an image, open the image, then click "Generate Citation." This will open a window with several citation options you may copy and paste into your bibliography.