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Metropolitan Museum gives free access to 375 thousand images

The New York Metropolitan Museum has provided free access to all high-quality images of masterpieces from its public domain collection. From now on they can be used both for scientific and commercial purposes. The new open access policy also introduces a partnership between the museum and global Internet resources.“Our extensive and diverse museum collection covers 5,000 years of world culture,” said the museum’s director, Thomas Campbell.Terrace in Saint-Adventure Claude Monet1867, 98.1 × 129.9 cmFor convenience, 20 thematic sections have been created: “masterpieces”, “cats”, “monsters and mythological creatures”, “impressionism and post-impressionism”, “winter fairy tale”, “Vincent Van Gogh "," Pre-refelites "," self-portraits "," gold "," George Sera "," Tiffany "and othersGo to the "cats" section ... And download the work you like

At the first stage, 375 thousand images of two hundred thousand works from the Met. Each photo has a resolution of 4000 pixels, which allows viewers to zoom in and out, viewing the masterpieces in the smallest detail.
Left: Jean Auguste Domenic Ingres, a fragment of the “Portrait of Princess de Broglie” (1851-1853) from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum

Detail of the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti "Lady Lilith" (1867)Screenshot of the official website of Met, dedicated to the picture of Pieter Bruegel the Elder "Harvest." Under the image below, there is a public domain sign (Creative Commons Zero, CC0 license) and a download button. The Metropolitan Museum is not the first institution in the world to open its collection. At the moment, free access to images of this magnitude has already been granted by the Museum of the Smithsonian Design Institute in New York, the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. But the uniqueness of the Met policy is in the partnership agreements that allow you to show his masterpieces to a wider audience. Users can download photos not only directly on the museum's website, but also on such popular resources as Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons, Artstor, Digital Public Library of America, DPLA, Art Resource, and Pinterest.In addition. , the representative of the Wikimedia Commons Richard Knipel will officially work in the Metropolitan Museum from now on.The jeweler in his shop (Saint Eligius) Petrus Christus1449, 100.1 × 85.8 cm “Our main mission is to be open and accessible to all who want to study and enjoy works of art from our collection. Expanding access to the collection and research of the museum serves the interests and needs of our audience in the 21st century, ”said Thomas Campbell. “In our digital age, the museum’s audience is not only 6.7 million people who visited three Met galleries in New York last year, but more than three billion Internet users around the world,” added Loic Tallon, head of the digital department of the museum. Read also: The largest private collector of Rembrandt and the old Dutch laid out the digitized collection onlineDeath of Socrates Fragment of Jacques-Louis David1787, 129.5 × 196.2 cm. Now the Metropolitan Museum has to digitize another million objects with public domain status. These are posters, prints, postcards and other printed products. According to materials from the official website of the Metropolitan Museum, news.artnet.com and artdaily.com

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