Artwork | 17th Edition

A paintbrush on a canvas. The first entry is a sample footnote/endnote as it would appear the first time that a work is cited. Remember, while our examples begin with “1.”, notes should be numbered based on the order they occur in the paper.

The second entry is a shortened version for subsequent notes from the same source.

The third entry is the bibliographic citation that will be found at the end of the work. A bibliography is alphabetized by author’s last name.

NOTE: Unlike the other major style guides, Chicago Style typically does not require writers to cite artwork in their bibliographies. Instead, the details of the artwork should be introduced in the text of the paper. If you are including the artwork as a figure in your paper (see our formatting guide), you should include a note as the caption. Your instructor may also want you to add the artwork to your bibliography page. Consult with them for further instructions.

Citations for a work of art should include the artist and title, a date of creation, the medium, and the location of the work. A URL should be included for works consulted online.

1. Francisco Goya, Saturn Devouring His Son, 1823, mixed media mural transferred to canvas, 143.5 cm × 81.4 cm, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid,
2. Goya, Saturn.
Goya, Francisco. Saturn Devouring His Son. 1823. mMixed media mural transferred to canvas, 143.5 cm × 81.4 cm. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

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