Always start with a broad search term such as the surname of
an artist or a city to get a general sense of the collection in your area of
You can refine your search using multiple terms, entered in any order.
For example, enter guercino red chalk to find red chalk drawings
by Guercino. A string of search terms assumes “AND” between each
Quoted expressions will yield an exact result. Enter School
of Athens to limit your search to images of Raphael’s Vatican
fresco while excluding everything in the city of Athens.
To find works by more than one artist, use OR between the name of each
artist. For example, enter pollock OR kooning to find paintings
by Jackson Pollock or Willem de Kooning. You may extend this search to include
more than two artists. For example, enter pollock
or kooning or gottlieb to find works by all three artists.
If you know the Item ID (unique identifying number for each record in
the database visible below the thumbnail image on the Search Result page),
you can enter the number in the first field of the Item ID search. To find
a range of images by Item ID, (for example, to find ID numbers 37890–37900,
enter the first number in the first field and the second number in the second
field. Many images are entered into the database sequentially, but this is
not always the case.