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Art & Design: Citing Sources

Art and Design



Use these resources to help you write artwork citations in Chicago Style.

Remember that Chicago, citations are published in the footnotes as well as in the bibliography. Images can be cited in captions or in the bibliography; check with your instructor to see which style they would like you to use.


The basic information you will need to find is:

                             • the ARTIST's name
                             • the TITLE of the artwork
                             • the DATE it was created
                             LOCATION (the museum or current owner)
                             • City or country of ORIGIN
                             • DIMENSIONS (how large it is)
                             • MATERIAL (what it's made of)

First figure out if your professor is requiring:

Then figure out what type of resource you're using:

JOURNAL ARTICLES: Some ARTICLE INDEXES will write your JOURNAL ARTICLE citation for you. Look for a CITE button, or email yourself the citation.
WEBPAGES: If you're citing webpages, or journal articles from a resource that will not cite for you, you may be able to

ARTWORK: Citing Artwork is tricky, and most online resources do not cover how to do so. Use a publication manual:

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010. Sections:

  • 3.1-3.39 Illustrations, p. 112-130
  • 4.83 and 4.85 Fair Use of Pictorial and Graphic Materials, p. 189-190
  • 8.193-8.195 Works of Art and Exhibitions, p. 461
  • 14.250 Exhibition Catalogs, p. 756-757

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. Section:

  • 17.8 Sources in the Visual and Performing Arts, Bibliography Style, p. 199-205


General style rules and sample captions utilizing the Chicago Style can be found from the publication guide for The Art Bulletin, published by the College Art Association.


Make sure you check your citations with a style manual, available in print in the library.

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