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Citing Sources: Citing images and works of art.

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

Citing an Image or Work of Art In-text

Illustrations/Images

If the image or illustration is discussed to a great extent in the text, you should include it in the Works Cited list and use a short caption underneath the image.  If the image is used to illustrate a single concept or only discussed once in the text, you can provide the full citation underneath the image and not include a citation in the Works Cited list.

 

Example caption for a work which is discussed in detail in the paper and has a full citation in the Works Cited list

 

Fig. 1. Paris di Bordon, The Lovers, 1825-30.

 

Example caption for a work which is used to illustrate a concept and will not have a citation in the Works Cited list

Fig. 1. Nurse Practicing Hand Hygiene. 2016, Britannica ImageQuest, quest.eb.com/search/181_771626/1/181_771626/cite.

Citing an Image or Work of Art in your Works Cited List

 

General Format for Works of Art

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

 

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, www.jennyday.com.

 

Citing a work of art or image from a library database

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

      library.artstor.org.library2.pima.edu/library/iv2.html?parent=true.