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Find Images: Early Christian, Byzantine, and Medieval

These are image resources selected for their strength in medieval art and visual culture. 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.


  • The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies, Georgetown University
    “The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown University. The Labyrinth’s easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world.” The Art category provides links to a wealth of resources. The online collection is sponsored by Georgetown University.

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.
  • Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
    “Search 250,000 digitized images of photographs, textual documents, illuminated manuscripts, maps, works of art, and books from the Beinecke’s collections.”
  • Bodleian Libraries Digital Collections
    Collections inched 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.
  • Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library
    “The Houghton Library’s distinguished collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts represents a significant resource for the study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Western Europe. Assembled through gifts and purchase over the past two centuries, this collection includes works in Latin, Greek, and most of the vernacular languages of Europe that are the primary sources for the study of the literature, art, history, music, philosophy, and theology of the periods.”
  • 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.”
  • Gothic Past, Trinity College Dublin
    “An open-access resource for the study of medieval Irish architecture and sculpture. The site showcases images from three significant collections of image archives housed in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College.”
  • International Center of Medieval Art’s Flickr Photostream
    The International Center of Medieval Art is formed “to promote and encourage the study, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts of the Middle Ages produced in Europe, the Mediterranean region, and the Slavic world, during the period between ca. 300 and ca. 1500 C.E.; and to this end to sponsor and otherwise support study, teaching, conferences, exhibitions, displays, and publications devoted to medieval art and culture.”
  • Mapping Gothic France
    “With a database of images, texts, charts and historical maps, Mapping Gothic France invites you to explore the parallel stories of Gothic architecture and the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries.”

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