Chicago Citation & Style Guide

Art (Pieces, Images of, etc.)

The basic information you will need:

  • • Artist's name
  • • Title of the work of art
  • • Date it was created
  • • Material or medium (e.g., oil on canvas, marble, etc.)
  • • Physical dimensions of the work
  • • Museum or owner (where the piece is located)

(FN) Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937, oil on canvas, 137.4 in. x 305.5 in., Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.

(B) Picasso, Pablo. Guernica. 1937. Oil on canvas. 137.4 in. x 305.5 in. Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.


Image of artwork in a book

If you found the image in a book, you will also need the author, title, publisher, date, page, and (if available) figure or plate number.

(FN) Pablo Picasso, "Guernica," 1937, oil on canvas, 137.4 in. x 305.5 in., Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, in Guernica: the Biography of a Twentieth-century Icon, Gijs van Hensbergen (New York: Bloomsbury, 2004), 57.

(B) Picasso, Pablo. "Guernica." 1937. Oil on canvas. 137.4 in. x 305.5 in. Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.

            In Guernica: the Biography of a Twentieth-century Icon, by Gijs van Hensbergen, 57. New

            York: Bloomsbury, 2004.


Image of artwork on museum website

If you found the image online, you will need an access date, the web site address (URL), and, in some cases, an image ID number.

(FN) Henry Matisse, Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905, oil on canvas, 80.65 cm. x 59.69 cm., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, accessed November 3, 2014, http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/collection/artwork/213.

(B) Matisse, Henry. Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat). 1905. Oil on canvas. 81.3 cm. x 60.3

            cm. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Accessed November 3, 2014. 

            http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/collection/artwork/213.


Image of artwork from Artstor database

(FN) Henry Matisse, Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905, oil on canvas, 80.65 cm. x 59.69 cm., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, accessed November 4, 2014, http://library.artstor.org/library/secure/ViewImages?id=8CNVfzckJjw9NEA7eD95QX4tWHko&userId=gDdPeQ%3D%3D&zoomparams=.

(B) Matisse, Henry. Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat). 1905. Oil on canvas. 81.3 cm. x 60.3

            cm. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Accessed November 4, 2014. 

           http://library.artstor.org/library/secure/ViewImages?id=8CNVfzckJjw9NEA7eD95QX4tWHko&

            userId=gDdPeQ%3D%3D&zoomparams=.