Did you know? ARTstor offers Images for Academic Publishing, allowing you to publish high-quality images in non-commercial publications (including websites) according to terms & conditions set by contributing museums.
The Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program makes available publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications free of charge. The IAP program was initiated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007 to help address the challenges of scholarly publishing in the digital age by providing free images for academic publications through an automated Web-based service. IAP is now available as an optional service to all museums who wish to foster scholarly publications.
To find these images, add IAP to your search string. You can also browse by collection here.
Above image: Hat, Day by Sally Victor, 1944. Image Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Brooklyn Museum Costumes.
Are you hungry for high quality, publishable images to use in your dissertation or manuscript? Trying to avoid expensive licensing fees? Not sure what images are in the public domain?
If so, consider the following resources for copyright-free or copyright-lenient images. Most image sites include both high and low resolution images, with high quality TIFFs available upon request. Please note that each resource/institution may have specific requirements for attribution or limits on print runs. When in doubt, contact the institution before using the images in your publication.
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General Resources and Guides
Museum Image Resources
Image Resources by Subject
- Index of Christian Art: Romanesque
- Index of Christian Art: Lois Drewer Database
- International Society for the Study of Pilgrimage Art: Peregrinations Photo-bank
Royalty-Free Images (One-time Fee)
Are you publishing your work and beginning to contemplate copyright? If you’re not sure where to start, Vassar College provides an excellent website with information about asking for permission to use a variety of media. They also have a page specifically about requests to use images.