The following image resources are meant for educational uses only and copyright rules should be noted for each site. They are not affiliated with Macalester College, and the VRL cannot vouch for their authenticity or the accuracy of their information. If you find any of the links do not work or if you have a resources you would like to add to the list, please contact Gretchen Dempewolf at



Growing collection of images of contemporary ceramics by recognized artists.

American School in Rome Photo Archive
Several valuable and specialized collections of photographs on archaeology, architecture, art, landscape architecture and gardens.

Ancient World Image Bank
Includes images from China, The Caucasus, North Africa, Western Europe, The Balkans, Turkey, The Levant, Greece, Italy and Egypt.

The largest online database about worldwide architects and buildings from past to present.

The built environment in Muslim societies focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation.

Art & Architecture
Affiliated with the Courtauld Institute of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery and the Conway Library.

Art Images for College Teaching
Royalty-free image exchange resource for the educational community.

Arts of the United States
Over 4000 images of works important to the study of the history of art in the United States.

World wide collection of images shared by universities, galleries, private collections and museums. The Macalester college community can access ArtStor on campus, or create a free account for use anywhere as well as to store and organize images.

Asian Historical Architecture
Photographic survey of Asia’s architectural heritage with background information and virtual tours. 


Beinicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Yale University photographs, textual documents, illuminated manuscripts, maps, works of art, and books from the Beinecke’s collections.

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur
About 2 million images of art and architecture from 13 European countries. The website is only in German.

British Library
Maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colorful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and more to use, remix and repurpose.


Digital collection of images relating to California, including architecture, art, historical photographs, etc.

Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
The British Library holds one of the richest collections of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in the world.

Casselman Archive of Islamic and Mudejar Architecture in Spain
Images of medieval Spain taken by the late Eugene Casselman (1912-1996) during his thirty years of travel throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

Catena: Digital Archive of Historic Gardens and Landscapes
Historic and contemporary images that include plans, engravings, paintings, and photographs of historic gardens and landscapes

Cézanne Catalogue Raisonné
An ongoing project documenting the work of Paul Cézanne. Exhibition histories, provenance and published references are included with each work. User can easily create an account to access this information.

Cities and Buildings Database
Digitized images of buildings and cities drawn from across time and throughout the world.

Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame
Comprehensive collection of images and detailed descriptions of Chartres Cathedral.

Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece
Rediscover the altarpiece in incredible close-up through thousands of both on and underneath the paintings’ surfaces.

Collage: London Metropolitan Archives Online Image Database
Devoted primarily to London topography and London life from the 15th Century to the present day. All parts of London (not just the City) are included, as are the adjoining counties.

An image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research.


Digital Imaging Project
Art historical images of sculpture and architecture from pre-historic to post-modern.

Digital Public Library of America
Brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.


The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
Early history of advertising in the United States.


Freer/Sackler Galleries 
Some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world.


Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique
Fourteen million books and printed documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps and plans, scores, coins, medals, sound documents, video and multimedia documents, scenery elements, etc. French only.

Gateway to Astronaut Photography from Space
 NASA’s database of images taken from space using the hand held cameras of astronauts.

Digital Collections at the Getty Research Institute
Materials range from the 15th century to the present and include books, photographs, manuscripts, archives, and works on paper.

Google Cultural Institute
Find artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe.


The Huntington Library Maynard L. Parker Collection
Negatives, transparencies, photographs, office records and business correspondence related to a wide range of American architects, publishers, and designers of the postwar era.


The Inter-American Institute for Advanced Studies in Cultural History
Interdisciplinary research and publications by scholars working in Latin-American cultural history.


Japanese Animated Film Classics 
A database of old Japanese Animations. Genres include war propaganda, early manga and fairy tales. Great mini bios of the animators.

John James Audubon’s Birds of America
Life-sized watercolours of North American birds, all reproduced from hand-engraved plates.


Aerial photographs of landscapes, cities, and topics such as suburbs, edge cities and New Urbanism.

The Library of Congress
Home to a growing treasury of digitized photographs, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, and books, as well as “born digital” materials such as Web sites.


Machiel Kiel Photographic Archive
Images of many monuments that have not survived, or have been significantly altered in, the second half of the twentieth century.

Mapping Gothic France
Images, texts, charts and historical maps to explore the parallel stories of Gothic architecture and the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Mapping Titian
Allows users to create customizable collections of paintings and maps that show the movement of the pictures over time and space.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
High-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection.


National Collection of Aerial Photography (UK/Europe)
The vast majority of the photographs have been declassified by the UK Ministry of Defense and cover the Second World War and the Cold War.

NGA Images
Repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art.

The National Register of Historic Places
Includes both Government content that is in the public domain; as well as photographs, audio and video clips contributed or licensed by third parties.

Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD)
Unique collection of documentary, library and archive material on Western art from the late Middle Ages to the present. Documentation about Dutch art forms the nucleus of the collections.

New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery
Over 800,000 items digitized, including photographs, maps, motion-pictures and audio recordings.

NYPL Digital Gallery
New York Public Library’s vast collections, includes illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.


Picture Collection Online
More than 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923.

Pattern in Islamic Art
Images of patterns and other design features drawn from the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic world.

Photo Roma
Thousands of photos of Rome and other Italian cities.


Rossetti Archive
Facilitates the scholarly study of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.


Around 100 buildings from each state are represented.

Science & Society Picture Library
The National Museums of Science and Industry, which includes London’s Science Museum, the National Railway Museum and the National Media Museum.

Fascinating blog about historical photographs with fantastic, high resolution images.

Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae Collection
Brought together by a nineteenth-century collector and organized around a core of prints published by Lafreri but also includes many other related prints.

Contemporary and historical information on works of structural engineering, their designers, and firms that constructed them.


Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Interwar Paris
Examination of Latin American artists’ intense interaction with European artists and critics as well as their major contributions to the international art scene in Paris between the two world wars.

Turkish Cultural Foundation
Professional collection of Prof. Dr. Nurhan Atasoy, Art Historian and Senior Scholar of the Turkish Cultural Foundation.


Ukiyo-e: Japanese Woodblock Print Search
Search for Japanese woodblock prints by simply taking a picture of an existing print AND see similar prints across multiple collections of prints.

U.S. National Library of Medicine
Biomedical books and still and moving images.

USGS Earth Explorer
The United States Geological Survey is very similar to Google Earth, but with different features.


Visual Arts Data Service
Farnham Campus of The University College for the Creative Arts.

Vézelay: Benedictine Abbey Church of Sainte-Marie-Madeline
By Professor Alison Stones at the University of Pittsburgh.


Web Gallery of Art
Western (European) fine arts of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism periods (1000-1900).

The Wellcome Library
Specializing in the history of medicine, features  art related to medicine, the body, public health, and medical science.

Wikimedia Commons
Anyone can add material, but the image quality is often terrific.

William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné
More than 25,000 prints and negatives as well as scholarly research and bibliographies about the photographer.

Without Bounds or Limits
Online Exhibition of “The Plan of Chicago” by Daniel H. Burnham at the Art Institute of Chicago.

World Architectural Survey Examples
World architectural sites from pre-historic to modern times.

California State University IMAGE Project.


Yale Collections
Art, natural history, books, and maps, photos, audio, and video documenting people, places, and events that form part of Yale’s institutional identity and contribution to scholarship.

York Project on Wikimedia
Paintings from the York Project DVD “10,000 Masterpieces of Painting.”

Your Paintings
The entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real.