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How to Reference a Painting in an Essay

Updated March 23, 2017

Citing a Painting in MLA Style

Step 1

List the painter's name, followed by a period. For example: Picasso, Pablo.

Step 2

List the title of the painting in italics, followed by a period.

Step 3

List the year the painting was completed, followed by a period.

Step 4

List in italics the name of the institution that houses the work, followed by a comma. For example: The Smithsonian,

Step 5

List the city in which the institution is situated, followed by a period.

Step 6

The finished citation should read: Picasso, Pablo. Man and Blue Guitar. 1936. The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

Citing a Painting in Chicago Style

Step 1

List the name of the painter, followed by a period. For example: Picasso, Pablo.

Step 2

List the title of the painting in italics, followed by a period.

Step 3

List the year the painting was completed, followed by a period.

Step 4

The finished citation should read: Picasso, Pablo. Man and Blue Guitar. 1936.

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