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Image and Artwork Examples

Here are some example citations for images and artwork. They are based on MLA 8 guidelines. A Works Cited page should be double spaced within and between citations. To save room, we only single spaced. When a citation requires more than one line, the second line and any lines that follow should have a hanging indent. That means the first line of each citation aligns with the left margin, and all additional lines are indented half an inch.

Use the Image and Artwork template to cite physical objects that you experienced firsthand.

For citing images that you saw in a book, periodical, database, or Web site, MLA gives you two options:

  1. Cite the image/artwork and the source you found it in by using the Artwork template.   
  2. Or, identify the author and title of the image/artwork in the body of your paper, and then only cite the source you found the image/artwork in. In that case, you would use the Book, Periodical Article, or Web Site template to create the citation.

If you are not sure which option to choose, ask your teacher.

Artifact

Exampleartifact, untitled (you provide a description), unknown creator, estimated date, viewed in a museum

Covered wagon. Circa 1860, Oregon Historical Society, Portland.

Artwork

Example – painting, titled, viewed in a museum

Monet, Claude. Garden at Sainte-Adresse. 1867, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Example – painting, titled, viewed in a book

Monet, Claude. Garden at Sainte-Adresse. 1867. Monet, by Christoph Heinrich, Taschen, 2015, p. 21.

Example – painting, titled, viewed in a book; since artist and title of painting are named in the body of the paper,  only the book is cited

Heinrich, Christoph. Monet. Taschen, 2015, p. 21.

Example – painting, titled, viewed in a book, found in a library database

Monet, Claude. Garden at Sainte-Adresse. 1867. Monet, by Christoph Heinrich, Taschen, 2015, p. 21. Gale Virtual Reference Library, www.gale.com/gvrl.

Example – painting, titled, viewed in a book, found on a Web site that is not the painter’s own Web site

Monet, Claude. Garden at Sainte-Adresse. 1867. Monet, by Christoph Heinrich, Taschen, 2015, p. 21. Free Art eBooks, www.freeartebooks.org/monet142.

Example – painting, titled, viewed on a museum Web site

Monet, Claude. Garden at Sainte-Adresse. 1867. The Met, www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437133.

Example – painting, titled, viewed in a database, but the image was not part of an article or book

Monet, Claude. Rouen Cathedral, Blue Harmony, Morning Sun. 1894. Research In Contextgo.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=MSIC&sw=w&u=
    
port&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CEJ2210004742&asid=bd932ff8b6498587c2f191fb3eb4ad62.

Example – sculpture, titled, viewed in an outdoor public space

Johnson, John Seward, II. Allow Me. 1983, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland.

Example – sculpture, titled, viewed in a newspaper article

Johnson, John Seward, II. Allow Me, 1983. “Where is Portland’s Famous ‘Umbrella Man’?,” by Lizzie Acker. The Oregonian [Portland], 26 Jan. 2017, p. A6.

Example – sculpture, titled, viewed in a newspaper article, found in a library database

Johnson, John Seward, II. Allow Me. 1983. “Where is Portland’s Famous 'Umbrella Man'?,” by Lizzie Acker. The Oregonian [Portland], 26 Jan. 2017, p. A6. Research In Context,
      www.gale.com/ric/12345.

Example – sculpture, titled, viewed on a Web site

Johnson, John Seward, II. Allow Me, 1983. Pioneer Courthouse Square, thesquarepdx.org/visitor-information/design-features.

Example – glass sculpture, titled, viewed in person

Chihuly, Dale. Glasshouse Sculpture. 2012, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle.

Example – glass sculpture, titled, viewed in a magazine, found on the magazine’s own Web site

Chihuly, Dale. Glasshouse Sculpture. 2012. “Dale Chihuly’s Glass Sculptures Go on Display in Seattle,” by Elizabeth Stamp. Architectural Digest, 30 June 2012, www.architecturaldigest.com/
      story/artist-dale-chihuly-sculptures-garden-and-glass-seattle
.

Example – glass sculpture, titled, viewed on Web site that is not the artist’s, no article author, no publisher, no publication date for the Web site

Chihuly, Dale. Glasshouse Sculpture, 2012. “Chihuly Garden & Glass: Ground Up Construction.” Schuchart, www.schuchart.com/project/chihuly-garden-glass. Accessed 5 September 2017.

Image (that is not artwork)

Example in a book, viewed on a Web site

Mayes, Marge. “Label the Wagon Parts - Key.” 2016. The Oregon Trail: Teachers Resource Supplement, by Bureau of Land Management, 2016, p. 13. National Historic Oregon Trail
     Interpretive Center’s History and Educational Resources
, www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/Learn_interp_nhotic_teachguide.pdf.

Example photograph in a book, viewed in a library database

Cross, Cameron. “Wagon on the Oregon Trail.” [Circa 20??]. Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States, edited by Drew Johnson, et al., 6th ed., UXL, 2013. Student Resources In
     Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ2220015554/SUIC?u=port&xid=fe9bdb5e.

Example photograph found on a blog, no known date for the image, no known publisher for the Web site, no known Web site publication date

Sheldon, Natasha. The Muleteer. “Human Remains in Pompeii: The Body Casts,” by Natasha Sheldon, 23 Mar. 2014. Decoded Past, decodedpast.com/human-remains/7532.

Example image found In a database, but the image was not part of an article or book, no known artist/author of the image, no known publication date

Space Station. 2015. Research In Context, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=MSIC&sw=w&u=psulib&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CPC4205140929&asid=2e1c2fcc96960c8dea25ee842ab90661.
     Accessed on
1 Aug. 2017.  

Example – map, viewed on a Web site, added the name of the government (United States) in front of corporate agency name, included optional element as a descriptor (map) to identify the type of image, no known publication date

United States, Bureau of Land Management. The Oregon Trail. Map. National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center’s History and Educational Resources, www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/
    learn_interp_nhotic_trailmap.pdf. Accessed 5 Sept. 2017.