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How to Research Works of Art on Paper: Images of Works of Art

Barbara Polowy, Fall 2015

Major Art Image Databases

Online Museum Collection Catalogs

Online museum collection catalogs are an excellent source of good quality images with reliable descriptive information. A few examples of local and outstanding major museums are listed here.

Reproductions in Books & Catalogs

Helpful Library of Congress Subject Headings for finding heavily illustrated books and catalogs in the Five College Library Catalog and other library catalogs are:

  • Exhibitions
  • In art
  • Illustrations
  • Photographs
  • Pictorial works
  • Portraits

    Reproductions in Periodicals

    Indexes to Reproductions of Works on Paper

    These sources list thousands of works of art reproduced in hundreds of books. Access is provided by artist, title, and in some cases by subject. Entries usually give information on the size of the reproduction and whether it's in black-and-white or in color.
    American Printmakers, 1946-1996. Art Ref NE508 .B76 1999 

    Black Artist in America. Art Reference N6538.N5T46 1991

    Contemporary Art and Artists. Art Reference N6490.P3234

    Index to Two-dimensional Art Works. Art Reference N7525.K67

    Photography Index. Art Reference TR199.P37

    Print Index. Art Reference NE90.P17 1983

    More Images of Works of Art

    Find Images: Works of Art
    More sources for finding images of works of art online and in print.