Digital Resource of the Week: Artstor

The University Libraries provides students, faculty, and staff access to Artstor’s expansive digital image library consisting of over two million, high-resolution images from museum and archival collections around the globe.

Did you know that, in the past year, Artstor has implemented a variety of new tools that are totally worth checking out? Whether you’re looking for visual study tools to help you prepare for an upcoming art history exam or are wondering how to properly cite artwork in your bibliography  — the Artstor online database has you covered! Here are two new features available on Artstor that we thought were pretty awesome and wanted to share with the UArts community:

Artstor’s new Quiz Mode feature provides students with the ability to create an interactive flashcard feature that can be used to study for exams while in fullscreen mode. This flashcard feature is even available on mobile so you can study on the go! To activate Quiz Mode, first select an image and click on the Full Screen icon to launch full screen. In the lower right corner, click Quiz Mode Off.

Notice how the captions disappear and you can use the arrows on your keyboard to navigate through the group of images? Pretty cool right?! Visit this image group tutorial we created and try it out yourself!

Artstor also provides students with the option to create citations instantly in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles. All you have to do is navigate to your the image you’d like to cite, open it, then click the “Generate Citation” button. Next, a window will appear providing you with the artwork’s citation in three different formats available to copy and paste directly into the bibliography section of your paper:

To get the most of out your Artstor experience, it is imperative that you register and create an Artstor account. You can access the Artstor database by visiting















If you have any questions, need assistance setting up your Artstor account, or are interested in learning more about Artstor, please contact Laura Grutzeck, our Visual Resources and Special Collections Librarian by email or stop by the VRSC located on the mezzanine level of Anderson Hall!

Music Library Special Collections: Rare LPs

The music library has its own Special Collection of LPs78 rpm Long Playing recordsthat are incredibly old. They’re stored behind the circulation desk in the music library and are available to be played on turntables in the library’s listening area. Whether or not you are of the opinion that LPs sound better than CDs or digital music files, these records have a strong nostalgia value. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys the smell of old books, diving into a box of old records may be the right thing for you.


Beyond that, their historical value is undeniable. The records in the music library span from a “Collection of Rare Recordings by the Originator of Boogie Woogie” Pine Top Smith, to a 1938 recording of Irving Berlin to one of Paul Robeson’s very first records with recordings of “Were You There?” and “Steal Away” published in 1925.


So take a browse through the collection and instead of getting sucked into a series of google searches or looking on youtube for an old recording of a song by Charles Aznavour, come try it here.


Written by Jo Dutilloy, Music Library Circulation Assistant

From Special Collections to Visual Resources; Ad Reinhardt’s How to Look at Art


We recently had a request to add some images from Ad Reinhardt’s famous “How to Look” series to ARTstor. We were excited to discover that we had large reproductions of the entire series right here in Special Collections! We have added all 23 images to The Visual Resources Collection of the University of the Arts in ARTstor.


Ad Reinhardt’s series on looking at modern art first appeared in PM magazine in 1946. The series gives a humorous look at art history, politics, culture, and art criticism.

The entire series can be seen online in the Visual Resources collection in ARTstor, or in person in Visual Resources and Special Collections, right above the Greenfield Library on the mezzanine of Anderson Hall.





If you have any questions about using the Visual Resources and Special Collections, contact Laura Grutzeck, the Visual Resources and Special Collections Librarian.

New in ARTstor: 5000 images from Condé Nast

ARTstor has made available 5,000 images from Condé Nast in the Digital Library, including 2,000 cartoons from The New Yorker and nearly 3,000 fashion photographs from the Fairchild Photo Service.

This is the first release of a planned 25,000 images from Condé Nast, which will also include photographs from the Condé Nast Archive of Photography.

Christopher Weyant, The New Yorker Collection

To view these images, go to the ARTstor Digital Library. Click on the Find button in the menu at the top of the screen, and choose “Browse ARTstor by Collection”. Scroll down through the list of choices to get to Condé Nast. Double click on the name to open the entire collection, or click the plus sign in the folder next to the name to chose between Fashion, Costume and Jewelry and Drawings and Watercolors.

For more information on the Condé Nast Collection in ARTstor, visit Artstor’s blog.

For more information on using the ARTstor Digital Library, contact Laura Grutzeck, the Visual Resources and Special Collections Librarian.



ARTstor Digital Library drops Java: upcoming changes in ARTstor

ARTstor will be performing an upgrade on Tuesday, April 16th between 6:00 AM and 1:00 PM that will eliminate the need for Java in the ARTstor Digital Library. After the upgrade, single image downloads will be delivered as Zip files.

Users downloading single images will receive a Zip file that contains a JPEG image and an HTML file with the image information. ARTstor has step by step instructions on how to download single images as Zip files here. Mac users should have no problems opening the Zip files, but Windows users may need to install new software. ARTstor recommends 7-Zip, available free at

The change to Zip downloads will only effect single image downloads; image group downloads into the Offline Image Viewer will remain the same.

During the upgrade, ARTstor will still be accessible, but users may experience some slowness. If you experience any difficulties after the update, please clear the cache on your browser and restart your image browser. If you have any questions or concerns about using ARTstor, please contact Laura Grutzeck, The Visual Resources Librarian, at




Oxford Art Online: Have You Used It?

Have you used Oxford Art Online yet? Check it out! Oxford Art Online is a fantastic reference source that combines four Oxford University Press titles — Dictionary of Art (a 34-volume encyclopedia, called Grove Art Online in the online version), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (4 volumes), Oxford Companion to Western Art, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms — into one electronic source. It’s a great place to start research for artists or any art-related topic. Oxford Art Online includes clickable images and links to ARTstor, plus links to museums that hold particular works or examples of a style of work. You can e-mail your search results to any e-mail address, and there’s even a button that will show you how to properly cite your item. Here’s an example article on Surrealism from Grove Art Online. Note all the cross-references that are linked. (If you just need a quick definition, take a look at Surrealism in the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.)

There are lots of other features: from the Oxford Art Online home page, click on Tools and Resources, then Grove Art to see Thematic Guides, Timelines of World Art, and MoMA/Grove Art Resources for Educators. Fabulous! And if you like the image of the diagram of the zodiac above, check out the article, “Diagrams in Medieval Art”, for more info.

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Arthur B. Carles

Visual Resources recently added works by American artist Arthur B. Carles to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

"Still-Life with Flowers" 1935

Arthur Beecher Carles was an American artist who lived from 1882-1952. He attended and eventually taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts here in Philadelphia, where he began his start as a well-received Modernist painter.

"Torso" 1922

He is known for his use of bright colors and painterly style. As his work progressed, he began to add elements of Cubism and Abstract Expressionism while he moved away from more traditional subject matters.


If you would like to see more work by Carles, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Nude" 1930

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Edward Burra

"Photo of Edward Burra" c. 1973

Visual Resources recently added works by British artist Edward Burra to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

Edward Burra was a British artist who lived from 1905-1976. The height of his popularity occurred in Europe during the 1920s and 30s. Burra drew inspiration from Dada and Surrealism, which is clear in his work.

"The Two Sisters" 1929

Over the course of his career, his paintings’ subject matters and styles changed, making him more closely related to British Modernism.
His art includes everything from landscapes to political pieces to caricatures.

He worked primarily in England, but also traveled to Spain, which is where his art took on darker and more political themes.

If you would like to see more works by Burra, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Super Cinema" 1934
"The Tunnel" 1966

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Robert Alan Bechtle

Visual Resources recently added works by American artist Robert Alan Bechtle to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

"'61 Pontiac" 1968-69

Robert Bechtle is an American artist, born 1932. He is a Photorealist, which was most popular during the 1970s. Bechtle used photography to construct his paintings, taking a picture of something first, then working from the photograph.

"Roses" 1973

There is a certain simplicity to Photorealism that can be refreshing. The artists’ intentions are usually to just paint exactly what is seen. This holds true for Bechtle’s work, though his paintings also emit a sense of stillness. Now, they also exhibit some nostalgia for the American lifestyle.


"'71 Buick" 1972

If you would like to see more works by Bechtle, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Charles Ephraim Burchfield

Visual Resources recently added works by American artist Charles Ephraim Burchfield to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

"The Insect Chorus" 1917

Charles Burchfield was an American artist who lived from 1893-1967. He is known for his beautiful and colorful watercolors. His early works are decorative in style and somewhat abstract in subject, often depicting emotions, sounds or occurrences in nature. Later, his work shifted to a more realistic style as he began to paint urban and industrial scenes, including houses, railway yards and mines.

"Over Porch Roof" 1933

Eventually, he reverted back toward his original style, based slightly in Expressionism and dealing with the subject of nature. His changing methods showcase his many abilities as a painter.

"Edge of Town" n.d.

Perhaps one of the most interesting facets of Burchfield’s work is how modern it looks, despite Burchfield not being exposed to this type of art.

If you would like to see more works by Burchfield, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online or come see some of the books on Burchfield in the Greenfield Library.

"The Four Seasons" 1949-60