Template:Art Photo

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Object type
Accession number
Object history
Exhibition history
Credit line
(Reusing this file)
Other versions





A single template for metadata about photographs of artworks, mostly 3D artworks, like sculptures, figures, archeological artifacts, etc. It combines {{Artwork}} template, used for information about the artwork, and the {{Photograph}} template used for information about the photograph.


{{Art Photo
|object history=
|exhibition history=
|credit line=
|accession number=
|artwork license=
|photo description=
|photo date=
|photo license=

Use instead of {{Information}} or {{Artwork}}


Parameter name Description Default value required or optional?

artist Artist who created the original artwork. Use {{Creator:Name Surname}} with {{Creator}} template whenever possible. blank field presented as: "Author". optional
title Title of the artwork. Skip and use description field if artwork has no title. Use Language templates when translating and boldface the original-language title, for example:
  • {{en|''The Title of the Picture''.}}

Many frequently used titles have Multilingual tags are available, like {{Self-portrait}}.

  • {{en|Untitled, known as ''A Common Title'' or ''Another Known Title''.}}
empty optional
description Description of the content of the artwork (using multilingual templates like {{en}}). Often unnecessary in case of paintings when title is used. {{Depicted person}} template could be used to list depicted people. empty optional
date Date of creation of the original artwork by one of the following ways:
  • for simple dates use ISO 8601 format, e.g. "1234" or "2006-01-15" for "15 January 2006". The following formats are recognized:
    • YYYY
    • YYYY-MM
    • YYYY-MM-DD
  • for all other dates use {{date}} or {{other date}}
empty optional
medium (Alternative name: technique)
Medium (technique and materials) used to create artwork. Use, when possible:
empty optional
dimensions Dimensions of the artwork: 1D (length), 2D (width × height) or 3D (width × height × depth). Please use {{Size}} formatting template, such as:
  • {{Size|unit=cm|width=76.7|height=83.5}} <— gives Height<colon> 83.5 cm (32.9 in). Width<colon> 76.7 cm (30.2 in).
  • or {{Size|in|30.2|32.87}} <— gives 30.2 × 32.87 in (76.7 × 83.5 cm), if sizes are given in inches
  • Avoid using Language templates
empty optional
institution Gallery, museum or collection owning the piece. Use:

Template:Institution:Louvre Those tags are based on {{Institution}} and occupy Institution: namespace.

  • For lost pieces: "Stolen from (gallery) in (date)", "Lost by fire from (gallery) in (date)", or similar.
  • For private collection use {{Private collection}}
empty optional
location Location within the museum or gallery (preferred)
the city where the artwork is located (if not using Institution: tags with museum's location)
empty optional
references Books and websites with information about the artwork. Please use {{Cite book}} and {{Cite web}} templates. empty optional
object history Provenance (history of artwork ownership). Use {{ProvenanceEvent}}, {{Discovered}} and other similar templates. empty optional
exhibition history exhibition history empty optional
credit line Describes how the artwork came into the museum's collection, or how it came to be on view at the museum, for instance: Gift of the Friends of the Louvre Society, 1961—an important information for museological research. This line may also be part of the museum's obligations to the donor. Not to be confused with credit line attributing the photographer required by CC licenses empty optional
inscriptions Description of: inscriptions, watermarks, captions, coats of arm, etc. Use {{inscription}} empty optional
notes Additional information about the artwork and its history. empty optional
accession number Museum's accession number or some other inventory or identification number. Provide also link to museum database if available. empty optional
object type Intended for archeological artifacts, allows internationalization and links for more uncommon objects like skyphoi or situlas (automatically internationalized through template:I18n/objects) empty optional
artwork license License of the artwork. In case of ald artworks {{PD-old-100}} or {{PD-old-auto}} should be used. In case of newer artworks one might have to include {{PermissionOTRS}} template. empty optional
artwork empty optional
photo description Description of the photo empty optional
photo date Date photo was taken empty optional
photographer Name of the photographer empty optional
source source of the photographs. Use {{own}} if image was uploaded by the photographer. Otherwise provide information on where the photograph came from. empty optional
photo license license of the photograph. Can also include {{PermissionOTRS}} template. empty optional
other_versions Links to files with very similar content or derivative files; use thumbnails or <gallery></gallery>. empty optional
other_fields Additional table fields added to {{Photograph}} section. Easiest way to use it is through {{Information field|name=Field Name|value=Field Value}}. There are also other_fields_1, other_fields_2, and other_fields_3 for placing fields in other locations. empty optional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the File namespace

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users

Placement: At the top of the page

Relies on:
{{Artwork}} and {{Photograph}}

See also

{{Artwork}}, {{Photograph}}, {{Information}}, {{Book}}, {{Musical work}}


This template is localized by utilizing MediaWiki namespace messages. These can be translated at translatewiki.net (current translations).