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Anonymous. Namban (Southern Barbarians). Mamoyama period, late 16th century. Pair of screens. 152.4 x 363.8 cm. (each screen). The Art Institute of Chicago, Robert Endowment Fund, Illinois, USA. From: ARTstor Digital Library, (accessed January 27, 2020).


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Explore these databases for photographs, illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, and much more.

General - Citing Images

Include the following information:

  • Creator's Name (last name first)
  • Title (italicized)
  • Medium
  • Measurements
  • Source (website) which houses the image


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For your Bibliography...

Cézanne, Paul. Bathers, 1874-1875.  Oil on canvas, 38.1cm x 46cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Available from: ARTstor, (access January 11, 2012).


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For a Caption...

Adolphe-Félix Cals. Still Life with Vegetables, Partridge and a Jug, 1858. Oil on fabric, 49.5cm x 61cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland.   Available from: ARTstor, (accessed January 11, 2012). 


MLA Style Guides

The MLA Handbook (2016) is available in print on reserve in the Library - 3 hour reserve LB 2369 G53 2016

If you do not have your own copy, there are some options for accessing guides online!

Citing an image in MLA Style:

Provide the artist's name, the title of the artwork in italics, and the date of composition. Finally, provide the name of the institution that houses the artwork followed by the location of the institution (if the location is not listed in the name of the institution, e.g. The Art Institute of Chicago).

e.g. Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

or if it was reproduced online or in a book:

Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Gardener's Art Through the Ages,        10th ed., by Richard G. Tansey and Fred S. Kleiner, Harcourt Brace, p. 939.

Source and more information:


Chicago Style Guide

How to cite scholarly sources (books, articles, etc.)

Chicago Style Quick Guide

A great resource for most frequently used citations (eg. Book with one author, Article in an online journal).


How to cite images/ photographs:

Images must be cited with creator, title, and date as available, but the nature of these sources requires that you also provide medium, dimensions, physical location, and where the image was accessed (book/ website):


Footnote/ endnote: 3. Firstname Lastname, Title, date, medium, height × width × depth (unit conversion), physical location, accessed from book/ website (date accessed, if website).

Bibliography/ references: Lastname, Firstname. Title. Date. Medium, height × width × depth (unit conversion). Physical location. Accessed from book/ website (date accessed, if website).



Rogier van der Weyden, Saint Catherine of Alexandria. 1430-1432, Diptych panel, 18.5 x 12 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Available from: ARTstor, (accessed September 30. 2009).

Caravaggio, The Denial of Saint Peter. Early 15th century. Oil on canvas, 94 x 125.4 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (accessed September 29, 2009).

Alice Neel, Nancy and the Rubber Plant. 1975, Oil on canvas, 203.2 x 91.4 cm. The Estate of Alice Neel. From: Alice Neel. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Plate 64.


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Sanchez, Carlos, Jason Sanchez. 8 Years Old. 2010. Chromogenic print. 61 × 86 cm (24 × 33 7/8 in.). J. Paul Getty Museum, NY. From: The J. Paul Getty Museum, (accessed January, 21, 2020).