Images for Academic Publishing (IAP)

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas; The Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage; probably 1874The Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program makes available publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications free of charge. The IAP program was initiated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007 to help address the challenges of scholarly publishing in the digital age by providing free images for academic publications through an automated Web-based service. IAP is now available as an optional service to all museums who wish to foster scholarly publications. All IAP contributors also contribute images to the Artstor Digital Library, which makes images available exclusively for teaching and educational use, not publication.


Scholars at subscribing Artstor institutions can access these images through the Artstor Digital Library. To find IAP images, simply add "IAP" to your search criteria. An icon reading "IAP" is located directly beneath the thumbnail image in your search results. Scholars working on specific publication projects who are unaffiliated with an Artstor subscribing institution may request free IAP access by emailing

IAP users can download IAP images by providing some basic information and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of Use accompanying each image (for more information, please review the Artstor Privacy Policy.

For images in the Artstor Digital Library that are not part of IAP, or if your publication is not within the scope of IAP, consult the image data record for the rights and contact information (click on the text below the thumbnail of the image).

IAP Collection # of images available IAP Terms & Conditions of Use Contact for commercial inquiries
Frank Cancian (University of California, Irvine) (forthcoming) 217    
Dallas Museum of Art 700   Dallas Museum of Art Terms & Conditions
Getty Research Institute: Photo Archives 12,288   Getty Research Institute
Indianapolis Museum of Art 1,200   IMA Rights and Reproductions
Mellink Archive (Bryn Mawr College) 3,900 Click here  
Metropolitan Museum of Art 6,700 Click here Art Resource
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Brooklyn Museum Costumes 6,000    
Northwestern University Library: Ramon Casas sketchbooks 116   Northwestern University Library Digital Collections
Princeton University Art Museum 450    
The Walters Art Museum 1,576    
Yale University Art Gallery 615    

Contributing to IAP

Museums who contribute image collections to the Artstor Digital Library are also welcome to contribute images to the IAP program. Beginning in March 2011, the IAP program will only be open to museums wishing to make available photographs of their permanent collections. For image guidelines, or other questions regarding contribution to the IAP program, please email

Contact Information

For questions about IAP and related policies, please email Artstor at

For technical questions related to downloading IAP images, please contact Artstor User Services at 888.278.0079 or

Image credits

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French, 1834 - 1917; The Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage; probably 1874; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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