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 The images are still available and downloadable, but the site is no longer maintained, and there is no longer any information about image use and permissions.
Selected galleries:
- Medieval Ireland
- Romanesque
- English Gothic
- French Gothic
- Italian Gothic

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:
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Westminster Abbey
- Wells Cathedral
- Notre Dame, Paris
- Saint Trophime, Arles

Digital Scriptorium

The Digital Scriptorium is an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. The images can be searched or browsed by location, shelfmark, author, title, scribe, artist, or language. The images are mostly free to use for educational purposes, with a few limitations (see full image use policy).


Enluminures is a French website of images of illuminated manuscripts in the collections of the French public library system. The images are divided into nine categories based on the subjects of the texts, including nativity, French kings, sciences, agriculture, war, etc. To open large versions of the thumbnail images, click on the text below the image, then click on the thumbnails to the left of the webpage.

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.
Selected groups:
- English Medieval Wall Paintings
- Gothic Art & Architecture
- Gothic Churches
- Italia Medievale
- Italy Medieval Art
- Early Medieval Europe
- Medieval
- Medieval Architecture and Art
- Medieval Art
- Medieval Murals
- Romanesque Architecture and Paintings
- Romanesque Art
- Romanesque Art in Spain

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:
- Early Medieval
- Medieval

Illumunated Manuscripts from the Koninklijke Biblioheek

This collection of illuminated manuscript images was created by the Koninklijke Biblioheek (the national library of the Netherlands) and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum. The website contains a guided tour of the collection, as well as browse and search features in English, German, and French. The site displayes roughly 10,000 images of their manuscripts, the only drawback is that the images are very small. This site would be better to use for scholarly work than for finding images to use for slideshows. their mission statement about usage is here.
- Manuscript search

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. The images may be used in unaltered form for non-commercial educational purposes, as long as the artist and museum website address are cited.
Selected galleries:
- The Cloisters
- Medieval Art

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.
Related galleries:
- Gothic Sculpture
- Romanesque Sculpture

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, theater images and photos , 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:
- Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from Western Europe

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:
- Gothic Art

Web Gallery of Art

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum of European painting and sculpture from the 12th to mid-19th centuries. The database can be browsed by artist or searched by culture, period, date, or type of art. See image use guidelines.
Selected galleries:
- Medieval Section

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:
- Medieval Art
- Medieval Architecture
- Carolingian Art
- Gothic Art
- Illuminated Manuscripts
- Medieval Frescoes
- Medieval Sculpture
- Medieval Statues
- Romanesque Art

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:
- Romanesque
- Gothic

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. Be patient, the windows open slowly.
Related galleries:
- French Romanesque Architecture & Sculpture
- Medieval European Applied Arts
- Medieval European Painting
- Medieval- 5th to 15th Century
- French Gothic Architecture & Architectural Sculpture
- French Gothic Sculpture
- British/Irish Romanesque
- British/Irish Gothic
- German & Austrian 11th-15th c Painting & Graphics
- Italian Gothic Sculpture & Architecture
- Italian Gothic Painting