In the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s, archaeologists from the University of Michigan and Princeton made four expeditions to Saint Catherine’s monastery in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

In the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s, archaeologists from the University of Michigan and Princeton made four expeditions to Saint Catherine’s monastery in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

In the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s, archaeologists from the University of Michigan and Princeton made four expeditions to Saint Catherine’s monastery in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

In the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s, archaeologists from the University of Michigan and Princeton made four expeditions to Saint Catherine’s monastery in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

U of M’s Professor George Forsyth, the leader of the expeditions, described the monastery as “Christendom’s most vivid link with the past.”

U of M’s Professor George Forsyth, the leader of the expeditions, described the monastery as “Christendom’s most vivid link with the past.”

U of M’s Professor George Forsyth, the leader of the expeditions, described the monastery as “Christendom’s most vivid link with the past.”

U of M’s Professor George Forsyth, the leader of the expeditions, described the monastery as “Christendom’s most vivid link with the past.”

Michigan photographer Fred Anderegg used a portable photo lab - along with thousands of pounds of scaffolding and other equipment - to capture of one of the oldest functioning Christian monasteries in the world.

Michigan photographer Fred Anderegg used a portable photo lab - along with thousands of pounds of scaffolding and other equipment - to capture of one of the oldest functioning Christian monasteries in the world.

Michigan photographer Fred Anderegg used a portable photo lab - along with thousands of pounds of scaffolding and other equipment - to capture of one of the oldest functioning Christian monasteries in the world.

Michigan photographer Fred Anderegg used a portable photo lab - along with thousands of pounds of scaffolding and other equipment - to capture of one of the oldest functioning Christian monasteries in the world.

Anderegg’s use of scaffolding for his careful photo documentation reveals details and nuances beyond what can be seen by visiting the site in person.

Anderegg’s use of scaffolding for his careful photo documentation reveals details and nuances beyond what can be seen by visiting the site in person.

Anderegg’s use of scaffolding for his careful photo documentation reveals details and nuances beyond what can be seen by visiting the site in person.

Anderegg’s use of scaffolding for his careful photo documentation reveals details and nuances beyond what can be seen by visiting the site in person.

The Sinai collection contains an unprecedented scholarly resource: thousands of masterfully captured images revealing fourteen turbulent centuries of religious life in the Middle East.

The Sinai collection contains an unprecedented scholarly resource: thousands of masterfully captured images revealing fourteen turbulent centuries of religious life in the Middle East.

The Sinai collection contains an unprecedented scholarly resource: thousands of masterfully captured images revealing fourteen turbulent centuries of religious life in the Middle East.

The Sinai collection contains an unprecedented scholarly resource: thousands of masterfully captured images revealing fourteen turbulent centuries of religious life in the Middle East.

Welcome to the Visual Resources Collections

The VRC maintains nearly two million images of art. The collection’s roots are more than 90 years old and developed as a teaching collection to support faculty and students. As the University of Michigan’s History of Art evolved and became a center for scholarship, so did the VRC collection become an international resource.


Collection Spotlight: Borobudur

The Visual Resource Collection possesses thousands of photographs of this impressive temple compound in Java, Indonesia. They are a part of a large and diverse collection of Southeast Asian Art at the University of Michigan.


Richard Edwards Discusses the Palace Museum Collection

Richard Edwards, our pre-eminent Chinese Art emeriti faculty member, sat down with us recently to discuss his career and the creation of the Palace Museum Collection in the 1960s.

St. George

Illustration, possibly cut out from a book or other publication, depicting St. George

Collection Spotlight: St. George Collection of Cornelia Steketee Hulst

Hulst’s book St. George of Cappadocia in Legend and History (1909) sprung from her fascination with images of the saint and took shape as a book when she realized that sources were scattered and incomplete.