Your own artwork

You may need to consult more than one section to accurately represent the source used (eg. number of authors and source descriptions)

These examples show you how to reference images that you include in your work. They are based on the Chicago Manual, sections 3.22, 3.27, 3.30 , 3.32 and 3.38. Please consult your lecturer or supervisor for specific requirements.

Images must have a caption, and a full citation in a list of figures. Give each image a figure number. You may abbreviate figure as fig. See Manual 3.23.

Format for captions

Elements, punctuation & capitalisation

Figure number. Artist, Title, year. Photographer (if not artist): Name of Photographer.

You may include information about the medium, dimensions and so forth. See Manual 3.22 and 3.27

Caption example

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Fig.1. Hannah Gartside, Ascension 1 (Angels), 2019.

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Fig.5. Kate Just, How I Will Change, 2018. Photographer: Simon Strong.

Format for list of figures

Elements, punctuation & capitalisation

Figure number. Artist (surname, given name). Title. date/year. Medium, dimensions of work. Repository/Gallery/Museum, City.

List of figures example

Fig.1. Gartside, Hannah. Ascension 1 (Angels). 2019. Found nighties, millinery wire, thread, steel, paint, 2.5 x 3 x 3m. The Stables, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.

Fig.5. Just, Kate. How I Will Change. 2018. Installation of neon texts, wall paint, dimensions variable. Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne.

Style notes for this reference type

  • The minimum information to include in a caption for artworks is artist, title, year.
  • Titles of artworks are italicised and in headline style. See Manual 3:22
  • Medium, dimensions and so forth should be included in the list of figures as appropriate. See Manual 3.22 and 3.27
  • Include a list of figures, using  bibliography format.
  • Bibliography examples are based on Manual 14.235

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