Makes available free of charge images and digital objects to which the Academy holds the rights to scholars, educators, and the general public. Images may be downloaded and freely used for personal, educational and scholarly, non-commercial purposes. High resolution images are made selectively available on request.
Images of art and architecture from Southeast and South Asia, the Himalayan region and Indonesia. After creating a free account, low-res images suitable for PowerPoint presentations may be downloaded freely for educational purposes.
Dr. Ann-Marie Koblauch's research slides of the Ancient Greek work. The collection comprises sites that are not frequently published. From Virginia Tech, available through JSTOR. Permission required to publish.
Images taken or collected by art historian Allan T. Kohl. Copyright either belongs to Kohl or is in the public domain. Images may be used freely for teaching purposes. Particularly helpful for ancient and medieval art.
Collection of digital photographs from many different contributors. Images may be used for free for educational purposes (with credit). For publication, rights may be negotiated with the individual photographer. Also a good site for information about the structures.
Digital collection of images relating to California, including architecture, art, historical photographs, etc. from California institutions. May be used freely for educational purposes, obtain permission for publication and other uses.
Repository for digital content created by member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois. Each collection has its own licensing requirements. Check the record for the image you want to download. Many are free to use.
Public domain images are freely available in high resolution for both commercial and non-commercial uses. Images still under copyright are available online for study purposes and metadata only may be downloaded.
Images from the Susan H. Douglas Collection of American campaign memorabilia from 1789 to 1960. May be used freely for "private study, scholarship or research" but permission must be obtained for any other uses.
The CC Search tool automatically filters your search to find Creative Commons licensed resources that you can share, use, and remix. However -- Do not assume that all of the results displayed are under a CC license. Always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link.
Includes images of all types from libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural institutions (including the Boston Public Library). Images are free to use, though permission must be obtained from any other copyright owners if the works are not in the public domain.
Emphasis on but not limited to early America. Image resources and digitized books, including botanical and zoological illustration, ceramics, and more. Images may be used freely for educational purposes. For other uses, contact the University of Wisconsin Library.
Collaboration of Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Images may be freely used for non-commercial purposes with attribution. Commercial use may be licensed for a fee.
Commercial site of stock photography. As of March 2014, images will be available for free if used in an open-embed program that gives credit to the source. Not to be confused with the Getty Museum and Institute.
High resolution images of works from the Getty that are in the public domain and may be used freely. Recent additions include Max Hutzel Photographs of Art and Architecture in Italy and 15th through 18th century tapestries.
Archive of images from the premiere American popular magazine of the 20th century. Millions of historic photographs from the magazine, most never published. Freely available although site states that images may be subject to copyright. Proceed with caution.
LACMA now allows the free download without restriction of high resolution images believed to be in the public domain. Free images contain a link that says "Download Image." Images with copyright protection contain the link "Order photography" instead.
From the Netherlands Institute in Instanbul. Pertaining mainly to Ottoman architecture of the Balkans, photographed from the 1960s to 1990s. Images may be used freely in publications with proper credit given. Higher resolution images may be obtained by writing to the archive.
"The Smithsonian's National Numismatic Collection...contains objects that represent every inhabited continent and span more than three thousand years of human history." Available via Creative Commons license through JSTOR.
"The National Portrait Gallery now provides free downloads of a large range of images from its Collection for academic and non-commercial projects through a new web-site facility. Over 53,000 low-resolution images will now be available free of charge to non-commercial users through a standard 'Creative Common' license and over 87,000 high-resolution images will also be available free of charge for academic uses through the Gallery's own licences."
Images may be downloaded and used for educational purposes freely without fees or permissions. Not all material on the site is accessible, however, and the interface makes it difficult to just find the image collections.
"The use of materials displayed on the museum's websites is authorized exclusively for non-commercial purposes...Images can be used for educational, cultural, and scientific purposes." Must obtain permission for publication.
Fascinating blog about historical photographs with fantastic, high resolution images. Selected smaller size images may be downloaded for non-commercial use. Large size tiffs may be purchased for commercial use.
"The State Hermitage permits the use of the pictures of items from its collections and also the views of its buildings and halls that are published on the website for personal, educational and information purposes." Permission must be obtained for publication.
Available from the British Library on Flickr Commons. Includes 40,000 maps, architectural drawings, and more. All are in the public domain and free to use. To search the collection, copy its main tag into the search box and add your specific search terms.
Commercial vendor that works with museums, galleries, collection and artists to provide art images for reproduction purposes. They now have an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Culture to cover all 439 Italian state-owned museums for image licensing.
"The Lensmen Collection, licensed to Irish Photo Archive, is a unique collection of almost 3.5 million old Irish photos and historical images and offers a fascinating insight into Irish life over the last six decades." Irish historical images and documents available for licensing.
"The NYC Municipal Archives Digital Collections website provides access to more than 1,600,000 items from the Municipal Archives' vast holdings, including photographs, maps, blueprints, motion-pictures and audio recordings." Prints may be purchased. Permission must be obtained and licensing fees paid for publication.
"The Obsidian Collection is a user-friendly, virtual portal for Black culture providing access to images of historical, artistic and cultural significance gathered from Black newspapers, photographers, archives and community groups from around the country. These images are available for licensing and permissions to tell our stories." Note: images are watermarked.
Over 100,000 photographs of British paintings, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, sketchbooks, and exhibitions. More than 44,000 of the images are available for non-commercial re-use with a Creative Commons license.
"Provides free worldwide access to a wealth of scholarly research and documentation related to artworks by Robert Rauschenberg in SFMOMA's permanent collection." Includes downloadable images for educational use. Licensing fees and permissions are needed for publication and reproduction.
Commercial distributor of high quality art and architecture images from a number of vendors. Images may be purchased for teaching or publication. Brown professors may request that images be purchased for the Instructional Image Collection.