The Met Museum digitizes the entire collection and releases over 375,000 images for free

Feb 15, 2017

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

The Met Museum digitizes the entire collection and releases over 375,000 images for free

Feb 15, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The Met Museum in New York recently published over 375,000 images under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.  In other words, this is 375,000 images to use as you like, free of charge and without any restrictions.

There are photos of artworks and different historical items in the collection. But what will make photographers especially happy is a vast number of photographs under CC0 license. They were taken in various techniques, depicting all sorts of events, people, and objects. And they are all recorded in different periods of photographic history.

On February 7, 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art implemented a new policy known as Open Access. This policy makes images of artworks in the public domain “widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation.”

The collection under CC0 license adds to the already digitalized collection of 200,000 public-domain artworks. This latest addition is a part of the Met Museum’s Open Access policy, available for everyone as a part of the digital library. You can easily search the collection using filters, and you will definitely find plenty of material for any purpose.

Under each photo, there are information about the artwork, including title, maker, date, culture, medium, and dimensions. And here are some of the photos from the gallery:

 

Unknown Artist [12 Year Old Mother, Malay, Batavia], 1860s–70s, Albumen silver print from glass negative
Guillaume-Benjamin-Armand Duchenne de Boulogne [Icono-photographique. Mécanisme de la Physionomie Humaine. Fig. 65, 1854–56], printed 1862, Albumen silver print from glass negative
Unknown Artist, [The Countess Canning, Simla], 1861, Albumen silver print
Suzuki Shin’ichi [Newsman], 1870s, Albumen silver print from glass negative
Lewis Carroll [St. George and the Dragon], June 26, 1875, Albumen silver print from glass negative
Wilson Alwyn Bentley [Snow Crystal], 1890s–1920s, Gelatin silver print
George Collins Cox [Frances and Ethel de Forest, daughters of Robert de Forest], ca. 1890, Albumen silver print
I really enjoyed browsing through the gallery. There are plenty of photos of all kinds and for any purpose. You can learn from them, find out new facts or simply compare the past and the present. No matter if you are an art teacher, a writer, a photographer or just want to browse through history of art in digital form – you can benefit from this gallery. I’m glad the Met Museum has decided to share their collection with everyone. It’s great that even us in the other part of the world can take a peek at this incredibly rich collection of art.

No matter if you are an art teacher, a writer, a photographer or just want to browse through the history of art in digital form – you can benefit from this gallery. I’m glad the Met Museum has decided to share their collection with everyone. It’s great that even us in the other part of the world can take a peek at this incredibly rich collection of art.

[via NBC News]

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4 responses to “The Met Museum digitizes the entire collection and releases over 375,000 images for free”

  1. Jose Gaston Barriga Avatar
    Jose Gaston Barriga

    Cool information, I went to the provided website and saw more images. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      I think the collection continues to grow, which is wonderful. Enjoy the browsing! :)

  2. Allan Alcibar Avatar
    Allan Alcibar

    Sick

  3. relinquis . Avatar
    relinquis .

    lovely