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Welcome! This guide is designed to help you find art and images related to biblical texts.
William Blake, The Ancient of Days, 1794 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Databases & Websites
ARTstor (Duke Users Only)
Large image database covering art, architecture, and archaeology across many time periods and cultures. It is an excellent starting point for finding high-quality images related to biblical texts. See tips for using ARTstor below.
Very useful website for finding images by: biblical theme, scriptural text, or lectionary date. Note: this is a free website and some links may be broken. You can take the information from the image (author, title) and cross-reference it with Duke’s subscription database, ARTstor, to find higher quality images. Author: Jenee Woodard
Digital Image Archive (Pitts Theology Library)
The Digital Image Archive (DIA) presents more than 65,000 images of biblical illustrations, portraits of religious leaders, printers' devices, engravings of church buildings, and other theological topics.
Art in the Christian Tradition (Vanderbilt Univ.)
Designed for scholars, students, pastors, and religious educators, all of the images may be used for educational and/or religious non-profit purposes. Images are added regularly.
Index of Medieval Art (Princeton Univ.)
A thematic and iconographic index of early Christian and medieval art objects.
ATLA Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative
These digitized images include scans of text, art, and mp4 video files curated by the American Theological Library Association. Images are available for academic use with the attribution listed on the site.
Biblical Art on the Web
Another useful site for finding images by: biblical subject, biblical text, artist, or keyword search. Author: Rolf E. Stærk
Tips for finding biblical images in ARTstor:
- Creating a FREE account will give you advanced options for saving & organizing images (see Tips for saving, etc. below).
- Enter the ARTstor Digital Library page and go to the Advanced Search page
- If you have a unique keyword associated with your search (e.g. Nebuchadnezzar), you can enter it into the search box; then hit search
- Use “ ” to search for a phrase (e.g. "Garden of Eden")
- If you have a really general name/term (e.g. David), try combining the search phrase "Old Testament" with the name/term you would like to search (e.g. "Old Testament" and David)
- Select "Title" or "Creator" from the search box dropdown, if you want to search for a specific artist or work
Tips for saving, downloading, & presenting images using ARTstor
- Creating a FREE account in ARTstor will allow you to organize, save, and use images offline; Click on the 'Register' link in the upper right side of the screen to create an account (use your .edu email address to register)
- Having trouble? Check out ARTstor's Troubleshooting Tips
- ARTstor guide for students
- Add Personal Notes by clicking on the caption underneath the thumbnail view of an image, then select the 'Personal Notes' tab
- Still have questions? Contact the Divinity School library for help!