Art History most commonly uses the Chicago Style for citation. (MLA style is also preferred by some.)
Citing works of art and online images are special cases that are often buried and hard to find in the style manuals. We've included some quick examples below.
Don't hesitate to ask a librarian if you're having problems!
Artist's last name, first name. Title of the Work. Place where found, location of place where found. Composition year.
Klimt, Gustav. The Kiss. Oesterreichische Galerie im Belvedere, Vienna, Austria. 1907.
Artist's last name, first name. Title of the Work. Place where found, location of place where found, in Author's first and last name, Title of Book in which photograph appears. Place of publication: Publisher, year, page number.
Degas, Edgar. Woman With Binoculars. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, in Barbara Ehrlich White, Impressionists Side by Side: Their Friendships, Rivalries, and Artistic Exchanges. New York: Knopf, 1996, 192.
Artist's last name, first name. Title of the Work. Place where found, location of place where found. Composition year. Web address.
Savage, Augusta. Gamin. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. 1929. http://www.artstor.org.
Vedder, Elihu, 1836-1923. 1864. “Bed of the Torrent Mugnone, near Florence.”
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California. http://library.artstor.org.
An academic paper about art is still an academic paper — one that needs to meet scholarly standards for quotation and citation. Think of this as a way to leave breadcrumbs that direct other scholars back to the things you focus on. You should put no image in your project, paper, or presentation without a proper citation.
That said, it is sometimes hard to find and capture citation-worthy information about an artwork you find on the Web. We at Lindell Library recommend using RefWorks to store information about your sources, and the database Artstor for finding images. Here is a quick primer on how to import citation information from Artstor to RefWorks:
You now have a safe electronic location (that you can access from many platforms) where this artwork's citation information is stored.