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ARTH 3190: Egyptian Art: Finding images

Using ARTstor


Artstor is an online database of over a million high-quality digital images, most from museum collections. Each image contains descriptive data such as its date, medium, dimensions, and current location, making it an ideal tool for art historians!

Tips on using Artstor

  1. Use the simple search box on the home screen or any results page. Link variables of the same place name with OR to get more results (ex.: Egypt or Egyptian), or use an asterisk (*) for truncation (ex.: Egypt* would find records that use either "Egypt" or "Egyptian" in their descriptions; paint* would find "painting," "painter," etc.).
  2. Use the date slider after doing a search if you need to narrow it.
  3. You can also narrow by geography - choose "Egypt."

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ARTstor results page highlighting different features

4. Click on the title of an image to view its full details - title, description, dates, location, dimensions, etc. If you have double-clicked to open the object, you can click on the "i" icon at the bottom to see this information. Double-click on an image to open it. This is the hardest thing to get used to about ARTstor! Double-clicking will open a large version and give you the option to download it.

5. You need to register for an ARTstor account in order to download and save images.

Museum collections online

One way to learn more about an artwork is to look for it on the website of the museum that owns it (something you can learn from its ARTstor record!). The museum's website is likely to have descriptive information about the object, an essay, and/or references to items published about the work.

The museums below may be good places to find Ancient Egyptian artworks.