These guidelines for citing paintings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art come from the latest edition of the MLA Handbook. Your instructor may have different guidelines for citing images. Consult your instructor or check your assignment to determine the format your instructor would like you to follow.
This is a quick citation resource offering general guidelines that will apply in many—but not all—cases. If you have a question about how to cite a particular item, contact your librarian or visit the Writing Center for support.
A works cited entry for paintings, photographs, sculptures, or other works of art should include:
For works consulted online, add a URL.
For photographic reproductions of artwork (e.g. images of artwork in a book), treat the book or website as a container. Cite the bibliographic information as above followed by the information for the source in which the photograph appears, including page or reference numbers (plate, figure, etc.).