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Overview: What is ARTstor?


ARTstor is a digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

The ARTstor Digital Library is used by educators, scholars, and students at a variety of institutions including universities, colleges, museums, public libraries, and K-12 schools. The Digital Library serves users both within the arts and in disciplines outside of the arts. This includes historians of art and architecture and others engaged in the visual arts, as well as individuals in fields as diverse as American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Literary Studies, Medieval Studies, Music, Religious Studies, and Renaissance Studies, all of whom find the images in ARTstor to be relevant to their teaching and research. To learn more, please see our section on Interdisciplinary uses.

Institutions typically enter a site-wide license with ARTstor through their library. Access is granted through IP authentication. Site licenses to ARTstor allow unlimited number of simultaneous users to access the Digital Library, both on-site and remotely via username/password. In addition, institutions have access to a dedicated support team and on-line training.

In ARTstor you can:

  • Browse content by collection, classification, or geography
  • Search content by keyword or advanced search terms (e.g., date and geographic origin)
  • Sort search results by date, creator, or title
  • View images and image data
  • Zoom in on and pan images for greater detail
  • Print and save images and related data to other hardware (e.g. CD, memory stick, hard drive)
  • Create groups of images for later retrieval and presentation
  • Organize image groups into shared folders
  • Direct other ARTstor users to images or image groups
  • Upload personal images and sound files to the ARTstor platform
  • Export images and image groups to ARTstor's Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool
  • Save citations for images or image groups, and email or print these, as well as export them directly into EndNote, ProCite, RefWorks, Reference Manager, or a text file

Overview: What is ARTstor?

ARTstor Collection news

Now available: More architecture from the Ezra Stoller Archive (Esto)
A new release of more than 7,100 images from the Ezra Stoller Archive (Esto) is now available in the ARTstor Digital Library.
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Now available: More images from the Asian Art Photographic Distribution (AAPD) (University of Michigan)
ARTstor has recently added the final images from the University of Michigan’s Asian Art Photographic Distribution (AAPD) collection in the Digital Library, bringing the collection total to approximately 9,600 images of Chinese painting, sculpture, and decorative arts and Japanese painting and prints.
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Now available: Additional Mark Rothko paintings
An additional 55 images from the Rothko Family Collections are now available in the Digital Library. These new images consist of Mark Rothko’s paintings from the 1930s and 1940s.
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Now available: Yao ceremonial artifacts from Ohio University
Ohio University has shared approximately 2,800 images of art works and objects created by the Yao people, an ethnic minority from northern Vietnam, which are now available in ARTstor.
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Now available: Final images from Canyonlights World Art Image Bank
Approximately 2,200 additional images from Canyonlights World Art Image Bank are now available in the ARTstor Digital Library.
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