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!

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




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