Access to the Index of Medieval Art Online Database is Now Free!

July 1, 2023

We are delighted to announce that access to The Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University online database is free to all users as of July 1, 2023. This change has been made possible by a generous bridge grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the ongoing support of the Department of Art & Archaeology. The Index looks forward to sharing its resources with students and scholars at all levels and with public learners seeking reliable information about medieval art and culture. 

“The Index was established at Princeton over 100 years ago, and at times it was as famous for its inaccessibility as for its scholarly value. Making access free to all is a major step in leveling the playing field for researchers and the public.” —Director of the Index of Medieval Art Pamela Patton

Medieval drawing of two frolicking musicians

Jongleurs from the Silos Beatus, 1091–1109 (London, British Library, MS Add. 11695), fol. 86r)

The database can be consulted at To facilitate expanded use, in the coming months, the Index will offer several online training sessions to introduce the database to those who may be unfamiliar with it, the schedule and signups for which will be publicized on its blog at and through the Index social media accounts. The first session will be held on August 3, 2023, from 10 to 11 am Eastern time. Index staff also remain available for researcher questions via the online form.