Artstor allows you to search over 270 collections from the world's museums, archives, libraries, artists, and scholars all in one place.
There are different ways you can search for content in Artstor:
Browsing is a great way to serendipitously discover images. If you are not sure what you are looking for you can browse images by:
Search for a keyword such as “dress” or “bowl.” You can then filter your results by geography, classification, and date--or search within your results for additional terms to further narrow your results.
Use advanced search when you know what you are looking for. Select one or several keywords, such as an artist’s name or a specific work, and choose which metadata fields you would like to search (default is to search all fields).
If you are looking for works from a specific period and location, you can conduct an advanced search without keywords and limit by date, geography, and classification. For example, if you are looking for paintings from the Italian Renaissance, you could conduct the following search:
The search results will include all the paintings in Artstor created by Italian artists between 1400 and 1600. You can link to your search results by copying the URL for the search from your browser's address bar. The URL for this search would be: http://library.artstor.org/#/search/*;startDate=1400;endDate=1600;geography=1000080;classification=401010
You can limit your search to specific data fields such as title, creator, material, and culture using the dropdown menu to the right of each search term.
Click on a thumbnail in your search results to view an image. On the detail page you can zoom and pan, view the image full screen, and compare it with other images.
You can compare up to 10 images at once using our comparison mode. You may want to use this feature when presenting in the classroom or conducting research for a paper.
You may compare images from a set of search results, an image group, or a collection page:
Next, view the image in fullscreen mode:
Next, select "Compare" in the upper right corner. In the panel on the right, you may select up to 10 images from your search results, image groups, or collection page to view at once.
Clicking "Compare" in the upper right a second time will hide the image thumbnail panel. To exit comparison mode, select "Exit."
You can download images from Artstor as long as you are logged in with your registered account. You may download the entire image or a zoomed detail of the image.
To download a full image, open the image detail page of the image you would like to download. Select the "Download" button on the left, then "Download File."
TIP: to get the highest possible resolution of a detail in your slide deck, download the zoomed detail or save the detail to your group before downloading to PowerPoint.
To download a zoomed detail, start by zooming in on the detail you would like to download. Select the "Download" button on the left, then "Download View."
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