Tea pot, Freer Gallery, Smithsonian
Selected art museum websites
Increasingly, museums provide access to major portions of their collections online and are therefore rich sources of images. It is also worth remembering that some – the Met, the Louvre, the National Gallery (U.S. and U.K.), the Tate, the British Museum, and many others – are rich sources of information on provenance, exhibition history, artist biography, and bibliography as well.
Library digitization projects
Currier Collections Online
The Currier Museum of Art Reference Library collection contains over 12,000 objects. Most of the collection can be viewed online and many objects are accompanied by interpretive text and zoomable images.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
Contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. The collections of the Prints & Photographs Division include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.
New York Public Library Digital Gallery
provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library’s vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.
Yale University Digital Collections
The cross-collection search retrieves results from over 500,000 images in selected Library Digital Collections. These collections include the Yale Visual Resources Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Digital Images Online and the Yale Department of Classics Collection.