Open How to use ARTstor
is primarily an image database. It contains
"more than 2.5 million images of the world's
cultural heritage." If you need information about
an artwork or artist you will want to use the
Grove Art or Art Full Text databases. You
may browse ARTstor without Registering but
you cannot save images, create groups of
images or print images unless you register.
Please Login or Register (on campus). The
registration must go through the college IP
address! After you Login or Register, you will
be able to access ARTstor from off campus
for a period of 120 days.
If you're viewing this tutorial for English
Lab credit, please check with your
professor to make sure they approve using
the ARTstor tutorial as a lab and don't
forget to print out the Certificate of
Completion at the end.
This is the ARTstor registration page.
I promise they don't sell your email
address or send you unwanted emails
or advertisements. Please double click
on the image to enlarge it.
You will see your name in the upper
right of the page after you login.
ARTstor has recently instituted a "Copyright
Checkpoint," which states "Images in
the Artstor Digital Library may be used for non-
commercial, educational purposes if you abide
by the Artstor Terms and Conditions." These
terms and conditions basically state that you
may use images from ARTstor for educational
purposes only. There are a few images that are
copyright free but most are not. Please do not
use them for a personal or commercial website,
video or blog.
You may Browse ARTstor by Collection,
Classification, or Geographical area.
Browse by Collection (individual museums
or private collections)
Browse by Classification - type of art -
For example, paintings, drawings, sculpture,
etc. Notice there's Science, Performing Arts,
Film, Fashion, Garden and Landscape, and
many other options.
Browse by Geography
This is determined by where the work is
located and the nationality of the creator.
The list ends with the country of Zimbabwe.
To do a general search for an artist or
image enter the name in the Search box.
Let's enter the artist, Andy Warhol, in the
search box. Notice the number of images
our search retrieved.
How many pages of images are there? (hint: look at the top right of your search results)
Choose the first image on the page of Mao
and double click on it. Notice to the right of
the image are the details about the image.
The artist's name is hyperlinked. Please click
on the Andy Warhol hyperlink. On the next
page scroll down to the bottom of the page
and choose "Fifth New York" theater ticket.
In the item details it says,"printed along
the bottom: Andy Warhol..." We
can enlarge the image and see the
Click the four arrow square on the right side
of the toolbar. This enlarges the image and
takes away the description. Now use the plus
icon to enlarge the image a couple of times.
When you see this icon, hold your mouse
down over it and move the image or to the
side until you can clearly see the bottom of
What is the year of Copyright for the List Art Foundation ticket?
Please click the Search within results
box at the top of the page. Enter
Marilyn Monroe. Don't delete the
information already in the search box.
How many images of Marilyn Monroe are there? Choose the number closest to your search results as images are still being added added to the collection.
When you're using Artstor, you can
always click on the Artstor icon at the top
of the page to get back to the home page.
Please click on it now.
Let's do an Advanced Search.
Click the Advanced Search link is under
the regular search box. Double click the
image below for instructions.
Please do the same search as shown in
the screenshot. Let's take a look at
the "Ocean Life" a watercolor by Christian
Schussele. "Schussele was the first professor
in drawing and painting at the Pennsylvania
Academy of the Fine Arts... He was chiefly a
genre, history painter and portrait painter
yet his subject matter occasionally reflected
Philadelphia’s scientific tradition, as in
this watercolor. Remember to double click
on the image to enlarge it. This is really
a fascinating look at a collection of sea
One of the earliest American
submarine illustrations, this picture was
executed expressly for lithographic
reproduction in a pamphlet of the same
title published in Philadelphia in 1859.
James M. Sommerville (1825 -1899), a
physician, amateur naturalist, member
of the Academy, as well as an artist and a
trustee of the Pennsylvania Academy and was
probably the designer of the watercolor.
He collected the specimens, wrote the text
of the pamphlet and lithographed the image"
(from ARTstor). It's unusual to see two
names listed in the description of a work of
art. Look at the Open ARTstor box below
most of the images. This means those
images are copyright free and may be used for
any purpose. This is very unusual in ARTstor.
Let's look at the citation for this watercolor.
Christian Schussele, 1824-1879; James
M. Sommerville, 1825-1899. Ocean Life.
I find it strange that Sommerville is included
in the citation when he didn't do the painting.
One of the great features of ARTstor is
the ability to create individual groups of
images. Click the ARTstor icon to get back to
the original start page. Please enter marilyn
monroe (No need for capitalization in
How many results did you get?
Let's say, you have an assignment to
do a presentation for your class
about the life of Marilyn Monroe.
It might be nice to include some photos
in your presentation. Notice, there are
13 pages of results.
We can go through the images and choose
some that might best describe her life. The
fourth image in the first page is an iconic
photograph that was considered a bit
scandalous in the 50's. When you mouse
over the images you can see a box to the
upper right of all the images. I've selected
8 images from this first group. You must
be registered and logged in to do this so
just follow along for the next few steps.
Hopefully, you can see the 8 images I
I'll go up to the Organize tab and
select save images to a new image
This is the message you get when you
Here is my new group of images. Notice
they're sorted alphabetically.
My group of images is at the bottom.
I'll click on the title 2020 Marilyn.
Double click the image to see the
options for viewing.
I'm going to have ARTstor transfer my
images into a PowerPoint file.You may also
export it as a zip file and save it to a flash
drive or your computer.
Now let's go back to the ARTstor home page.
Click on the ARTstor icon on the top left
of the page. Under BROWSE, Double Click
on Collection. Scroll down and find the
Dallas Museum of Art Collection.
Click the + icon to the left of the name
to open up the folder.
Approximately, how many images from the Dallas Museum of art are in ARTstor? Images are added quite frequently so pick the number closest to your answer.
Click on the + icon by Paintings to open
How many geographical areas are represented in the Paintings Category?
Double click to open
How many Paintings from North America are in ARTstor?
Once again, let's search within this
category. Please enter, church, frederic.
This brings up The Icebergs, one of
Frederic Church's most famous paintings.
It is currently hanging in the Dallas
Museum of Art. Take a few minutes
to zoom in and move around the painting.
You can actually see the painters brush
strokes in the details. See if you can find
the artist's signature in the painting.
He also included the year it was finished.
What year was The Icebergs painted?
We have really only touched the surface
of all the features available in ARTstor.
There is a great Help section so take
advantage of it! Thanks for following
along with the ARTstor tutorial!
Please remember to respect ARTstor's
copyright request to only use their images
for educational purposes!
Another feature we haven't mentioned, is
that as a registered user, you may upload
some of your own images and create
individual "Personal Collections." That's
a topic for another tutorial.
Enjoy using ARTstor!
If you're watching this tutorial for English
lab credit, please don't forget to print
out the Certificate of Completion on the
next page. Otherwise, if you are finished,
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