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Find Images: African

These are image resources selected for their focus on African visual art and culture. See our other image resources pages for Islamic and Ancient Egyptian content. Feel free to contact us with other suggestions.

Images posted on the Internet are protected by copyright laws — read the terms of use for any website before downloading images, even for educational purposes.

Be sure to also check the VRC’s selection of Online Museum Collections.

  • Art History Resources, Art in Africa
    These are art history resources selected by Christopher Witcombe (Department of Art and Art History, Sweet Briar College, Virginia). Many of them feature images.


  • Artstor (access limited to the CU community)
    Artstor  is a digital library of over one million “images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.” The VRC provides training and support in this valuable resource.
  • National Museum of African Art
    “These Highlights are created to serve as entry points to explore the diversity of African Art. Please visit us often to see new Highlights or ‘mini’ exhibitions selected by NMAA Curators and Staff for your enjoyment.”
  • Ross Archive of African Images
    “Approximately 5,000 pictures of African art published before 1921. The Archive aspires to include all the figurative African objects in books, periodicals, catalogues, newspapers, and other publications appearing in 1920 and earlier – the oldest dates to 1591.”
  • WorldImages, Africa and the World
    Collections include Africa’s People; African Diaspora; Egypt; Nubian Art & History; Ethiopia; East Africa; West African Art and Environment; Central & Southern African Art & History; and North Africa. From California State University.

You might also wish to search for relevant content on the following VRC pages: