LUNA Digital Image Collections

Search over 340,000 images, including:

  • Images from the Saskia Gardner's Art through the Ages art history set.
  • The AMICA Library, which contains over 95,000 works of art from the collections of contributing museums.
  • Architectural photographs, gardens and landscapes, political Americana, historical maps, fashion plate collections and much more.

Additional Digital Image Collections

Art Images for College Teaching (AICT)

  • A personal, non-profit project of its author, art historian and visual resources curator Allan T. Kohl.
  • Images have been photographed on location by the author, who consents to their use in any application that is both educational and non-commercial in nature.

Artstor Public Collections

  • More than 1 million image, video, document, and audio files from public institutional collections freely available to everyone.
  • Eclectic collections that fall into a multitude of categories, including special collections, faculty research and fieldwork, and museum and gallery collections.


  • Database comprised of a growing collection of over 50,000 artworks and 11,000 artists from hundreds of galleries, museums and foundations.
  • More than 25,000 images are currently in the public domain, and available for download for teaching and research purposes.

The British Museum Online Collection

  • Almost 800,000 records in this database have images available for research purposes, some with multiple views.
  • A free digital image service is available by selecting the “Use Image” option and registering for an account.


  • CalPhotos is a collection of over 500,000 photos of plants, animals, fossils, people, and landscapes from around the world.
  • Includes images from The Manzanita Project, a curated collection of natural images from the California Academy of Sciences Library.

California State Library Picture Catalog Collections

  • Search a selection of photographs and historic images from the California State Library's rich collections of photographs, prints, drawings, and sheet music.

Digital Imaging Project, Bluffton University

  • Historical images of sculpture and architecture, from pre-historic to post-modern, photographed by Mary Ann Sullivan, Professor Emerita of English and Art History, Bluffton University.

Digital Scriptorium

  • Image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts from the holdings of different institutions for teaching and scholarly research.


  • Explore millions of digital resources from Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections, including images, texts, sound, and videos.

Flickr Commons

  • Access to hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives.
  • You're invited to help describe the photographs you discover, either by adding tags or leaving comments.


  • Free stock photography database with access to hundreds of thousands of high-quality, handpicked stock photos and graphics.
  • Activation of a personal membership account is required for full access but there is no cost to join.

George Eastman House Photography Collections Online

  • A steadily growing digital image sampler and browsing resource for the vast photography holdings of George Eastman House.

Getty Search Gateway

  • Search across several of the Getty repositories, including collections databases, library catalogs, collection inventories, and archival finding aids.
  • Thousands of images are now available without restrictions and free of charge through the Open Content Program.

Google’s Art Project

  • A collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums enables people to view artwork online in extraordinary detail.
  • Virtually move around the museum’s galleries using Google’s Street View technology.

Google LIFE Photo Archive

  • Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.

The Internet Archive

  • Provides access to a wide variety of texts, audio, moving images, software, and archived web pages.
  • Special projects include the Wayback Machine, Open Library, and the Live Music Archive.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

  • More than 20,000 high quality images currently in the public domain and available for download.

Library of Congress American Memory Project

  • Free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog

  • Contains digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and other units of the Library of Congress.

National Gallery of Art: NGA Images

  • NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.
  • More than 20,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

  • Includes free and open access to over 700,000 images.
  • Includes illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

Rijks Studio

  • High-resolution and copyright-free images of 125,000 pieces of artwork that can be downloaded for free for creative use.
  • Users can choose to download entire images or just details of works, and save sets of images.

Shared Shelf Commons

  • A free, open-access collection of images from libraries, archives, and museums around the world.

Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center

  • Search thousands of images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives & libraries.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

  • Search over 370,000 images from this world-renowned museum of art and design.
  • Many images can be downloaded after registering for a free account.

Visual Arts Data Services (VADS)

  • Contains over 100,000 images that are copyright cleared for educational and research usage.
  • Images are organized into 44 distinct collections that range from textiles to graphic design to photography.

The Walters Art Museum

  • Thousands of high-quality digital images available for download from the museum’s collection of world art.

Wikimedia Commons

  • Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content, including images, sound and video clips.

World Digital Library

  • The World Digital Library (WDL) makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures from around the world on one site.

Yale Digital Content

  • Search 250,000 digital assets from Yale's collections of art, natural history, books, and maps, as well as photos, audio, and video.

Copyright and Usage Guidelines

The websites listed on this page are for reference and research purposes only.

Usage guidelines vary widely by resource. Some images are open-access and free to use, while others may require a licensing fee. It is every student’s ethical responsibility to evaluate the usage guidelines when choosing to reproduce any image to avoid copyright violation.

Respect the intellectual property of others and use your best judgment when deciding to reproduce an image, and always credit your source!

How-To Guide: Image Citation

The majority of departments at the Academy of Art University follow the Modern Language Association (MLA) format for research papers. This How-To Guide (PDF) provides explanations and examples based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition. For information on citing images in APA and Chicago styles, please see the citation information on the Library's Research Process Guide.

Image Research Help

Do you need help finding specific images in LUNA or on the Web, but can't make it to the library to talk to the Visual Resources Librarian? Submit your question and our Visual Resources Librarian will get back to you, usually within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.

How to Find Images

This guide will help you get started finding images using the Academy of Art University's digital image collection, free image resources on the Internet, and physical image resources in the library.

Additional Image Resources

Looking for even more subject-specific image resources? Be sure to check out our Research Guides! The research guides were created by Academy of Art University Librarians to help students find some of the most valuable resources for their major, including image websites.