As of December 1st, 2014 the AMICA database has been cancelled and will no longer be available through the Rutgers University Libraries. The Libraries deeply regret any inconvenience to our user community.
You may wish to consult with a reference librarian for other ways to help find the resources you need. You may also want to visit the Rutgers Art Library research guide for help finding images at: Art Library Research Guide
If you have additional concerns about how to pursue your information needs please contact your library liaison or contact you may Ask a Librarian.
Browser Required: Seems to work well with most browsers.
Plugins Required: Java is required to use AMICA. Also, the following settings are suggested: use a display system set to "true color" (24-bit), or higher; use a display system set to 1024x768 resolution, or higher; enlarge the browser's window to the maximum. A Pentium III or PowerMac with a fast internet connection is suggested.
The AMICA (Art Museum Images from Cartography Associates) database is an image library composed of nearly a hundred and twenty thousand digital images of works of art held in museums. The images included span the history of Western and non-Western art and include examples from disparate media (such as painting, photography, sculpture, and the decorative arts). AMICA is particularly useful because the images can be searched by many different parameters including Keyword (i.e., subject of the work of art or words contained in the title), Creator (or artist), the Date of the work's creation, as well as other options. In addition to the digital image, AMICA contains the full citation information for the work of art, including Artist, Title, Date, the Institution that owns the work, and occasionally, a supplementary narrative that describes the work or relates additional information. Images of works can be saved in an Image Workspace for future review.
For help using AMICA, click on the help button in the left-hand toolbar. The "How To..." section is particularly useful for composing folders of saved images.
The artworks included range in date from the ancient through the contemporary period.
AMICA includes works of art held in a wide range of institutions, including by not limited to: the Asia Society, the Library of Congress, the Louisiana State museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and others.
Type of coverage
Works of art spanning the history of art and most art media are included.
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