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Finding Images : Find Images

This guide will show you how to find images for coursework, teaching and/or publication.

Using ARTstor

The ARTstor collection includes over 2 million images of works of art, architecture and archaeology, along with the necessary software to view the images, create personal groups of images and create presentations.

Getting started

1. Navigate to the Penn Libraries home page.

2. Click on the "Images" tab, and then click on "ARTstor."

3. You will need to register for a free ARTstor account to download or save images and create groups.

Search the Fine Arts Library Image Collection

The Fine Arts Library Image Collection, available to all Penn students, faculty and staff, offers an expanding database of over 250,000 digital images as well as records documenting 271,000 of the slides housed in the Fisher Fine Arts Library.
The content of the database includes drawing, painting, sculpture, prints, photography, manuscripts, maps, ceramics, furniture, architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, contemporary art and more.

ARTstor search

Searching and refining in ARTstor

Searching for images in ARTstor

  • In ARTstor, you find images by searching for text in fields like subject, description, title, and creator.
  • You can start by doing a simple search, which will search for your term in every field, or refine your search by using the advanced option.
  • Try using ARTstor's suggested Wildcards to narrow down your results. 

Refining your search and viewing images

  • Your search results appear as thumbnails images, and you have several options to narrow your search results using the filters on the left of the page. 
  • Image thumbnails are also labeled with icons for further information about collections and sharing. See ARTstor's glossary of icons for help reading these. 


For more help with searching in ARTstor:

ARTstor Search Help

ARTstor Training

Image Search Engines