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Religious Studies: Images

Annunciation Triptych Altarpiece from the 15th century

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Digital Collections

Turkish Ka'ba tile from the 18th century depicting Mecca

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Digital Collections

Tapestry-woven mandala or cosmic diagram from 14th century China

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Digital Collections

Mishneh Torah from 15th century Northern Italy

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Digital Collections

17th-19th century Nepalese amulet case with Vishnu riding Garuda

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Digital Collections

Image Databases and Websites

Many academic and cultural institutions have digital collections with Creative Commons licensing or identify those items in the public domain. Make sure to check each institution's guidelines before using an image.

Copyright and Fair Use

Can I use that image?

Any image created on or before 1927 should be available in the public domain and not restricted by copyright (meaning you can use the image without asking permission, attribution, or compensation).

Fair use allows you to use images without permission or compensation for a set of given circumstances including for educational purposes such as a PowerPoint presentation for class or in a research paper given to your professor.  One important aspect to Fair Use for educational purposes is that the image will be seen by a limited audience (your professor or your classmates in class or submitted in TheSpring). If you are not using a Creative Commons or public domain image for a project that will be made available to the public, check Fair Use guidelines.