Thanks to the Met: Free Art to Download and Use for Non-Commercial purposes (including blogs)

Screen Shot 2014-05-26 at 11.44.44 AMMajor kudos to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

They have just released nearly 400,000 digital images of art that are now in the public domain.

This means you are free to download and enjoy all of this art on your computer. You are welcome to enjoy the images for your personal use (wallpaper, for example, on any of your devices). You can also use them for other non-commercial use on blogs and websites.

This became so popular since it was announced last week that the website for the Met crashed. Clearly this is a people pleaser, evident by the massive downloads.

Not everything is downloadable. The available art is indicated by a tag, OASC (Open Access for Scholarly Content).

If you are viewing an image that is downloadable, you will see the OASC tag on the page. I took a screenshot of this VanGogh, and you can clearly see the OASC label.

From Skitch-10

If you see the OASC tag, and you would like to download the image, just click on the down arrow that you see a bit to the right of “OASC”. A single tap on that arrow and the digital image is downloaded directly to your device. I’ve now downloaded several images, and it’s quick and easy.

What fun to browse through the art, and download favorites to “keep”!
I know I’ll be spending hours on their website.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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