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Citing Sources: Citing images and works of art.

A guide to citing sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago format.

Citing a Photograph in MLA Style


 General Format for Works of Art

Artist Last Name, First Name. Title of the Work of Art. Date created, Museum, Museum City (if needed).



For citing works of art or images, in-text:

  • label the image with the word "Figure" or "Fig."
  • provide a title and/or caption and date
  • provide source information and date if appropriate
  • usually you do not need to provide a citation in the Works Cited page.

Fig. 1. Waiting Their Turn, 1992, oil on canvas, by Howard Post. Tucson Museum of Art,


Citing a work of art displayed in a museum

Waddell, Theodore. Motherwell's Angus # 6. 1996, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson.


Citing an object in a museum

Knox, Archibald. Silver Tea Service. 1900-01, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

  • If there is only a description of the object, rather than a title, do not italicize.


Citing an image from a book

Portrait of a Flavian Lady. AD 90, Museo Capitolino, Rome. Roman Art, by Nancy H.

Ramage and Andrew Ramage, Prentice Hall, 1996, p. 147. 


Citing a work of art or image from a website

Day, Jenny. Memory Overwrite. 2014, Jenny Day,


Citing a work of art or image from a library database

Muybridge, Eadweard J. Animal Locomotion. 1887, Minneapolis Institute of Arts,  Artstor, 0-