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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Shares 400,000 High-Res images for us to use!

Early last month, I wrote about the big news from Getty Images.Screen Shot 2014 05 20 at 10.25.20 AM 252x300 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Shares 400,000 High Res images for us to use!

Last week, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced

more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis.

Mr. Campbell acknowledges the influence and the value of the open access movement in his remarks:

Through this new, open-access policy, we join a growing number of museums that provide free access to images of art in the public domain. I am delighted that digital technology can open the doors to this trove of images from our encyclopedic collection.

The Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) initiative will make available images it believes to be in public domain and free of other known restriction.  Users searching the Met’s Collection Online will find the icon OASC%20Icon The Metropolitan Museum of Art Shares 400,000 High Res images for us to use! below images  that are part of the OASC initiative.  Download or save the image by clicking on the Download%20Icon The Metropolitan Museum of Art Shares 400,000 High Res images for us to use!  icon.

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The Cup of Tea, Mary Cassatt, ca. 1880–81

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Visit the OASC FAQs for further information.

Check out other generously shared museum collections:

The Met’s Publications Art Catalogs

Getty Images and free archived titles from the Getty Virtual Library

National Gallery of Art

Google Art Project

Rijksmuseum

Thanks again to @infodocket for this lead!

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Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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