Artstor: An Overview
The Artstor Digital Library is an image database where you can find more than 2 million images from the world's museums, archives, libraries, and scholars for use in research across subject areas. There are many different ways you can search for content in Artstor, including:
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
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.
Browsing is a great way to serendipitously discover images. If you are not sure what you are looking for you can browse images by:
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.
This guide provides broad knowledge about the Artstor Digital Library's content and features in order to help you get the most out of the Digital Library, including:
Thanks to Artstor for this guide's content.