Finding Images – Recommended Sources for Digital Images on the Web

Rule of thumb for digital images for projection – minimum size of a CLEAR image is 1024 x 768 pixels (ppi) for XGA display mode projectors, 1280 x 1024 for SXGA – PAY ATTENTION TO SIZE ON WEB!


Bucknell-Only Access: BAIRD (Bucknell Art Image Reference Database) –

Must be searching from a campus location to access this resource; click on each image for larger size(s)
Visual Resource Center (choose “Search the Image Database”)

For assistance, contact Amy Golder-Cooper in the Art Department Visual Resource Center.



Bertrand Library subscribes to ARTstor, an image subscription service. 

From, register using your Bucknell email address (must be from a campus location to download images). 
From here you can save groups of images or download images to use in a PowerPoint presentation.  For assistance, contact the Bertrand Library Reference Desk.



Bertrand Library Image Collection, via Fedora Database
(wider access to some collections available on-site at the Bertrand Library – see Library ASK Desk for assistance)
Humanities Collection contains sampling from all genres; go to:
Library and Information Technology site, Library, under Collections list,
Digital Projects and Collections




Web Gallery of Art –

Mostly Renaissance through Rococo





Find works of art by Artist, Title or Museum/Repository




American Memory – Photography Project of the American Government, mostly Depression-era

Library of Congress

Artchive – Works of Art Mostly from Museum Sites, searchable by artist or title

Library of University of California Images

Art History Resources on the Web (Sweet Briar College)

Mother of All Art & Art History Links Page
(another image site finding aid)

Art Resource (fine art stock photo archive for publication)

Museums and the Online Archive of

ArtServe (Australian National University)

National Gallery of Art

Cities/Buildings Database (University of

New York Public Library Picture Collection

Digital Archive of Architecture (Boston College)

PhotoGraphic Libraries -
Finding Aid for photographs


Digital Imaging Project (Bluffton College)

Smithsonian Institution

Google (Select Images Tab)  (Keep in mind optimal size and quality of images if needed for projection)

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) – includes project, Photographic Portraits of American Artists:

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco ImageBase

STOA, scholars’ consortium of images of the classical world, free use for educational purposes


Foto Marburg/Bildarchiv der Kunst und

World Art Kiosk (California State University)

Plus most museums now have searchable collections with larger digital images on their own web sites


BU VRC 9/29/11 - Based on list assembled by Maureen Burns, UC Irvine