LUNA is the main database for teaching art at UChicago. The Art History Department Image Collection is the VRC’s primary repository for images scanned and cataloged in-house by instructor and student request. In addition, the VRC hosts several dedicated collections of locally created content, and licensed collections are also available through the LUNA platform.

To access LUNA, visit and login with your CNetID and password.

LUNA allows users to search image collections, manipulate images, and create image-based presentations that are ideal for classroom and professional use. Zoom in to see details of high-resolution images, create groups of images for later reference, and quickly share your content with others. Individual images can be exported for use in presentation software and entire groups of images can be exported directly into PowerPoint.

LUNA searches for the exact wording entered into the search bar (rather than broadening and editing the term, like a Google search would). Misspellings, alternate punctuation or spacing, and wording can lead to different results. Users can propose edits or corrections to be made to the records by emailing Please consult the VRC’s Subject Language Guide to view up-to-date alternatives to outdated language as it relates to art.  

Select Collections in LUNA

Archivision—84,000+ images of world architecture. In addition, Italian Art Module A and Italian Art Module B each contain more than 3,000 photographs of art in situ from Italian cultural institutions.
Bridgeman Art Library—14,000+ images, primarily from French institutions, made available in LUNA thanks to the generous support of The Women’s Board
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection—more than 40,000 high-resolution images of maps from David Rumsey’s collection
Georg Stahl Mural Collection—publicly available collection of more than 600 photos of Chicago murals from the 1970s
Joel Snyder Materials Collection—a teaching collection of art historical objects, materials, and tools that are available for instructor and student handling from the VRC. Online access to the physical collection is provided through LUNA.
Lantern Slide Collection—publicly available collection of 2,000+ images scanned from the Department of Art History’s lantern slide collection
Middle East Photo Archive—publicly available collection of more than 400 19th century photographs of the Middle East

Neubauer Collegium Exhibition Archive—collection of installation and exhibition opening photographs from the Neubauer Collegium’s exhibitions program
Open Practice Committee Archive—collection of more than 60 video recordings from of lectures, conversations, and performances since OPC’s inception in 2007
Postcard Collection of Colonial Korea—nearly 9,000 postcards of Korea from the first half of the 20th century
Public Art Workshop Mural Archive—publicly available collection of almost 400 images of murals and public projects of the Public Art Workshop, along with documentation of the workshop’s activities and images of other murals created in Chicago from the late 1960s to the early 1980s
Robert Sengstacke Photography Archive—publicly available collection of more than 5,000 images from South Side photojournalist Bobby Sengstacke’s negative collection
The Renaissance Society Archive—installation and exhibition photos from the Renaissance Society
Saskia—30,000 core art history images from over one hundred museums
Smart Museum of Art—images from the fine arts museum of the University of Chicago

Smart Museum of Art Exhibition Archive—collection of exhibition files from the Smart Museum’s exhibition program
South Side Community Art Center—publicly available collection of images from Chicago’s South Side Community Art Center
University of Chicago Map Collection—more than 700 images from the Library’s Map Collection
UChicago Public Art Collection and Archive—images and archival documents from the Smart Museum related to campus public art

Consult the Collections Development Policy for further details on building the image collection. 

Header image: Cochrane-Woods Art Center, photograph by David Hartt, 2015.
In-line image: Georg Stahl, photograph of Mitchell Caton’s nation time, in progress with artist, 1971.