Image Resources available to Penn State users:
Art History Department Visual Resource Collection: A growing collection of over 80,000 images documenting the history of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other visual arts from prehistoric times to the present. Includes images from the VRC's image collection as well as professional photography that has been licensed for Penn State use from vendors such as Scholars Resource and Davis Art Images, in addition to a selection of art works from the Palmer Museum of Art. A current valid Penn State user ID and password are required to access this collection.
ARTstor: A cross-disciplinary image database that offers collections of over one million art, architecture, humanities, and social science images and descriptive information. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline. A current valid Penn State user ID and password are required to access this collection.
Palmer Museum of Art: The permanent collection of the Palmer Museum of Art includes American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and sculpture; contemporary European, American, and Japanese studio ceramics; Asian ceramics, jades, paintings, and prints; and objects from ancient European, African, Near Eastern, and American cultures. This database contains descriptions of more than 7,000 works as well as images for many of them.
Worldwide Building and Landscape Pictures: A growing collection of several thousand color images of historic architecture and landscape design. A current valid Penn State user ID and password are required to access this collection.
External online image collections and other links:
The following are some useful online image collections and other links not included on the Penn State Libraries page:
Art Images for College Teaching (AICT): This began as a personal project dedicated to the principle of free exchange of image resources for and among members of the educational community. Allan Kohl of the Minneapolis College of Art And Design has made these images available.
Bluffton Digital Imaging Project: Art historical images of sculpture and architecture from pre-historic to post-modern. Over 14,000 digital images offered by Mary Ann Sullivan of Bluffton University freely available for personal or educational purposes.
Flickr: Online photo management and sharing application. Users upload and tag (label) photos, which they may choose to share publicly and allow others to tag for better search results. When opened, images available for downloading feature an ALL SIZES button that will reveal download options.
George Eastman House: A steadily growing digital image sampler and browsing resource for the vast photography holdings of George Eastman House.
Great Buildings Collection: This gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents more than a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures of all kinds.
Google Advanced Image Search: Google's image search engine provides links to countless images on the Web, many of which are low quality with frequently extraneous search results. To narrow search results with higher quality images, use the Advanced Image Search and specify an image size of at least medium.
Looking for Good Art: In-depth guide in three parts: 1) Web Resources and Image Databases; 2) Image Retrieval; 3) Glorious National Collections.
Mother of all Art and Art History Links: University of Michigan's compilation of art history departments, research resources, image collections, museums, and online exhibitions.
Web Gallery of Art: A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism and Romanticism periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 20,300 reproductions.
WorldImages: Provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains over 50,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes.
Visual Resources Association’s Flickr Group: Contains over 1600 images contributed by VRA members of their art and architecture related photographs from their travels and interests. These can be downloaded for educational purposes.
Professional Associations and Resource Links:
- Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
- Association of American Museums (AAM)
- College Art Association (CAA)
- Museum Computer Network (MCN)
- National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH)
- Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
- Visual Resources Association (VRA)
- Getty Research Institute
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)
- Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)
- Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)