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Websites with images

A small selection of online image databases.

Art UK

Images of works in UK public collections.

Getty Search Gateway

The Getty Search Gateway allows users to search across several of the Getty repositories, including collections databases, library catalogs, collection inventories, and archival finding aids.

Google Arts and Culture

Explore museums and galleries using streetview, view collections, listen to audio tours, zoom into artwork, create your own image collections to share with others' online.

Life Photo Archive (hosted by Google)

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

Images of 30, 000 works of art. Online visitors can access the basic information displayed on labels accompanying works in the museum, together with authoritative commentary and analysis by the curators and staff..

Marian Goodman Gallery
Images of works by contemporary artists represented by the Gallery and exhibitions held in its Paris and New York galleries.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Database of more than 313,511 images of works in the collection.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Images of more than 75,000 works in the MOMA collection are available online.

National Portrait Gallery
Search over 210,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day.

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Online collections database of the state museums.

Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Pre-Raphaelite Collection online.

Rijks Studio
Browse 612,350 works of art in the Rijksmuseum's collection. High-resulution images which are free to download for educational purposes. Account creation is required.

L’Agence photo de la Réunion des Musées nationaux et du Grand Palais

The Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais is a photograph agency officially responsible for promoting collections of France’s national museums. For more than 60 years, the agency has carried out photography campaigns inside national museums and contains a vast number of images representing French national collections. Thumbnail search is free of charge.

Science Photo Library

Includes some royalty free images relating to areas of science & technology including environment, space, history, animals and flowers.

Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Collections Search Center is an online catalog containing most of Smithsonian major collections from our museums, archives, libraries, and research units. There are 12 million catalog records relating to areas for Art & Design, History & Culture, and Science & Technology with over 2.4 million images, videos, audio files, podcasts, blog posts and electronic journals.

Tate Online
Searchable database of images of works held at the Tate Gallery, including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives: 120,900 images.

VADS (the Visual Arts Data Service)
Visual art collections comprising over 140,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK. VADS is a service of the Centre for Digital Scholarship in the Library & Student Services department of the University for the Creative Arts.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Search 1,183,304 objects and 692,541 images from the V&A's collections.

Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art is a searchable database of European fine arts and architecture (8th-19th centuries), currently containing over 44.300 reproductions.

Wellcome Images
Explore 53,000 Artworks and Photos from the Wellcome Library collections.

The California State University IMAGE project, of around 75,000 images freely available for educational use. Subjects include 20th-century graphics and contemporary exhibitions. Most of the images are low-resolotion.