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ARTH 275: Design Research Guide

Google Projects

Google Art Project

Google's collaboration with over 250 art institutions to enable the discovery and viewing of tens of thousands of artworks from more than 6,000 artists in high resolution images online

Google Arts & Culture

Platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's partner museums.

Art Image Databases @Queen's

Artstor (digital image library for educational and scholarly uses. To use ARTstor to its full advantage (both on or off campus), you must first become a "registered user")


Formerly known as Index of Christian Art. Important archive of medieval iconography, from Princeton University. 

Oxford Art Online (includes Grove Art – limit 8 users)
Vogue Archive
A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.

Image Collections

Art UK

Showcase for art in over 3,200 public, collaborating UK collections (museums, universities, town halls, hospitals and other civic buildings), where 80% of the art is not on public view.

British Library: Images Online

The Picture Library of the British Library holds over 150 million items including the King's Library, manuscripts, rare books, musical texts, maps, illustrations, drawings, paintings and photographs spanning almost 3000 years

British Library: Online Gallery

30,000 items from the British Library Collection, including Online Exhibitions

British Museum Collection

High-definition images, enlargeable for detailed examination, of almost four and a half million early to contemporary objects

Cleveland Museum of Art: Open Access Collection

Digital rights waived to approximately 30,000 objects to provide unlimited online access to works in museum's collection in the public domain (artists dead for at least 120 years) for use by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose.

Digital Imaging Project
Art historical images of sculpture and architecture from pre-historic to post-modern (Prof. Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton University).

Folger Shakespeare Library: Digital Image Collection

High resolution images from books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, and art to re-use for any purpose provided credit is given to the Folger Shakespeare Library as the source. Direct link to database catalog

Frick Digital Image Archive

The Frick Collection's digital image archive

The Great Buildings Collection

Architecture reference site to a thousand buildings, with 3D models, photographic images, architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, timelines and web links. Search by name of building, architect or place.

GRI Digital Collections

The Getty Research Institute Digital Collections

Library of Congress: Digital Collections

Library of Congress's gateway to primary source materials in over 100 historical collections relating to the history and culture of the United States.

Louvre Collections

More than 480,000 works in the Musée du Louvre and Musée National Eugène-Delacroix. Updated on a daily basis

Mapping Gothic France

Project of Dr. Stephen Murray, Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University and Dr. Andrew Tallon, Art, Vassar College, funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A 3-D database of images, texts, charts and historical maps, to explore Gothic architecture and the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Collection Online

Over 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s collection may be downloaded for non-commercial use.

National Gallery of Art: The Collection

Search the entire National Gallery of Art collection by artist's last name, key words in the title, key words in object information, credit line, provenance name, accession number, exhibition history, and/or catalogue raisonné.


The Rijksmuseum's Rijks Studio, a free online collection of over 709,000 digitized artworks, is searchable by artist, object type, period, and place. Most of the digitized works are in the public domain - downloadable and even customizable with the museum's free resources.

V&A Collections

1,146,388 objects and 416,583 images from the V&A's collections
Visual Collections - images of art, history and culture
More than 300,000 images in cartography, fine arts, architecture and photography from over fifty renowned collections

The Walters Art Museum: Online Collection

High-resolution archival images from the collection of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, along with detailed catalog descriptions

Web Gallery of Art

Digital reproductions of European paintings and sculptures created between the years 1100 and 1850

Canadian Image Collections

Created by Pierre du Prey, Professor Emeritus, Queen's University, reflecting over forty years of teaching, photographing, studying, writing about, and helping to preserve our built environment. Contains image database, glossary, and chronological, thematic and theoretical paths.

Digital Museums Canada Canadian resource

Virtual exhibits, teaching resources, and innovative projects from Canadian museum collections, with images containing detailed information on the contributing museum and copyright information.

Images Canada Canadian resource

Archived Government of Canada web page. Search the image collections of participating archives, libraries, museums and universities from across Canada.

McCord Museum Collections Online Canadian resource

Artefacts online held by the McCord Museum in Montreal and by the partner museums, including 450,000 images online from the McCord's Notman Photographic Archives.