The Metropolitan Museum of Art Has Made 375,000 Images Available Online for Free Use

The Vision of Saint John by El Greco

Following other galleries and institutions that have done the same in recent years, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has just put approximately 375,000 images from their collection online and is allowing free access to (and unrestricted use of) any of the art in the public domain.

Using the license designation Creative Commons Zero (known as CC0), the museum’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, said in a news conference that “[i]ncreasing access to the collection has been a priority for over a decade.”

Netsuke of Musician, 19th century

He continued, “Increasing access to the Museum’s collection and scholarship serves the interests and needs of our 21st-century audiences by offering new resources for creativity, knowledge, and ideas. We thank Creative Commons, an international leader in open access and copyright, for being a partner in this effort.”

Wheat Field With Cypress by Vincent van Gogh

With the Met’s collection totaling around 1.5 million works of art, a portion of that will be added to the current free online offering including prints, engravings, and ephemera.

Check out some of the art that’s now available for use below:

Composition with the Yellow Half-Moon and the Y, 1918 by Paul Klee

A Farm in Brittany, ca. 1894 by Paul Gauguin

Horse and Rider Galloping, 1883–86, printed 1887, Eadweard Muybridge

Robe à la Française, 1750–75

By the Pond, ca. 1896 by Mary Cassatt

R.H. Russell & Son Calendar, 1897 by Edward Penfield

Cup Plate, 1825–60

Madonna and Child, ca. 1510, Workshop of Giovanni Bellini

(h/t New York Times; photos via Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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