An unparalleled range of images

Oliverio Toscani, Double Portrait of Andy Warhol, 1974, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo © MFAH, © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / BILDKUNST, BonnOliverio Toscani, Double Portrait of Andy Warhol, 1974, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo © MFAH, © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / BILDKUNST, Bonn

The Artstor Digital Library features an unparalleled range of images from some of the world’s leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists in one easily-navigated repository. Artstor facilitates research and education in numerous disciplines, including art and visual studies, architecture, religion, anthropology and archaeology, global studies, fashion and costume, classics, world history, and more. Our library is solely available for teaching, education and scholarship, with all images supported with comprehensive metadata and cleared for educational use. Researchers, faculty, and librarians can find rare collections not accessible anywhere else, and contributions are added monthly, continually expanding our areas of reference and study. 

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260-day calendarial cycle ('tonalpohualli') illustrated with appropriate rituals and offerings used in divination (also known as 'Codex Laud’). | 15th century |  Bodleian Library, University of Oxford | Image and original data provided by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. | Copyright Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

Specialized collections

  • Botanical and zoological illustrations from Cook’s Voyages to the South Seas
  • Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise
  • 360-degree panoramas of Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China
  • Manuscripts and early printed books from the Bodleian Library
  • Photographs of architecture, cultural traditions, rituals, and pilgrimage sites from Southeast Asia
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects | The Art Institute of Chicago: The Modern Wing | 1999-2009 | © Rpbw, Renzo Piano Building Workshop


Architectural highlights ranging from Le Corbusier to Renzo Piano, QTVR panoramas, photographs of modern architecture by Ezra Stoller and Julius Sherman, and international photographic campaigns from Art on File

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres | Napoleon on His Imperial Throne | 1806 | Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes |  Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y. | Photo Credit: Erich Lessing/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.


  • A broad range of collections in art, ranging from ancient to contemporary, from leading museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Foundation, SFMOMA, Berlin State Museums, the National Gallery in London, and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux
  • Rich Islamic art offerings like the Doris Duke Foundation’s Shangri La and Jonathan Bloom and Shelia Blair’s documentary photographs
Philippe Halsman | ITALY. La Vigna. 1955. Dutch actress Audrey HEPBURN posing for a LIFE Magazine cover image. | 1955 | Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos | ©Philippe Halsman / Magnum Photos

Multidisciplinary topics

Scores of collections in a far-reaching variety of subjects, including:

  • Iconic images of world events from Magnum Photos
  • Fashion images from Condé Nast
  • Cartoons from The New Yorker

Find what you’re looking for

  • Keyword Search: Simply enter your keyword(s) in the search box and click Go.
  • Advanced Search: You can create your query by refining your search by keyword, date or date range, geography, classification, and/or collection.
  • Faceted Search: When you run a keyword search, options will appear along with your search results page. You can filter your results by one of 16 Artstor classifications, geographical area or country, and date range.
  • Browse: Browsing allows you to navigate through Artstor's categories to find images of interest. Users can browse by Collection, Classification, and Geography.

Go further with our helpful tools

  • View: Enlarge, pan, and rotate.
  • Organize: Create image groups and share them with others at your institution, write group descriptions, build presentations, and more. Export to PowerPoint, Offline Image Viewer, export citations.
  • Print: You can print an image, its descriptive data, and a brief copyright statement. You can also print a detail by zooming and panning within the image.
  • Download: You can download images and image details when logged into your Artstor user account, as well as groups of up to 150 images as zipped files or PowerPoint presentations.
  • Share: Generate URLs for individual images or image groups to share with others at your institution. Instructors can create folders and image groups that can be accessed and/or edited by students who are granted permission.
  • Mobile: Search, browse, and view previously created image groups on iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Android-powered devices.

Made with schools and libraries in mind

Diego Rivera, Reading Lesson, 1932, Smith College Museum of Art. ©2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New YorkDiego Rivera, Reading Lesson, 1932, Smith College Museum of Art. ©2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


  • Integrates with your institution’s LMS.
  • Discoverable through the Primo Central Index, EBSCO Discovery Service™, Paratext’s 19th Century Masterfile, and Serials Solutions®’ Summon™ service. 


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