Resources: Image Databases

Bartolomeo Ammanati:  An Online Exhibition by the Photo Library of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

  • Collection of photographs of sculptures, buildings and drawings by Ammanati

Bildindex der Kunst und der Architektur (Bildarchiv Foto Marburg)

  • Extensive database of architectural photographs, including numerous German buildings

British History Online Maps of London

  • Maps of London, 1550-1700

British Library Flickr Images

  • 1 million images of objects in the collections of the British Library, searchable by general terms (eg, palazzo, Italy, cathedral); additional information here

Cities and Buildings Database, University of Washington

  • Global database of architectural images, including numerous photographs of early modern buildings

Collage (City of London Libraries, Archives, and Guildhall Art Gallery)

  • Drawings, prints, paintings, and other images of London (including buildings, furnishings, infrastructure) from 16c to present


  • Worldwide collection of photographs, search by keyword

History of the Book/Typography Amsterdam’s Flickr Photostream

  • Database of prints from across Europe (eg, illustrations in Vesalius)

John Norden 1593 Map of Westminster

  • A digitized version of Norden’s map of London that can be enlarged for details

Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection

  • 18c British architectural drawings, prints, and other images

Lisbon Pre-1755-Earthquake

  • Digital reconstructions of Lisbon before the 1755 earthquake, with maps and timelines of the city’s history

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Palladio and Britain

  • Presentation through text and image of Andrea Palladio’s biography, drawings, and influence in England from 18c to the present [sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects]

Palladio and the Veneto

  • Photographs and historical descriptions of Andrea Palladio’s buildings

Palladio and the Veneto [RIBA]

  • Presentation through text and image of Andrea Palladio’s Venetian context as well as his influence in the Veneto through 18c [sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects]
  • Image and video reconstruction of Philip II’s 1581 entry into Lisbon
  • International and cross-media list of image databases assembled by the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art

St. Paul’s Cathedral (London) – Wren Office Drawings

  • Database of digital images of the drawings executed by Sir Christopher Wren and his office for the design and construction of St. Paul’s Cathedral; includes detailed description of each drawing and historical narrative
  • Developing database of images and detailed descriptions of the drawings collected and executed by Soane; current collections online:  Soane’s drawings, Robert and James Adam’s drawings, English Baroque drawings

Veneto Photographic Library

  • Photographs of buildings in the Veneto from Roman Antiquity to the present

Versailles Images

The Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

  • Database of paintings and sculptures, including depictions of buildings and interior frescoes, searchable and organized by topic

William C. Brumfield Photographs of Russia

  • Library of Congress Collection:  1,137 photographs of buildings in northern Russia
  • Vologda Region:  numerous color and black and white images of buildings from Vologda and beyond, accessible in “Photogallery” and “Photoarchive”

Yale Center for British Art Collections

  • Database of paintings, prints, and drawings that can be downloaded and reproduced in publication free of charge

Yale Digital Commons

  • Images from the collections of Yale University (libraries, museums, etc); a developing database