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Art History 438: Citing Images

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Prof. Catherine Howe
Spring 2018

Art Bulletin Style

The College Art Association's Art Bulletin style is a modification of the Chicago Manual of Style. It gives the most thorough information, and is widely seen as the preferred style to use.  Scroll down to their Captions sections:

Captions should be numbered consecutively. Figure numbers do not include a period. A full caption includes, whenever available and appropriate, information in the following order:

Figure number with no period
Artist (first name, last name)
Title (in italics)
Medium on support
Dimensions in inches (h. x w. x d.) followed by dimensions in centimeters (1 inch = 2.54 cm)
Name of collection
City of collection
Other collection information such as "gift of . . . ," accession number, etc.
Copyright or credit line information regarding both the photograph and the artwork (in parentheses)


Botticelli's 'Primavera'

1 Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, ca. 1482, tempera on panel, 6 ft. 8 in. x 10 ft. 4 in. (2.03 x 3.15 m). Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence (artwork in the public domain; photograph provided by Scala/Art Resource, NY)


2 Steichen, Edward. Enlisted Men of the USS Lexington.  1943.  Art, Architecture & Engineering Library Collection.  University of Michigan.  March 21, 2009.

Special Presentation:

3 William Kentridge.  Multimedia Interactive Feature.  San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2009.  Explore Modern Art.  March 2009. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  March 21, 2009.