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Welcome to All Things Visual, the official site of the Visual Resources Center (VRC) in The University of Chicago’s Department of Art History and Division of the Humanities.


What We Do

The Visual Resources Center helps instructors and their students find, create, and use images. If you don’t find what you need on our site or have news to share on our visual resources blog, please let us know. Enjoy!


The mission of the Visual Resources Center is to support the Department of Art History and The University of Chicago Division of the Humanities through the expert provision and development of high-quality visual resources for the study and teaching of Art History and the Humanities.

History of Our Collections

Established in 1902 alongside the Department of Art History, the Visual Resources Center began as an extensive collection of glass lantern slides. During the second half of the 20th century, the Art History Department Slide Library evolved into a collection of over 350,000 35mm slides. Now an all-digital operation, the Visual Resources Center collections comprise nearly 400,000 digital images. Coverage ranges from prehistoric to contemporary time periods and includes painting, sculpture, decorative arts, architecture, film stills, and didactic materials, to name a few. Visit our Find Images page to view and download images.

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