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MLA Citation, 8th ed.: Visual Art

Designed to provide a basic understanding of the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and writing style. MLA is commonly used for writing in the Arts and Humanities.

Citing your sources

Use the above dropdown menu to select examples of how various resources are cited in MLA Style.

There are 10 types of resources included in this guide:

 

For additional examples of other types of resources, or for more detail, please see Part 2, Chapter 2, "Works Cited," of The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th Ed.

Original Piece of Art

MLA 7th Edition

Basic Format:

Artist's/Creator's Name, First Name. Name of Work. Date of Creation. Medium. Name of Institution or Collection, Location.

Examples:

Painting:

Leutze, Emanuel. Washington Crossing the Delaware. 1851. Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Sculpture:

Bernini, Gian Lorenzo. Cardinal de Richelieu. 1641. Marble. The Louvre, Paris.

Photograph:

Abbott, Berenice. Fifth Avenue, Nos. 4, 6, 8. 1936. Photograph. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


MLA 8th Edition

Basic Format:

Artist's/Creator's Last Name, First Name. Name of Work. Date of Creation. Name of Institution or Collection, Location.

Examples:

Painting:

Leutze, Emanuel. Washington Crossing the Delaware. 1851. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Sculpture:

Bernini, Gian Lorenzo. Cardinal de Richelieu. 1641. The Louvre, Paris.

Photograph:

Abbott, Berenice. Fifth Avenue, Nos. 4, 6, 8. 1936. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Reproduction of Art

If the work is reproduced in another source (such as a book or website) then additional information will be required in the citation. To complete this type of citation include all of the information found above (but exclude the original medium of the work) and then include any bibliographic information for the secondary source.

 

Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo. Photogram. N.d. Museum of Mod. Art, New York. The Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography. Ed. Richard Bolton. Cambridge: MIT P, 1989. 94. Print.

 

For More Information see MLA Handbook 7th ed. Section 5.7.6

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