In addition to searching the open web, try these licensed databases to find images.
A repository of images gathered from museums and other collections
(Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)
Oxford Art Online
Has an option to search images only. Also great resource for information about styles, periods, and designers.
Academic Search Premier
Go to "more" then "images" to find images in magazines, newspapers, and journals
Draws images from scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines and newspapers covering all academic subject areas. Limit document type to your choice of image.
A journal archive with fulltext articles, including images. Choose the advanced search option. Search by keyword and change the drop down menu from fulltext to caption.
ARTstor Image Database
Short videos demonstrating the basics of ARTstor, an image database. Connect to ARTstor
A four minute video demonstrating the basics of ARTstor
Learn how to register for an ARTstor account in less than three minutes
A four minute video about creating an image group in ARTstor
Image Search Engines
If you don't find what you want, try other specialty image search engines.
- Wikimedia - includes images, audio, video, and other multimedia files uploaded by users
- picsearch - image search engine
- Image*after -images you can use in your own work
- Morgue File - public image archive
- Victoria & Albert Museum Furniture Gallery
- Domestic Interiors Database Provides a broad-ranging analytical survey of the ways in which the interior has been represented since the Renaissance in Western Europe and North America
- NY Public Digital Library thousands of images from NY Public Library's collection of manuscripts, maps, photographs and more
- Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Collection
- Art Project Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.
Other Types of Visual Search Engines