I am thinking of a painting but can't remember its title nor the painter.

I tried Google Images but it is not adapted:

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Is there a painting search engine where I can search paintings:

  • By year (for instance 1900~1920)
  • By style (for instance impressionism)
  • By topic (for instance portrait, pastoral, war, vanitas)
  • By dominant colors (for instance green and blue)
  • By color of background (for instance dark)
  • By represented person (for instance Jean de Dinteville)
  • By place (for instance Gare du Nord)

or at least a few of these.


  • Free to use
  • Thumbnails
  • Contains most of the famous paintings (let's define famous paintings as paintings that more than 100k persons in the world have heard about)
  • Nicolas, google 'catalogue paintings' turns up lost of results, but I have not investigated whether they are useful. A job for a rainy afternoon. – user416 Jun 21 '14 at 7:40

Your Paintings - BBC would be a good choice for your work. It has 212,144 number of paintings in its database. You ca search paintings by:

  • Things in the painting
  • People in the painting
  • Place
  • Event
  • Painting style
  • Painting type
  • Artist

It's free to use and it shows thumbnails also.

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    Awesome! But it is a pity that it only covers the UK's national collection. – Nicolas Raoul Jun 21 '14 at 14:18

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