Art Images

Art Images for College Teaching was a personal, non-profit resource created by Allan T. Kohl, visual resources curator at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design-- all photographs were taken by Allan. Most of the images have references to pages of major art history textbooks where the work is mentioned. The images are still available and downloadable, but the site is no longer maintained, and there is no longer any information about image use and permissions.
- Early Christian
- Byzantine Art

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.
Selected galleries:
- Sant'Apollinare
- Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
- San Vitale

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 we are impressed with the images we 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. Click on an image to enlarge it; there is copyright information to the right of the enlarged photograph.
Selected groups:
- Ancient Mosaics in Turkey
- Byzantium
- Dead Cities - Syria Byzantine Heritage
- Early Christian Art and Architecture
- Christian Religious Iconography
- Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine Heritage in Turkey
- Mosaic Museum, Istanbul

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:
- Byzantine
- Early Christian

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 or 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.
Selected galleries:
- Byzantine
- Early Christian

New York Public Library

NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminatedmanuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more. There are almost 2,000 images from print sources collected under the heading Wonders: Images of the Ancient World, described here, and searchable by keywordhere.
- Byzantine

Olga's Gallery

Olga's Gallery is collection of over 12,000 images of works of art from around the world and it was created by a family whose original purpose was to teach art history to children. Most artist pages include a brief biography as well as a list of images with thumbnails. When using an image from this site, it is requested that credit be given, including the URL of the website. See image use guidelines.
Selected galleries:
- Byzantine Art

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.
Selected galleries:
- Byzantine Art
- Byzantine Architecture
- Hagia Sophia
- Byzantine Illuminated Manuscripts

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.
Selected galleries:
- Early Christian and Byzantine
- Carolingian and Ottonian

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.
Selected galleries:
- Byzantine Architecture
- Byzantine Painting
- Byzantine & Early Christian Mosaics
- Byzantine Applied Arts & Sculpture
- Early Christian Art & Architecture
- Archaeological Sites: Carthage