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Artstor is a digital library of over 2 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 library is constantly growing with new collections added monthly, continually expanding areas of reference and study. All images are accompanied by comprehensive metadata and are rights-cleared for educational use. Detailed Artstor-produced Library Guides
are available as well as a Artstor-produced Library Guide for Copyright and Image Use in the Artstor Digital Library
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.
Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage.
Using Advanced & Experimental Google Image Searching
Google Arts & Culture
Explore collections from around the world with Google Arts & Culture, created by Google Cultural Institute.
Google Arts & Culture Experiments
Try out experiments at the crossroads of art and technology, created by artists and creative coders with Google Arts & Culture.
Google Advanced Image Searching
Allows users to narrow by image size, aspect ratio, colors in the images retrieved, type of image, region, site/domain, file type and usage rights along with enabling SafeSearch function.
Find images on Google that you can reuse
Filter your results to find images, videos, or text that you have permission to use. This is helpful when you're working on a project for publication. Use an Advanced Search filter called “usage rights” that lets you know when you can use, share, or modify something you find online.
Google Reverse Image Search
Four ways to search by image via Google: Drag and drop, upload an image, copy and paste the URL for an image, right-click an image on the web (requires Chrome extension).
For Fun! Image Searching by Color & More!
Google Art Palette Experiment
A color analysis algorithm based on thousands of artworks is used to extract the five hues that define them. Upload an image or take a photo with your phone. Art Palette can analyze your input image–using the same color analysis algorithm–and display all the paintings or sculptures that match. There’s also an option to choose a custom palette, using a color picker that appears on the top of the interface.
Google Curator Table Experiment
Use the Curator’s table to discover new insights and connections between artworks. (Available on desktop only.)
MulticolorEngine: Searching for Images by Color
Tin Eye Labs extracted the colors from 20 million Creative Commons images on Flickr to make the images searchable by color.
MulticolorEngine: Color Extraction
Upload an image, paste an image URL or use drag and drop to extract the colors from your image. MulticolorEngine will display a color palette for all the colors identified in your image. Color extraction works for JPEGs, PNGs, and GIFs.