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.Art and Art History (General): Finding Images

This is the main portal to databases and other library sources for art and art history research at Van Wylen Library, Hope College.

Image Databases

ARTstor

is a fantastic image collection that contains over a million images.  Most of these are fine art images from all media types, but the database also contains an increasing number of documentary photographs.

Search Tips

  • To enter the database for searching, hit the go button.  If you don't have one already, I recommend registering, as this will allow you to save groups of images for yourself in the system.
  • Use the basic search box to find images of your art object.  You might need to try a few different word combinations to get all the images of your piece, as they are sometimes given different titles (for example, Bishop Bernward's doors are called both "door" and "portal"; the best results came with "Hildesheim and Bernward")
  • ARTstor is also great for finding comparison works of art for your paper.  For this, I would suggest using the "Advanced Search" screen.  This will allow you to limit to certain dates, types of art and parts of the world.

artstor advanced search screen

  • In the resulting images, click on an image for more information and a larger picture that you can zoom in on.
  • Once you are registered you can download each image to use in power points or papers or save to a group in artstor.

saving or downloading artstor images

  • You can also save several images at once in ARTstor.  To do this, click on each image to highlight it orange.  Then under the "Organize" tab, choose "Save Selected Images to" and either create a new folder or add them to an existing one.

arstor organize tab

Research/Instruction Librarians