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Art & Art History: Find Images

Resources in support of Clemson's studio arts degree programs and General Education art/architecture survey courses

Find Images in Licensed Subscriptions

As more art journals 'go digital', it's getting easier to find reliable images online via Clemson University Libraries subscriptions. The quality of online images varies, however: 'born digital' quality is better than PDFs, which are typically compressed images of scans from print originals. The higher the rate of image compression, the greater the sacrifice in image quality.

To locate art journals in your area of interest, use the Clemson Libraries Basic Search page, enter your search term (e.g., photography, ceramics, painting) as "Subject," then select "Electronic Resources" from the dropdown menu on the right. In the results list, look for your subject heading followed by "--Periodicals" and click on that link.


Ceramics - Periodicals

Photography - Periodicals

Drawing - Periodicals

Painting - Periodicals

Sculpture - Periodicals

Select an appropriate journal title from your results and click through to an interface that allows you to search within the journal's contents, usually marked by the phrase "Search within this publication" or "Search within this journal."

Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture : art images and curated exhibitions from over 1000 partner museums and archives worldwide. High resolution images, zoomable. Many searchable facets.

Most images on this site are copyrighted. Users agree to comply with Google's Terms of Service.

Creative Commons images on FLICKR®

flickr logo &  creative commons logo

Use the flickr® Advanced Search page to search for images by keyword combination. Each search result includes "License" information to the lower right of the image. Use the delimiter at the bottom of the advanced search page to restrict your results to Creative Commons images (meaning images the creators have opted to release for public use). Before using CC images, though, make sure you understand the categories and types of licenses. Attribution is a basic requirement for all images.

LIFE Magazine Photo Archive

LIFE logo Search millions of images from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Hosted by Google.

Search tip : Add "source:life" to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive. For example: computer source:life

Key Image Resources at Clemson

Open-Access Art History Image Collections

"Open access" availability does not mean that the images in these collections are in the public domain--rather, it refers to their accessibility for research and educational purposes. For copyright and use restrictions, locate and read the image use policy for each collection.

Art Links in the World

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