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



{{Artwork}} is an alternative to {{Information}} template used for the description of images of artworks, especially those residing in museums or galleries.
Faithful reproductions (without specific creative contribution from the photograph) of 2D art only require a license for the artwork, like {{PD-art}}. Copyrightable photos of 2D art and photos of 3D art (sculptures, structures, coins, gems, etc.) require a licence for the depicted artwork and a licence for the photograph itself. In such cases, {{Art Photo}} is recommended. See here for more information about copyright of the copied artwork.


|object history=
|exhibition history=
|credit line=
|accession number=

Use instead of {{Information}}


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
source Information about source of the file or the photographer. Possible values:
  • If image was found on the internet include original URLs (preferably two, embedding web page and image).
  • If it is a scan from a book than include the book references where you scanned it from (preferably with ISBN and page)
  • If it is your own or someone else photograph than provide the name of the photographer

Some examples:

Be aware what for 2D works like paintings only copyrights of the original artist are important so if the artist died more than 70 years ago most images found on the web or scanned from art books are OK. However in case of sculptures and other 3D works information about the photographer is important to justify the license.

empty optional
permission license information. Common license tag(s), include:
  • {{PD-art|PD-old-100}} <— file found on the web; artist died 100+ years ago
  • Artwork: {{PD-old-100}} Photo: {{PD-self}} <— file self-made; artist died 100+ years ago
blank field presented as: "See below." 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. 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
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
strict Ordinarily Artwork always show "Author" and "Source/Photographer". This default behavior can be overwritten by setting "strict=". Use only when file contains ways of specifying license and source, for example through additional {{Information}} template used to specify photograph info separately. 1 optional
demo "demo=1" will show all the fields used by the template empty or not. Meant to be used only in template: namespace when demonstrating template fields. Usual form is "demo=<noinclude>1</noinclude>". 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

See also

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


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

Multilingual example

Multilingual example.

|artist = {{Creator:Leonardo da Vinci}}
|title = {{langSwitch
 |en=The [[w:Mona Lisa|Mona Lisa]] (or ''La Joconde'', ''La Gioconda'')
 |fr=''[[:fr:La Joconde|La Joconde]]''
 |ca=La [[w:Mona Lisa|Mona Lisa]]
|date = {{other date|between|1503|1505}}
|medium = {{technique|oil|poplar panel}}
|dimensions = {{size|cm|76.8|53}}
|institution = {{Institution:Louvre}}
|location = Salle des États
|notes = 
|source = [http://cartelen.louvre.fr/cartelen/visite?srv=car_not&idNotice=14153 Musée du Louvre]
|permission = {{PD-Art|PD-old-100}}
|other versions = <gallery>
File:Mona Lisa.jpg|2,835 × 4,289 pixels
File:Mona_Lisa,_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci,_from_C2RMF_retouched.jpg|1,029 × 1,568 pixels
File:Mona Lisa-LF-restoration-v2.jpg|[[:File:Mona Lisa.jpg]] with reduced yellowing version 2)
File:Mona_Lisa,_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci,_from_C2RMF_retouched.jpg|743 × 1,155 pixels
File:Mona Lisa-restored.jpg|[[:File:Mona Lisa.jpg|Mona Lisa.jpg]] with colors adjusted)
File:Mona Lisa headcrop.jpg


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Standard categories associated with this template

Media articles missing out the template

English: If you detect an image without the template and this template would be suitable for it, add [[Category:Template:painting possible]] into that file if you are not able to insert the template. To find such images, check Category:Template:painting possible.
Deutsch: Medien ohne diese Vorlage — Solltest Du eine Mediendatei ohne diese Vorlage finden, obwohl diese dorthin gehört, gehe bitte auf “bearbeiten” und setze [[:Category:Template:painting possible]] an das Ende des Textes und speichere den neuen Text ab, sofern Du nicht in der Lage bist, die Vorlage einzufügen. Dateien ohne die Vorlage sind (idealerweise) in der Category:Template:painting possible zu finden.


Artist Template:Creator:Leonardo da Vinci
Title The Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, La Gioconda)
Date between and
Medium oil on poplar wood
Dimensions 76.8 × 53 cm (30.2 × 20.9 in)
Salle des États
Source/Photographer Musée du Louvre
(Reusing this file)
This is a faithful photographic reproduction of an original two-dimensional work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason:
Public domain

This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Dialog-warning.svg You must also include a United States public domain tag to indicate why this work is in the public domain in the United States.

<center>This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.

The official position taken by the Wikimedia Foundation is that "faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain, and that claims to the contrary represent an assault on the very concept of a public domain". For details, see Commons:When to use the PD-Art tag.
This photographic reproduction is therefore also considered to be in the public domain.

Please be aware that depending on local laws, re-use of this content may be prohibited or restricted in your jurisdiction. See Commons:Reuse of PD-Art photographs.</center>