Artchive

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. See Image Use guidelines by by clicking on link at the bottom right of this page.
Selected galleries:
- Renaissance

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:
- Bruges Madonna
- Ospedale delgi Innocenti, Florence
- Sant'Andrea, Mantua
- Duomo Museum works

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).

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:
- Art & Florence
- Renaissance

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:
- Renaissance

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:
- Renaissance Art

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, 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

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:
- Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts

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 Category: 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:
- Renaissance Art
- Renaissance Architecture
- Renaissance Frescoes
- Renaissance Art in Italy
- Renaissance Paintings
- Renaissance Art in Poland
- Renaissance Art in Spain

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:
- Renaissance Italy
- Renaissance France
- Renaissance England
- Renaissance Spain

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.
Selected galleries:
- Italian 15th Century Paintings & Graphics
- Italian 15th Century Sculpture
- Italian 16th Century Painting & Graphics A-P
- Italian 16th Century Painting & Graphics Q-Z
- Italian 16th Century Sculpture
- Netherlandish 15th Century Painting & Graphics A-G
- Netherlandish/Flemish 16th Century Painting & Graphics H-Z
- German & Austrian 16th c Painting & Graphics
-German & Austrian 15th-16th c Applied Arts
- 15th Century Portraits
- 16th Century Portraits