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Find Images: Asian

These are image resources selected for their focus on Asian art and visual culture. Feel free to contact us with other suggestions.

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


  • AGSL Digital Photo Archive
    “The AGSL Digital Photo Archive presents over 7,000 images from the holdings of the American Geographical Society (AGS) Library. The selection focuses on the countries of Asia and the Middle East. The images come from the collections acquired over many decades by the AGS Library including an extensive photographic print collection. The digital collection is under continuing development.”
  • Art and Art History Visual Resources Collection, University of Colorado Boulder (access limited to CU)
    Our collection features a significant number of images representing contemporary Asian Art. Also includes historical works from across Asia.
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Asian collection
    “The Art Institute’s distinguished Asian collection comprises works spanning nearly five millennia from China, Korea, Japan, India, southwest Asia, and the Near and Middle East.”
  • 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.
  • Asia Art Archive
    “AAA’s collection is a dynamic, growing body of material intended to reflect contemporary artistic practice and developments of Asia within an international context. Built through a systematic programme of research and information gathering, AAA is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading public collections of primary and secondary source material about contemporary art in Asia.”
  • Asian Historical Architecture
    “A photographic survey of Asia’s architectural heritage. Here you can view over 17,500 photos of 844 sites in twenty-one countries, with background information and virtual tours. This website is a collection of photos from many different contributors.”
  • Huntington Photographic Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art
    “This digital collection includes more than 40,000 photographs of art and architecture from throughout Asia. The countries included in this collection are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.”
  • National Museum of Korea
    “Previously, exhibitions at the NMK featured only Korean arts, but we have expanded our focus
    in both our permanent collection and our newly expanded collections from Asian
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    “Among the finest in the Western world, the MFA’s collection of Asian art covers the creative achievement of more than half the world’s population since 4,000 BC. The collection encompasses Japanese, Chinese, and Indian painting and sculpture; Japanese prints and metalwork; Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese ceramics; and the arts of the Islamic world.”
  • National Palace Museum, Taipei
    The National Palace Museum has a collection containing over 690,000 pieces of ancient Chinese works.  Images of highlights are featured online.
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Chinese Art Collection
    “With more than 7,500 works of high quality, the Chinese collection comprises masterpieces from every historical stage and in every medium of China’s artistic activity – from Neolithic times to the 20th century. “  The Nelson-Atkins website features ten highlights from the collection.
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Japanese Art Collection
    “The Japanese collection contains more than 2,000 works of art ranging from the 10th century B.C.E. to the early 20th century. The strength of the collection lies in the number and quality of its folding paper screens, an art form that is a unique contribution of Japan.” The Nelson-Atkins website features ten highlights from the collection.
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, South & Southeast Asian Art Collection
    “The Museum’s collection of South and Southeast Asian art is considered among the important collections in America.The collection contains 945 objects of the highest quality from the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions. Objects range from the 3rd century B.C.E. to the 19th century C.E., from areas covered by modern-day India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand.” The Nelson-Atkins website features four highlights from the collection.
  • Sidney D. Gamble Photographs
    “Approximately 5,000 photographs, primarily of China, 1917-1932.”  The online collection is maintained by Duke University.
  • WorldImages, Asia
    “This section contains images from all over Asia, from China, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, India, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Nepal and the Philippines. In addition to art works there are images of Asians themselves and of their interactions with the west.” From California State University.

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