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Works of art are a great resource for costume and set design. Library databases offer a wealth of digital art images. (Login with university ID required.) Also, check the Websites tab "Costume/Design/Theatre Tech" for additional web resources.
Access to 1,900 images of architecture and interior decoration covering 2800 B.C. to late twentieth century from the eight volume slide collection Architecture, Interiors and Furniture by Stephen Sbarge. Textual description for images of each period is included as a PDF.
A nonprofit digital library of over one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. It offers a set of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes. Images in the collection are contributed by outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.
Access to 1,488 images of costumes through the ages from the six volume slide collection History of Costume by Jeanne Button, Patricia Quinn Stuart and Stephen Sbarge. Textual description for images of each period is included as a PDF.
The image search feature within this art reference database searches 40,000 selected image links to museums and galleries worldwide and links to 5,00 images contained within the Grove Art Online encyclopedia.