Works of art

Information on how to cite works of art is not included in the APA Manual (6th edition) but information is available on their blog.

Example - original work of art

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Example, including punctuation

Artist(s) (capitals)

Sargent, J.S.

Year in which the work of art was created


Title of the work of art (italics)

Lady Agnew of Lochnaw.

Type of artwork


City where the work of art can be seen (including country or U.S. state)

Edinburgh, Scotland:

Gallery or other institution in which the work of art can be seen

National Gallery of Scotland.

NB. If the work of art is not currently being exhibited, the city and institution can be left out of the reference.

Citation in your text

(Sargent, 1907)

If you have used the name of the artist and the title of the work of art in your sentence then only the year of its creation is placed after it in brackets.

Sargent's Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1907) ...

Reference list/bibliography:

Sargent, J.S. (1907). Lady Agnew of Lochnaw. [Painting]. Edinburgh, Scotland: National Gallery of Scotland.


Associated examples

Original work of art which you have seen on a webpage

Wyeth, A. (1948). Christina’s world [Painting]. Retrieved from

(Wyeth, 1948)

Original work of art where the artist is not normally known by his or her full real name

Rembrandt. (1642). The Nightwatch. [Painting]. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rijksmuseum.

(Rembrandt, 1642)