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Find Images: Early Modern European

These are image resources selected for their strength in early modern 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.

  •  Art Images for College Teaching (AICT)
    “A personal, non-profit project of its author, art historian and visual resources curator Allan T. Kohl. AICT is intended primarily to disseminate images of art and architectural works in the public domain on a free-access, free-use basis to all levels of the educational community, as well as to the public at large.”
  • 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.
  • Bodleian Libraries Digital Collections
    Collections include Greek manuscripts; Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript illumination; Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures; SJC Ms17: a unique work of medieval science; and Western Manuscripts.
  • Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Image Index of Art and Architecture
    “Its mission is to collect, index and make available photographs related to European art and architecture, as well as to conduct research on the history, practice and theory of how visual cultural assets are passed on, especially the accompanying transformation process as it relates to the media, the conditions of storing knowledge in visual form, and the significance to society of remembering visual culture. With its roughly 1.7 million photographs, Foto Marburg is one of the largest image archives on European art and architecture.”
  • CORSAIR, Online Research Resource of The Pierpont Morgan Library
    “Thousands of digital images from the Library’s renowned collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts are now available in CORSAIR. The collection spans some ten centuries of Western illumination, and contains manuscripts from all the major schools, including some of the great masterpieces of medieval manuscript art.”
  • Digital Imaging Project
    Photographs from the travels of Mary Ann Sullivan at Bluffton University. The archive currently contains over 19,000 images and grows as Sullivan continues her travels. Emphasis on European and American architecture, but also includes Egyptian, some Asian, and Mexican sites. They are freely available for personal or educational purposes.
  • Europeana
    “Around 1500 institutions have contributed to Europeana. Renowned names such as the British Library in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris are featured alongside smaller organisations across Europe. Together, their assembled collections allow you to explore Europe’s history from ancient times to the modern day.”
  • Joconde
    A collective catalog of the collections of French museums. Over 200,000 records are accompanied by images. Joconde Web site is in French.
  • Olga’s Gallery
    Personal site of over 10,000 fair use images with a focus on the canon of Western Art from the medieval to modern periods. Largely painting with a few sculptures. Terms of Use require users to cite the Web site as the image source.
  • Web Gallery of Art
    A personal gallery with a searchable database of European painting and sculpture from the 12th to mid-19th centuries. Contains over 18,000 images. While most images are surrogates scanned from printed sources, many are of acceptable quality for classroom projection.
  • WorldImages, Renaissance: 15th-16th Centuries
    Collections include Burgundian Renaissance; French Renaissance; German Renaissance; Italian Renaissance; Netherlandish Renaissance; Spanish Renaissance; and Renaissance Graphic Arts. From California State University.
  • WorldImages, Baroque and Rococo: 17th & 18th Centuries
    Collections include Italian 17th-18th centuries; Dutch & Flemish 17th-18th Century Art; French 17th -18th Century Art; German & Austrian 17th and 18th Century Art; Balkans & Central Europe; British Art 16th-18th Century; Russian Art 16th-19th Century; Spanish 17th-19th Century Art; Scandinavia. From California State University.

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