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.

Images from Shared Shelf Commons appear within Artstor, as well as on the Shared Shelf Commons website. Shared Shelf Commons images are free and open-access with collections 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.

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.

The New Artstor

In July 2017 Artstor launched an all new platform. Here are some of the new features:

  • Full screen IIIF image viewer with side-by-side comparison mode (IIIF, pronounced Triple-I-F, stands for International Image Interoperability Framework. There are many benefits to IIIF, including fast, rich, zoom and pan delivery of images. Visit the IIIF FAQ page for more information).
  • Simplified image group sharing
  • Advanced search no longer requires a keyword
  • Tags replace the folder system
  • Increased web accessibility for users with disabilities
  • Mobile friendly

Read more about the changes to Artstor here. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the VRC or the Librarian for Art History, Classics, Film/Media Studies, and Near Eastern Studies Don Juedes

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.

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. 

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