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LUCAD Library's Digital Images Research Guide
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Illustration of a camera obscura from page 807 of Ars Magna, Lucis et Umbrae “The Great Art of Light and Shadow”, Rome 1646 from the Rare Book Collection at the University St. Andrew's


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  • Asia Art Archive
    Asia Art Archive's extensive collection of material related to contemporary artists in several Asian countries including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, India, and Pakistan, as well as artists of Asian descent active worldwide and artists of non-Asian descent living in Asia.
  • Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design, and Public Art (ART on FILE Collection)
    approximately 18,000 images of contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and public art in the Digital Library. In 2006, ART on FILE's archive, produced by photographers Colleen Chartier and Rob Wilkinson, began to be made available through the Digital Library. Chartier and Wilkinson have photographed 20th and 21st century architecture and landscape architecture projects around the world, in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
  • Franklin Furnace Archives
    The collection consists of documentation of artists' books, performance art, site-specific works, and other time-based ephemeral arts. The images in the ARTstor Digital Library cover Franklin Furnace's first two decades, 1976-1995. . Artists represented in the archive include Guillaume Bijl, Willie Cole, Karen Finley, Teh-Ching Hsieh, Liza Lou, Robbie McCauley, Ana Mendieta, and Shirin Neshat.
  • Larry Qualls Archive
    This archive represents an encyclopedic overview of New York City contemporary art exhibitions in the last quarter of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, documenting prominent, emerging, and aspiring artists.
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art Collection
    The New Museum has preserved a photographic archive of exhibition installations and individual works from 1977 to the present. As such, the archive chronicles the development of contemporary art through the exhibitions and performances mounted at the New Museum since its founding.
  • Rhizome
    1,500 images from the Rhizome ArtBase, a leading online archive of new media art.
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    The SFMOMA collection in ARTstor consists of highlights from the museum's permanent collection of modern and contemporary art. International in scope, the permanent collection includes more than 26,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture and design, and media arts from 1900 to the present

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Kiefer, Anselm. Heavy Cloud. 1984. Metropolitan Musem of Art, New York, NY. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Web. 27 May 2014.
  • ARTstor
    Over one million images in of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. On-campus registration is required to access images at home.
  • Lesley University College of Art and Design Library's Digital Images Collection (MDID)
    LUCAD Library's in-house, faculty-driven image bank designed for teaching and studying. Login with your myLesley username and password.
  • api: Art Photo Index
    A growing searchable database of selected photographers and photo-based artists from throughout the world. Content focuses on artists who have already achieved a high level of recognition. Browse or search by keywords. Users can easily drag-and-drop images from any page directly into their personal collections.
  • Art Institute of Chicago's Online Art Collection
    Explore AIC's online arts collections, which offer access to over 68,000 works and basic information about works of art from all areas of their encyclopedic collection.
  • Brooklyn Museum Open Collection
    The Brooklyn Museum Open Collection contains over 105,000 images. Its holdings range from the ancient to the contemporary and encompass virtually all the world's principal cultures, reflecting the institution's long history of acquiring Western and non-Western art.
  • Google Cultural Institute
    This collection included over 6 million items - photos, videos, and documents. The Cultural Institute has partnered with a number of institutions to make exhibition and archival content available online, including the British Museum, Yad Vashem, the Museo Galileo in Florence, the Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw.
  • International Center of Photography eMuseum
    Free registration is required.

    At present there are over 45,000 records available online via ICP's eMuseum. Since its opening in 1974, ICP has acquired important historical and contemporary images through a dedicated Acquisitions Committee and through generous donations and bequests from photographers and collectors. The collection spans the history of the photographic medium, from daguerreotypes to gelatin silver and digital chromogenic prints.
  • Internet Archive Book Images
    An American academic has created a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images. The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation. Most of the images that are in the books are not in any of the art galleries of the world - the original copies have long ago been lost.
  • J. Paul Getty Museum Open Content Program
    Roughly 4,600 images from the J. Paul Getty Museum are available in high resolution on the Getty's website for use without restriction—representing 4,689 objects (some images show more than one object), including paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, antiquities and sculpture and decorative arts.
  • Library of Congress American Memory Project
    American Memory provides open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music.
  • Los Angeles County Art Museum
    From ancient sculpture to Impressionist masters, from scroll paintings to Mesoamerican potter there are 20,000 high quality downloadable images of artworks from LACAM's encyclopedic collection are believed to be in the public domain—available without restriction, free of charge.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art's Digital Image Collection
    Explore 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the MET's world-renowned collection. Images may be downloaded directly from the museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee.
  • MoMA's Online Collection
    Over 50,000 works and 8,000 artists from photography, painting, sculpture, new media, design, and film disciplines are represented in the MoMA online collection
  • National Gallery
    The National Gallery Collection is comprised of high definition images from the National Gallery, London. Each entry includes a description of the work along with its artist, medium, dimensions, aquisition credit, and date made.
  • National Gallery of Art's Open Access Image Collection
    NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 32,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.
  • NYPL Digital Gallery
    The New York Public Library's digital image database, developed to provide open access to thousands of images from the original and rare holdings of the New York Public Library
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Digital Library
    SAIC Digital Collections is an online repository created as a joint project of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago. A collaboration between the Flaxman Library (SAIC) and the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries (AIC), SAIC Digital Collections features materials from the special collections of both institutions, made available online to all users.

    Collections include materials from the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, Ryerson & Burnham Finding Aids Collection, the Roger Brown Study Collection, and the Chicago Architectural Sketch Club, with new collections and materials added all the time.
  • Visual Arts Data Services Digital Image Collections
    VADS has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research.

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