Library Catalog

The Photo Archive's two million photographs provide supplementary and original pictorial research for the study of fine arts from antiquity to the modern period. The archive's strength lies in the photographic reproduction of western art, architecture, and decorative arts.

Patrons can use these photographs to conduct a wide range of research, including the history of collecting (provenance, art market, connoisseurship), iconography, conservation, historiography, and the history of reproductions.

Learn how to search the database and access the Photo Archive.
Search the database for nonpictorial records that describe images in the Photo Archive.
The Photo Archive includes photographs of over 5,000 medieval and early modern tapestries from European and American collections.
The largest archive of medieval art in the world, the Getty Research Institute holds a repository copy of this Index and provides on-site access to the subscription database.