Western Theatrical Dance

Degas, Edgar. Spanish dancer and studies of legs, 1882. Musée d'Orsay. Accessed via Artstor.org

Visual Research Guide

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Electronic Image Resources

Documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, design, anthropology, ethnographic and women's studies, as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collection.

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Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
Photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online access to a portion of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York Public Library Digital Collections
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ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Search full-text and full-image articles from major American newspapers, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Limit search results to Document Type: Illustration and Image/Photograph.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Access over 360,000 images from the collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design.

Citing Images


Image from a database

John Singer Sargent. Study for the Spanish Dancer. Watercolor on paper. 30 x 20.02 cm. Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. Available from ARTstor, http://www.artstor.org (accessed September 3, 2015).

Image from a website

John Singer Sargent. Sketch of a Spanish Dancer. Pencil on paper. 11.5 x 9in. Gardner Museum, Massachusetts. In Liz Hager, "A Bow to Gesture Drawing." Venetian Red. accessed September 3, 2015, http://venetianred.net/2011/02/05/a-bow-to-gesture-drawing/