Digital Imaging Project

The Digital Imaging Project hosts images of sculpture and architecture from prehistoric to most-modern times. The website is organized by location. The best part of this collection is that each work has many different photographs from various angles, not only the traditional views. See image use guidelines.
Related galleries:
- Vietnam galleries
- Cambodia galleries
- Pakistan
- India

Flickr Groups

Flickr Groups are themed image collections created by members of the Flickr photograph-sharing community. There are thousands of Flickr Groups, and more are created daily. The size and quality of images within the groups varies, but overall I am impressed with the images I find there. Copyright protection varies by photographer. A very popular protection on the site is the Creative Commons license, which allows anyone to use, distribute, and change the photograph as long as attribution is given to the creator. To the right of each photograph the copyright information is displayed.
Related groups:
- Bangkok Architecture: Ancient and Modern
- Historic India
- Japanese Gardens
- Japanese Shrines Temples & Castles
- Ruins from India
- Taj Mahal & Other Historical Monuments of India
- Temples of India
- Temples and Shrines
- Treasures of the Dragon- Asia and the Middle East
- Asian Antiques

Freer and Sackler Museums

The Freer and the Sackler, the Smithsonian's museums of Asian Art and "contain some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world." The images are not retrievable from the Website, by their policies, but the information available is so extensive, the galleries are included here. Click on "Exhibitions" to get interactive programs in each category. On the Permissions page are links to sheets of thumbnails, with data for each artwork. You may contact the Smithsonian for permission to use images for educational use.
- Chinese Art
- Japanese Art
- Korean Art
- South Asia & Himalayan Art
- Southeast Asian Art

Historic Illustrations

The Historic Illustrations of Art and Architecture Project contains 351 scans of late 19th to early 20th century illustrations of mostly architecture and some art. The collection can be searched, browsed, or you can view the entire collection at once. All the image are open to use by the public.
Selected galleries:
- India

IDEAS Project

The IDEAS Project is a collaboration between Colorado College, Earlham College, Lake Forest College and St. Olf College, to establish a database for the academic field of Asian Studies. For Art History purposes, there are many images of high quality, with options to download in small (250X250), medium (up to 500X500), or large (greater than 500X500) format. Their copyright information can be found here. There are Collections to search or browse, or an advanced search for more specific needs. The collections have Art History, cultural images, pamphlets, and more. Some of the collections are:
-Religious Sites in Maharashtra includes sites of Ellora, Khuldabad, and Ajanta
-Undergraduate Curriculum Program The full name is "ASIANetwork-Luce Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Project, and it includes art images as well as cultural images.
-Japanese Religious Images A collection of 240 images, taken by Prof. David Gardiner of Colorado College.
-East Asian Pamphlets Several hundred books and pamphlets, each text searchable and downloadable as PDFs, from the collection of Hugh Deane, mostly related to China 1930s-1950s.

Luna Commons

Each collection has downloadable images, but available sizes vary. Most can be up to 1500 pixels long side. See Luna Commons' terms of use here.
-Japanese Historical Maps
-Chikanobu & Yoshitoshi Woodblock Prints

Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts 6,500 images of works from their permanent collection on their website. The images are divided into collections by theme, time period, and geography, and there is also a search feature that can be used to locate a specific work. It is also worthwhile to click on "Collections," and then "Galleries," and narrow your search there. The images may be used in unaltered form for non-commercial educational purposes, as long as the artist and museum website address are cited.
Related galleries:
- Asian Art (Generalized)
- Buddhist Art

- Chinese Sculpture
- East Asian Art
- Arts of Ancient China
- Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
- Arts of Nepal and Tibet




Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has digital images of over 300,000 pieces from their collection available on their website. The collection can be browsed, searched, or viewed through interactive tours. A feature called MyMFA allows you to bookmark images to a free account for future use. Images from the website are free to use for educational purposes. See image use policy.
Related galleries:
- Chinese Decorative Arts (Later)
- Chinese Funerary Art
- Chinese Musical Instruments
- Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy
- Chinese Religious Arts
- Chinese Ritual Arts (Early)
- Himalyan Art
- Indonesian Music Instruments
- Japanese Arms & Armor
- Japanese Art in the 20th Century
- Japanese Buddhist Art
- Japanese Musical Instruments
- Japanese Paintings
- Japanese Postcards
- Japanese Prints
- Korean Art
- Meiji-era Photographs
- Oceanic Art
- Oceanic Musical Instruments
- South Asian Art
- South Asian Musical Instruments
- Southeast Asian Art
- Southeast Asian Musical Instruments

NYPL Digital Gallery

The New York Public Library Digital Gallery provides access to over 550,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more. Most of the works are in the public domain and the photographs provided can be used for educational purposes, though a fee is required for using the images for commercial use.
Selected galleries:
- Asia and the Pacific Rim in Early Prints and Photographs
- Indonesian Dance and Related Arts
- The Artist and the Book in Japan
- Japanese Color Woodcuts by Kitagawa Utamaro


Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a huge media repository maintained by volunteers. The website has hundreds of thousands of files of images, sounds, and videos for many disciplines. The Art section allows you to browse images from various access points, such as country, culture, genre, period, artist, collectors, etc. Navigation through the various links of the site can be time-consuming, so if you are searching for a specific artwork or artist it would be best to use the search feature (since images are hidden until you get to the most specific category). All of the media files on the site are supposed to be available for educational use-- the specific license conditions of each file can be found on their description pages.
Related galleries:
- Art of Asia
- Angkor
- Art of China
- Art of Japan
- Art of Thailand
- Buddhist Art
- Art of India

World Architecture

The World Architectural History Survey is a collection of architecture photographs from prehistory to contemporary times. The project was created at Bryn Mawr College and the images are to be used for non-profit educational purposes. The site is easy to navigate and most of the images are accessible just one click away from the front page.
Related galleries:
- China
- Japan
- South Asia

World Images Kiosk

The World Images Kiosk is a collection of over 50,000 images hosted by California State University. The collection is very multi-cultural and it's a great resource for non-western art, which can often be difficult to find online in English. All images may be used freely for educational purposes.
Related galleries:
- China
- South East Asia
- Philippines
- Central Asia
- India
- Japan
- Tibet & Nepal
- Asian Interactions

Yale Silk Road Database
A collection of over 6,000 images of major sites in the Silk Road region taken during faculty site seminars led by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (Professor, History of Art) under the auspices of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University in the summers of 2006-2009.