Images & Materials & Media
An A-Z list of Image and Materials databases
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Images documenting works of art from museum collections around the world.
Art Museum Image Gallery
AP Images Collection
AP Images Collection contains over 4.6 million photographs dating from 1826 to current day events. Images provided by The Associated Press.
1.5 million digital images covering all periods of art, architecture, and archeology including contemporary art & design. Free registration required for downloads.
- Berg Fashion Library
- Access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, etc. Full list of content
Over 500,000 images representing the visual culture of global civilizations covering periods from prehistory to present.
Coloribus Global Advertising Archive
Over 2 million current and historic ads (1990-present) for viewing online and download.
COPA: Commercial Pattern Archive
Getty Research Institute Open Content Program
10,000+ high-resolution images.
Access nearly two million rights-cleared images from over 50 of the best collections in the world.
Kanopy Streaming Video Collection
Provides access to over 6,000 educational documentaries arranged by collection. Subjects include arts, business, health, media, sciences, humanities and education.
Over 7,000 materials and processes covering the fields of architecture, industrial design, interior design, and textiles. Comprehensive product information, technical specifications, application information, manufacturer profiles, and material images. Register here to establish a personal login account.
Oxford Art Online - Images
Includes Grove Art Online, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Image bank created by the Visual Resources Center at the RISD Library. Images contributed by RISD departments, the largest being the RISD Visual Resources Library at 20,000 digital images of art and design objects.
RISD Library Picture Collection
The Picture Collection contains over 450,000
images. Clippings, photographs, maps, mounted art prints and other items are
arranged by subject and nearly all circulate. Browse or search the Picture Collection's Picture Collection Art File Index (pdf) or Picture Collection Subject Index (pdf) to locate folders by artist, medium, country, art movement, or subject.
Smithsonian Institution Research Information Center
Online catalog of the collections of the Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries.
Visual Arts Data Service (VADS )
Visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images.