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Marchesa Casati

Augustus Edwin John, The Marchesa Casati 1919. Oil on canvas. Purchase, 1934. #2164 © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario

Find the image you need from the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the most distinguished art museums in North America. Our remarkable museum is home to over 95,000 works of art, from the vast body of signature Canadian works, European Masters, photography, cutting edge contemporary art, to Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents. In 2002, Ken Thomson's generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Artfully interpret our fabulous collection using an image in its entirety or a tiny detail. AGO Images licenses to scholarly, personal use and commercial clients worldwide.

The AGO’s Digital Studio is staffed by the industry’s leading art photographers and imaging staff. Our high-tech equipment and expertise enable us to produce the best art and museum photography available.

Our Licensing team is available to assist you: take advantage of our full research services including image selection and advice on copyright permissions. New digital content is added weekly and art in our collection can be digitized for your project. Please inquire if you cannot find the image you are looking for.

To order an image, please use the following form:

Contact us at: or call: 416-979-6660 x236 or x510

Art Gallery of Ontario, Image Resources, 317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1G4

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Browsing the Online Collection

There are a few ways to browse the Online Collection:


On the homepage, you can browse curated selections from our collection.

Categories Page

On the categories page, you can view objects by type.

People Page

On the people page, you can browse individuals and/or institutions related to objects in the collection, along with relevant biographies and objects.

Public Collections

On the public collections page, you can browse user-created collections. You can add your own collections to community collections by registering on the site and creating collections that are marked "public".

Searching the Online Collection

Quick Search/Advanced Search

Enter keywords or names in the search box (Quick Search) to find objects or other records in our collection. To search on specific criteria, you can use the advanced search to search within certain data fields. You can search using multiple criteria, such as the term "portrait" in the title + a date range of "1800-1900". If you are not getting any results with advanced search, try broadening your search by removing criteria.

Search Tips
  • You can use an * (asterisk) as a wildcard in searches, to match partial terms (e.g. draw* will return results for draw, drawn, drawings, etc.)
  • Use quotation marks to get more exact results - e.g. John Doe will return any results with John or Doe, but "John Doe" will return results with this exact phrase.

Viewing Search Results

Types of Results

There are different types of search results, such as object records and people records. When there is more than one type of result, you can click on these different tabs to view different types of records.


You can view a set of results in an image grid or list view. Use the dropdown to switch between different types of views.

Filter Panel

You can refine a result set by opening the filter panel and using filters to narrow down results. For example, you can filter to see only works that have images within any result set. You can also clear each filter to revert to a larger result set, or clear all filters to get to your original result set.

Collect Panel

Once you've registered an account on the site, you can create your own collection sets and add artworks to them. You can multi-select artworks on each page by clicking the symbol, and this will open the collect panel. Click the "add" button to choose which collection to add the selected objects. You can also drag images into each collection set to add artworks.

Info Panel

The info panel, when available, contains additional information related to a search or set of objects.


Why is an image shown as not available?

An image may be shown as not available if it is not yet available in our database, or if it cannot be displayed for copyright reasons.

My Collections

What Are My Collections?

My Collections allows you to create your own collections from the artworks available on this site. You can share your collections with others, or create groups of artworks for your own viewing (My Collections are private by default).

You can optionally add a description for each collection set, or add notes to individual artworks.

How Do I Use My Collections?

To use My Collections, you must first register an account. Once you have completed registration, you can start creating collection sets and adding artworks to them. You can add artworks to your collection set by clicking on the star symbol while viewing objects, and selecting which collection set to add the artwork(s). You can also open the Collect Panel and drag images into the collections you've created.

How Do I Share a Collection With Someone Else?

If you mark your collection set public, this collection will be visible to others in the "Community Collections" section. The option to mark a collection as public is available when you edit your collection.

You can also view your collection set and copy the url link to share these objects with others. You can view your collection sets by logging in and going to the "My Collections" page or by opening the Collect panel.