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APA 7th Edition Citation Examples

Format for images


Author last name, first initial. (Date). Title of work [Medium]. Museum, Location. URL


  • Author: List the last name, followed by the first initial (and second initial). See Authors for more information.
  • Date: List the date between parentheses, followed by a period.
  • Title of work: In italics. Capitalize the first word of the title, subtitle, and proper nouns. If work has no title, provide a description of the work between brackets.
  • Medium: List a description of the medium between brackets, followed by a period.
  • Museum, Location: List museum and location for image if applicable. For U.S. cities, use the standard postal abbreviations for the state, followed by the country (e.g., "Chatham, MA, United States"). Foreign cities should be followed by the country (e.g., "Brisbane, Australia").
  • URL: List URL if from the free Web

See specific examples below.

Museum or Museum Website


Delacroix, E. (1826–1827). Faust attempts to seduce Marguerite [Lithograph]. The Louvre, Paris, France.

Museum Website:

Wood, G. (1930). American gothic [Painting]. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States.

Library database (suggested format)

Titled image:

Rousseau, H. (1896). The ship in the storm [Painting]. Oxford Art Online.

Untitled image:

Muybridge, E. (1887). [Photograph of a horse running]. Academic Search Complete.

No official APA format for image from a database exists - this is merely a recommended format to use in citing such documents.

Free Web

Ochoa, H. (n.d.). [Palm tree; photograph]. Unsplash.

Image reproduced in a printed source

Titled image:

Rousseau, H. (1896). The ship in the storm [Painting]. Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris. By Claire Fresches et al. National Gallery of Art. 232.

Untitled image:

Muybridge, E. (1887). [Photograph of a horse running]. River of shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the technological wild West. By Rebecca Solnit. Viking. 52.

Plate/image number (or, if this number is not available, the page number on which the image is printed) should follow the name of the publisher as shown.

More info

See Publication Manual, 10.14.