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Provides examples and related web sites for citing images or works of art using the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook

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MLA Works Cited: Other Common Sources  
For a work viewed in person or in a print book, scroll down to:
A Painting, Sculpture, or Photograph

MLA Format for Electronic Sources
For an image found online, s
croll down to:
An Image (Including a Painting, Sculpture or Photograph)

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Examples of Citations for Images

Work of Art viewed in person at a Museum 

Evans, Walker. Penny Picture Display. 1936. Photograph. Museum of Modern Art,

      New York.

Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800. Oil on Canvas. Museo del Prado, 


Citation includes: Artist. Title of Work. Date of Work. Medium of Composition. Museum, City where Museum is located.

Image from ARTstor

Cassatt, Mary. The Boating Party. 1893-1894. National Gallery of Art, Washington,

         D.C. ARTstor. Web. 12 Sept. 2009. <>.

Image from any Library Database

Rousseau, Henri. The Ship in the Storm. 1896.  Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris.

         Grove Art Online. Web. 22 Nov. 2006.

Image found free on the Web

Rousseau, Henri. The Ship in the Storm. 1896.  Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris.

         The Artchive. Web. 8 Aug. 2006.

Citation includes: Artist. Title of Work. Date of Work. Museum or Collection, City. Database/Web Site. Date Accessed. URL (optional).

Image reproduced in a printed source

Rousseau, Henri. The Ship in the Storm. 1896. Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris.

Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris. By Claire Fresches, et al. Washington:

National Gallery of Art, 2006. 232. Print.

If known, the collection which owns the image should be included in your citation along with its location as shown in the examples.

Collin Library Sources for Images

High quality images you can save and use in PowerPoint presentations

Art Research Guide
Includes library databases and free web sites 


Sources Consulted:

 MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York:

Modern Language Association, 2009. Pages 189-190, 200-201. Print.

 “MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources (Web Publications). Purdue OWL.

Purdue University, 24 May 2010. Web. 12 Sept. 2010.

Examples adapted from:

Citing Online Art Images Using NoodleTools: MLA 7th ed.  Northwest Vista College

Library. Sept. 2010. Web. 29 April 2011. <


MLA Citation Examples. University of Maryland University College Information and

Library Services. 2010. Web. 15 Feb. 2010.


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York:

      Modern Language Association, 2009. Page 200. Print.

"MLA Works Cited: Other Common Sources." Purdue OWL.

      Purdue University, 24 June 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.

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