400,000 beautiful digital images join the public domain from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

26 May 2014
400,000 beautiful digital images join the public domain from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released over 400 000 digital images of artwork in the public domain from its collection. The images are free for non-commercial use in any media.

The initiative is called Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) and was developed for the benefit of students, educators, researchers, and others involved in scholarly or cultural work. 

 

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, commented:

 

“Through this new, open-access policy, we join a growing number of museums that provide free access to images of art in the public domain. I am delighted that digital technology can open the doors to this trove of images from our encyclopedic collection.”  

 

Most of the images are high-resolution  and can be accessed at the Museum's online collection. The works that are available for download are marked with the "OASC" icon. Any images used should be credited to the Museum including the "Credit line" on each item's page. More information about how to access and use the images can be found on the OASC FAQs

 

Image: Example of OASC artwork

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