Q. What is Artstor?


The Artstor Digital Library is an image database featuring an unparalleled range of images from some of the world's leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists in one easily-navigated repository. It is the most comprehensive image resource available for educational and scholarly use, with many rare and important collections available nowhere else.

The library is constantly growing with new collections added monthly, continually expanding our areas of reference and study. All images are accompanied by comprehensive metadata and are rights-cleared for educational use. 

The more than two million images from 280 collections support teaching and research in nearly every topic imaginable, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Fashion & Costume, Literature, Religion, Theater, World History, and much more. Scores of images in a far-reaching variety of subjects include:

  • Art from leading museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Foundation, MoMA, Berlin State Museums, the National Gallery in London, and the Louvre 
  • Fashion from Condé Nast and costumes from the Brooklyn Museum Collection
  • Cartoons from The New Yorker and fashion plates from La Gazette du Bon Ton
  • Interactive 360-degree QTVR panoramas of world architecture and monuments from Columbia University
  • Botanical and zoological illustrations from Cook's Voyages to the South Seas collection
  • Seminal performance art videos from the Franklin Furnace Archives
  • Images of Ghiberti's newly restored Renaissance masterpiece “the Gates of Paradise”
  • Social documentary photography from Magnum Photos and Panos Pictures
  • Manuscripts and early printed books from the Bodleian Library

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  • Last Updated Apr 03, 2018
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  • Answered By Susanne Markgren

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