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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.

image downloaded from a museum web site
Fig. 3. Claude Monet, Water Lilies. 1919, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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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