Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2020     Views: 2497

Citing an image in MLA style (8th ed.) requires you to include much of the same information you would including in citing a print resource like author(s)/editor(s), title of image, and publication date. 

Physical Image

(don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines)

Artist/Creator. Title of the Work. Date of Creation, medium (optional), Institution, Location. 


Le Dien, Firmin-Eugène. Amalfi, Cathedral. 1853, salted paper print from a waxed paper negative, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Online Image

(don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines)

The online reproduction of the image in a museum:

Artist/Creator. Title of the Work. Date of Creation, medium (optional), Institution, URL (without the http://). 

Le Dien, Firmin-Eugène. Amalfi, Cathedral. 1853,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art,

The MLA Style website gives two options for citing an image found online, for example, through a Google search.  One thing to think about is containers, how many containers is the image in?

For example:

An image found on a blog post on a website (two containers):

LastName, FirstName. Photo of Title of Work. "Title of Blog Post/Webpage," by AuthorLastName, Date of publication. Title of Website, URL.

Sheldon, Natasha. Photo of The Muleteer. “Human Remains in Pompeii: The Body Casts,” by Sheldon, 23 Mar. 2014. Decoded Past,

A second option would be to refer to the title of the image and its author in the body of your paper and then key your in-text citation to an entry for the blog post in the works-cited-list entry:

Sheldon, Natasha. “Human Remains in Pompeii: The Body Casts.” Decoded Past, 23 Mar. 2014,

Photographic Reproductions (images of artwork in books)

(don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines)

LastName, FirstName. Title of Artwork. date, Institution and Location where Image is Housed. Title of Book, ed., by Authors, Publisher, page number.

Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Gardener's Art Through the Ages, 10th ed., by Richard G. Tansey and Fred S. Kleiner, Harcourt Brace, p. 939.

More Information

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (Campus Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online Students) for assistance with citing sources in MLA Style.

This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to cite an image in your class assignments and projects.

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