Note on Galleries

One of the major difficulties in creating this wiki was deciding how to organize the galleries from the 18th through 20th centuries. The creators of this project decided that the most simple and user-friendly method is to break up the galleries chronologically. Please be aware that many art styles and periods span multiple centuries or appeared at different times in different countries. As it is currently organized, 18th century covers Enlightenment, Rococo, Georgian, and Neoclassical; 19th century covers Romanticism, Orientalism, Gothic Revival, Victorian, Realism, Impressionism, Pre-Raphaelites, Symbolism, and Post-Impressionism; early 20th century covers Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, Cubism, and Art Deco; and Modern & Contemporary covers Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Street Art, etc.


Mark Harden's "Artchive" contains images of many essential works of art covered in any survey course. You won't find many obscure artists or rare works here, but if you need a high-quality reproduction of one of the essentials this is an excellent resource. The site is easy to navigate by the alphabetical listing of all the artists and periods/styles on the left of the screen. Each entry has some text and a list of images towards the bottom. Scroll to the bottom of this page for image use guidelines.
Selected galleries:
- Abstract Expressionism
- Pop Art
- Contemporary/Postmodern

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:
- Notre Dame du Haut
- Palais du Cinéma
- Musée d'Orsay
- La Défense (Paris)
- Bastille Opera House (Paris)
- Henry Moore sculpture (Toronto)
- New City Hall (Toronto)
- Haas House (Vienna)
- St. Joseph's Church (Le Havre)
- Le Havre Cultural Center
- Villa Savoye
- Contemporary Vienna
- Max Palevsky Residential Commons, U. of Chicago

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:
- Contemporary Architecture

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:
- Modern and Contemporary Art- use this link, then scroll down to "Modern and Contemporary Art," and choose from 52 categories of art styles.

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:
- Contemporary 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:
- Pop Art
- Street Art
- Modern Art
- Contemporary Art
- Land Art
- Performance Art
- Commercial 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.
Selected galleries:
- Post-War Europe
- Post-War North America
- Post-War Other Countries

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:
- 20th Century European Architecture
- 20th-21st Century American Architecture
- Abstract Expressionism
- Abstract Painting 20th-21st Century
- Abstract Sculpture 20th-21st Century
- Color Abstraction
- Pop Art
- Conceptual & Installation Art
- Applied Arts- 20th & 21st Centuries European