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Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Free Stuff: Art works

Here are two galleries that have not only digitised parts of their collections but offered those digitisations under open licenses:

Dujardin, Boy blowing soap bubbles (1663), Statens Museum for Kunst/National Gallery of Denmark,
The National Gallery of Denmark is piloting a Creative Commons Attribution license for 158 of its works. You can zoom in online or download the full resolution version. Most images also have a few paragraphs about the paintings and/or videos of gallery workers or artists talking about them.

The National Gallery of Art doesn't go into such depth about each image, but it makes up for it in volume with more than 20,000 images available under their own open access policy. Some of these are highlighted in special collections - and you can gather your favourites in your own "lightbox".

Deborah Fitchett
Liaison Librarian


Not sure about whether they offer open licenses, but both the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery (UK) have substantial collections of digitised artworks that can be downloaded, watermark-free. The BM's collections site has images of all kinds of material objects - personally I've found it a great place to access political caricatures from the late eighteenth/early nineteenth centuries. You can probably guess what the NPG is good for!

Posted by dmo59 at Friday, June 22, 2012 15:53:53

Thanks for the tips! NPG seems to allow use only for private research/study purposes ( The BM has a "free image service" for some images (http://www.britishmuseum.or...) which is a bit more open - images can be used in small educational non-commercial publications - though with some other restrictions attached. Of course often this is all the rights you need.


Posted by djf57 at Tuesday, June 26, 2012 16:12:04

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