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A Master Course Guide for IUB

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Image Resources - Islamic Art

Image Resources

Digital Images Sources - Free for Academic/Scholarly Use

The following institutions provide license and royalty-free access to images for scholarly purposes, including publication in scholarly journals.

  • The British Museum- The free digital image service is managed by usage rather than user. The British Museum offers non-exclusive licenses to use the selected material free of charge.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum- Free high resolution image download is determined by usage rather than user. A non-exclusive license is granted to use the selected material free of charge.
  • The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Image Library- A growing body of high resolution images (between 10–40 MB) from LACMA's collection which are believed to be in the public domain—available without restriction, free of charge.
  • National Gallery, London - As part of its on-going commitment to support scholarship and encourage research into the nation’s collection of Old Master paintings, the National Gallery, London is pleased to be able to waive image reproduction charges for scholarly publications including academic books and journals, student theses and academic presentations or lectures.
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) - Through NGA Images, the National Gallery of Art implements an open access policy for digital images of works of art that the Gallery believes to be in the public domain. Images of these works are now available free of charge for any use, commercial or non-commercial.
  • The Walters Art Museum- Images of objects from the Walters' collections are available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
  • Yale University Art Museums - Provides license- and royalty free access to digital images of public domain materials in all Yale collections. Open Access materials may be used by anyone for any purpose. This is not restricted to scholarly uses only.
  • The Getty - The Open Content Program makes available (without charge) any content to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain. No permission required. 
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Provides images at no cost to scholars via ARTstor's existing infrastructure, through the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program. (see below for link to ARTstor)

Find more free image sources and rights clearing agencies at:

Image Databases

For more help with image research, see the Finding Digital Images Guide