Public Domain Pictures from the Met

A lot of art falls in the pub­lic domain. Now the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Muse­um of Art has made it eas­i­er for you to use some of it. (And by “some” I mean “quite a lot”.)

For exam­ple, a high-res­o­lu­tion pho­to of Van Gogh’s paint­ing Sun­flow­ers is avail­able for me to use free of charge. You too.

And if Munch’s The Scream is more your cup of tea, well, they’ve got you cov­ered there too.

Have a look for your­self. If one of the 400,000+ pieces of art in their cat­a­logue strikes your fan­cy, check for the Pub­lic Domain icon (a lit­tle 0 in a cir­cle) and the down­load link. It appears that the pub­lic-domain con­tent com­pris­es 375,000 images, which, I think you’ll agree, is a lot.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to look at some J. M. W. Turn­er paint­ings.

Joseph Mal­lord William Turn­er (British, Lon­don 17751851 Lon­don)
The Lake of Zug, 1843
British,
Water­col­or over graphite; 11 34 x 18 38 in. (29.8 x 46.6 cm)
The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Muse­um of Art, New York, Mar­quand Fund, 1959 (59.120)
http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/337499

Thanks, The Met!

Thanks to my friend Kel­ly for point­ing out this Engad­get arti­cle on the top­ic.

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