Visual Resources Collection

Explore resources related to finding and using images for teaching in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Includes information on using Artstor.

Artstor at JHU Quickstart Guide

Artstor: An Image Library for the Arts and Sciences

The Artstor Digital Library provides more than two million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.

Not sure what you are looking for? Artstor has an impressive list of collections available for browsing, including content from the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Getty Institute, the Illustrated Bartsch, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and the Walters Art Museum. However, Artstor’s collections go well beyond the history of art. For starters, explore the American Museum of Natural History collection, the Schlesinger History of Women in America Collection, the Vesalius Anatomical Illustrations collection, and the World War I and II Posters and Postcards collection.

New images appear in Artstor frequently. For example, the Larry Qualls Archive of Contemporary Art recently added approximately 32,000 images of contemporary art to Artstor. You can find out more about additions to Artstor by visiting the Artstor blog or by subscribing to the Artstor email list.

Public Collections On Artstor

As of June 2018, Public Collections on Artstor became accessible to anyone—subscribers and nonsubscribers alike—at When Artstor Digital Library users arrive at they are able to see the public homepage and have access to the 1.2 million images available in the Public Collections without logging in. Public collections come from institutions around the country such as the Bucknell University: Artists' Books Collection, the Cornell: Hip Hop Party and Event Flyers collection, and the Wellesley College: "Serve the People!" Images of Daily Life in China during the Cultural Revolution collection.

Public Collections on Artstor are indexed by major search engines for increased discoverability, and will be easily shareable using browser-based “clipper” tools like Evernote and Pinterest. The Artstor interface includes tools for easily generating shareable URLs and citations for item records and users can also download images and details for offline use.

For more information, see the Public Collection on Artstor help page

Accessing and Using Artstor

Access Artstor at If you are off campus, use this proxy link.

In Artstor you are able to create groups and then download the images from those groups as a ZIP file. You are also able to download a PowerPoint file created from your image groups. You are also able to download individual images or download image details.

In order to download images or PowerPoint files you will need to register for a free Artstor account if you do not already have one. 

To link to images, image groups, and collections in Artstor for both on and off campus use, follow these instructions from Artstor. Then, add the proxy address in front of the link created by Artstor: 

For example, in the case below, the link to share would be 

Share link to image group

Off campus account access to Artstor expires after 120 days. If you log into your Artstor account on a campus computer, your access will reset for another 120 days. If you are not able to come to campus, contact the VRC, and we can reset your account for 30 days. 

The Offline Image Viewer (OIV) is Artstor's offline presentation tool. If you have a question about using the OIV, contact the VRC, and check out the Artstor OIV Help page.

For more information about using Artstor, visit the Artstor support site