|Giuseppe Castiglione, View of the Grand Salon Carré in the Louvre (detail). 1861, oil on canvas. Louvre.|
This resource list is a collection of searchable image databases of artworks. The links listed here include excellent resources for the study of art history (not only the 18th century!)
As more institutions begin to digitize their collections, you will notice the number of individual and aggregated databases increase as well as the quality of images and record details.
Please send suggestions for other image databases to me at:
Image Databases (subscription)
Oxford Art Online (Image Search)
Oxford Art online gives users access to more than 40,000 image links and 5,500 images contained within Grove Art Online, as well as access to more than 5,000 entries and 500 images from the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.
Image Databases (non-subscription)
The museum’s search feature is based on the ‘simple search’ idea, one search bar for all terms. Results may include full view images and detail images, captions from displays, artist info and dates. If you are are looking for a more traditional search function, you can access their database interface here: http://search.getty.edu/gateway/search?q=&cat=source&f=%22J.+Paul+Getty+Museum%22&dir=s&rows=10&srt=a&dsp=0&img=0&pg=1
There is also a guided advanced search feature allows you to find artwork by artist, title, or subject, or by certain attributes such as style, genre, theme, or date.
This database has over 100,000 images and a great advanced search feature.
This free multi-media database, based at the University of Oxford, offers open-source, high quality images of archaeological sites, with buildings and art, covering the areas of the former Roman empire which later came under Islamic rule, such as Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa and Spain.