Metropolitan Museum of Art Unveils Free Image Access to Online Works

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-05-30 Print this article Print

With an amazing collection of more than 400,000 pieces of art in its online galleries, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City depicts it all in a spectacular catalog of online images that show the beauty of everything from paintings to sculptures to textiles and much more. The Met recently began providing those images to noncommercial users for free under a new Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) initiative aimed at helping students, educators, researchers, curators, academic publishers and others to use the photos without having to get permission. Previously, such images were provided for a fee and only upon written request. This means that the images of the colorful, dramatic and historic artwork can now be shared more easily in books, reports, papers and other scholarly works. Not all of the 2 million works of art in the Met are included because of copyright issues, they are on loan by private owners or other restrictions. The online galleries began in 2000.This slide show collects images of some of the artwork in the OASC-approved collection so that art lovers can enjoy them from afar. (Images: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Unveils Free Image Access to Online Works

    By Todd R. Weiss
    Metropolitan Museum of Art Unveils Free Image Access to Online Works
  • Manet's "Boating"

    French painter Edouard Manet painted this couple on a sailboat in 1874 on the Seine near Argenteuil, France, in this oil painting on canvas, titled "Boating." It was donated to the Met by Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer in 1929.
  • Van Gogh

    Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh painted this portrait, titled "L'Arlésienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux (Marie Julien, 1848–1911)," while he was staying in Arles, France, where he created many of his works. Painted 1888 to 1889, the oil on canvas portrait is one of two he created of this woman, who was the proprietress of the local Cafe de la Gare.
    Van Gogh
  • Costume Armor

    This elaborate costume, consisting of a decorative helmet and an embroidered tunic was made 1788 to 1790 by Halle dit Mercier, a Parisian costume maker, according to the museum. The materials used in the costume include linen, paper mache, bole, gold leaf, graphite, silk, cotton, metal coils and spangles, and metallic yarn.
    Costume Armor
  • Vermeer

    In this painting, "Study of a Young Woman," Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer captured the intriguing lighting, fabric and soft skin tone of its subject, as was common in Dutch paintings of its time. The oil on canvas work was painted 1665 to 1667.
  • Amun's Head

    This striking sculpture of the head of the god Amun dates back to the reign of Tutankhamun, 1336 to 1327 B.C., according to the museum. It is probably from Upper Egypt and is made from granodiorite.
    Amun's Head
  • Madame X

    American painter John Singer Sargent painted this classic oil painting, "Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)," 1883 to 1884. He originally painted it with the right strap of the gown slipping from the woman's shoulder but later repainted it with the strap in a vertical position due to criticism, according to the museum.
    Madame X
  • Meditation

    This marble sculpture, "Jain Svetambara Tirthankara in Meditation," dates back to the Solanki period in the first half of the 11th century in India. The sculpture was probably intended to represent Mahavira, the historical founder of Jainism, a religious observance, according to the museum.
  • Seurat

    French painter Georges Seurat's signature painting, "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte," is on display in the Art Institute of Chicago, but a smaller "Study for a Sunday on La Grande Jatte" is on display in the Metropolitan Museum. Painted in 1884 in oil on canvas, this final study for his signature work is a gem.
  • Mask

    Made of ivory, iron and copper, this "Queen Mother Pendant Mask: Iyoba" dates from the 16th century in Nigeria. It is believed to have been created for the King or "Oba" Esigie, the king of Benin, to honor his mother, Idia, according to the museum.
  • Renoir

    In this 1878-commissioned oil painting, "Madame Georges Charpentier (Marguérite-Louise Lemonnier, 1848-1904) and Her Children, Georgette-Berthe (1872-1945) and Paul-Émile-Charles (1875-1895)," French painter Auguste Renoir portrayed a mother and her two children who were posed with their family dog. The son (sitting on the chair) is dressed just like his sister, as was the custom at the time, according to the museum.
  • Tapestry

    This vibrantly colored Flemish tapestry portrays "The Triumph of Fame" and is a Renaissance-era tapestry that dates back to approximately 1502 to 1504, according to the museum. It is made of wool and silk and exhibits Fate's triumph over death.
  • Children

    Carved from cream-colored marble, this relief sculpture of "The Children of Jacob H. Schiff" by Irish-born sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens is delicate and sensitive in its portrayal of the children. It was created 1906 to 1907.
  • Religious Panels

    This work, "Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece)," which was created in the early Netherlandish style in the workshop of Robert Campin, was painted in oil on oak 1427 to 1432, according to the museum. The center panel focuses on the Virgin in prayer while the other panels portray Joseph, a woman and a messenger.
    Religious Panels

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