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Finding Images

This guide provides information about digital image collections and other image resources of interest to artists, architects, art historians, and others studying visual culture at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Citing Images from Online Resources

Citing Images with Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.

Chicago Manual of Style (online)

In text

A caption may consist of a word or two, an incomplete or a complete sentence, several sentences, or a combination. 

Figure 1. Dorothea Lange, “Black Maria” police van, 1957



Dorothea Lange, Black Maria, Oakland, 1957, printed 1965, gelatin silver print, 39.3 × 37 cm, Art Institute, Chicago,



Lange, Dorothea. Black Maria. Oakland. 1957, printed 1965. gelatin silver print, 39.3 × 37 cm. Art Institute, Chicago.

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Art Bulletin Image Caption Style

The College Art Association's Art Bulletin style is a modification of the Chicago Manual of Style


Captions should be numbered consecutively. Figure numbers do not include a period.

The Art Bulletin includes full caption information, whenever available and appropriate, in this order:

  • Figure number with no period
  • Artist
  • Title (in italics)
  • date
  • 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 info regarding both the artwork and the photograph (in parentheses)

Caption written in AB Style:

1 Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child, ca 1890, Oil on canvas, 35 ½ x 25 3/8” (90.1 x 64.5 cm). Wichita Art Museum, Whichita, Kansas, Roland P. Murdock Collection, M109.53 ( © Wichita Art Museum 2002 )

Further examples and exceptions are available on CAA's Guidelines page under, Captions.

MLA Image Caption Style

Fig. 1. Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child, ca. 1890. Wichita Art Museum. Toward an American Identity : Selections from the Wichita Art Museum Collection of American Art. By Novelene Ross. Wichita, Kan.: Wichita Art Museum, 1997. 107. Print.

Place images as close as possible to the parts of the text to which they relate. The image should be labeled as Figure (usually abbreviated Fig.), assigned an arabic numeral and given a caption. A label and title or caption ordinarily appear directly below the illustration and have the same one-inch margins as the text of the paper. Captions should be numbered consecutively.

Source: Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.