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Subject Guide ~ Art and Art History

Image Databases

Use Art & Architecture Source to locate an artwork reproduced in an art magazine or journal.

  1. On the Advanced Search screen, search for the artist and/or title of artwork.
  2. Scroll down to Limit Your Results. Under Document Type, choose Art Reproduction.

Art Image Collections

Citing Images in Chicago Style

Image Captions

  • Images used in a research paper, slide presentation or website should include captions.
  • Use parenthetical references in the research paper, placed at the end of a sentence.
    • example:  ... Painted in June, 1889, The Starry Night depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise (fig 1).
  • Titles of works of art are italicized.
  • If an image is reproduced from a print source or a website, include the source's publication information.
  • Caption elements include: Figure or Illustration number (i.e., Fig. or Ill.). Artist's name, Title of Work, Date, Medium, [Dimensions], Collection or Institution, Place.

image caption:
Fig. 1. Vincent Van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889, Oil on canvas, 29 in. x 36 ¼ in., Museum of Modern Art, New York.

image downloaded from ARTstor
Fig 2. Frederic Edwin Church, Storm in the Mountains. 1847, Oil on canvas, Cleveland Museum of Art. ARTstor. http://www.artstor.org

image downloaded from a museum web site
Fig. 3. Claude Monet, Water Lilies. 1919, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/438008

image scanned from an image reproduced in a book
Fig 4. August Rodin, The Thinker, 1880-81. Bronze sculpture. Cleveland Museum of Art. Rodin: the Shape of Genius. By Ruth Butler. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993: 4.

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