Image Research

This list contains links to image databases that may be related to your research at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and that keep with high standards of academic and visual content. To view this list with descriptions of each databases please click here.

Many museums and institutions are creating rich databases of their collections which often include high quality images and descriptions of works owned.  We have listed some of these collection databases here, but if you are doing object research on a work housed in another museum, be sure to check their website for a collection search/database.


Image Databases

Subscription Image Databases



Oxford Art Online (Image Search).

Image Databases (free)

American Memory from the Library of Congress Online

Art Resource


Arts Council Collection

The British Museum Collection Database

Connecticut College Art Collections

Digital South Asia Library, Images section  

The Getty Research Institute

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

The J. Paul Getty Museum  

Kyoto National Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


National Gallery   

National Gallery of Art Images 

New York Public Library Picture Collection Online

Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery

Smithsonian Archives of American Art Image Gallery

Smithsonian Collections Searching Center

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

The State Hermitage Museum  

Tate Gallery Collection

University of Michigan Museum of Art

VADS : Visual Arts Database

Victoria & Albert  

Visual Collections: images of art, history and culture  

The Web Gallery of Art 

 Wikipaintings Beta

Yale University Galleries