Citing Images - Chicago style


An illustration number may be separated from the caption by a period or a space. Figure may be abbreviated or spelled out.

Include artist's name, title of work (italicized), medium, measurements and the institution which houses the work.

Include the source the image came from preceded by a statement which declares the source (for example 'In: ' or 'Source: ' or 'Available from: ').

Be sure to include the URL and date accessed if your source is online.

Be consistent with caption display choices throughout your paper or slideshow.


Image scanned from a book:

Fig. 1. Alice Neel, Nancy and the Rubber Plant. 1975, Oil on canvas, 203.2 x 91.4 cm. The Estate of Alice Neel. From: Ann Temkin et al. Alice Neel. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Plate 64.

Image downloaded from ARTstor:

Fig. 2. Rogier van der Weyden, Saint Catherine of Alexandria. 1430-1432, Diptych panel, 18.5 x 12 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Available from: ARTstor, (accessed September 30. 2009).

Image downloaded from museum website:

Fig. 3. Caravaggio, The Denial of Saint Peter. Early 15th century. Oil on canvas, 94 x 125.4 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (accessed September 29, 2009).

Image downloaded from Flickr Commons:

Fig. 4. Thomas Eakins, William Rudolf O'Donovan. 1981, Black and white photographic print, 6 x 8 cm. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Available from: Flickr Commons, (accessed September 29, 2009).

Image downloaded from Flickr (personal images uploaded by others):

Fig. 5. Friedrich von Schmidt, Vienna Rathaus. 1872-1883. Source: Harshil Shah, Vienna - Rathaus. 2009, Digital Image. Available from: Flickr, (accessed September 14, 2012).

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