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Digital Humanities

Images - Free Access (mostly)


The Rijksmuseum offers high-res digital downloads free for non-commercial use.

Currier Museum of Art: A quick resource guide for fair use images here: 

NGA Images (National Gallery of Art in Washington DC

LACMA unrestricted images collection:

The Walters Art  Museum

The British Museum Free Non-Commercial Use Images:

Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. Another great resource for digital images

Getty Open Content Program: High resolution images of works from the Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute that are in the public domain and may be used freely.


Brown University. The list is annotated and includes notes when images are freely available:

University of Colorado, Boulder: (scroll down to the "Find Images Elsewhere on the Web")

UCLA : You might also find some use in the Creative Commons, Open Content, & Public Domain images tab of my Image Resources research guide at:

Yale Digital Commons has 250,000 images "without license."

General Resources

Artsy (public domain images):

CAA (College Art Association) is also keeping a list at

Flickr Commons: almost everything is downloadable.

Wikimedia Commons
 tries to aggregate a number of institutions' free content.

Web List of Contemporary Art Museums Worldwide 

One thing I always have hesitations about, in these lists we call "free" or "open" image sources, is that when I read the fine print on the museum sites there are often qualifications.  Even Creative Commons licenses depend on the uploader in fact having copyright ownership of what s/he is uploading.  There are Picasso paintings on Flickr with the photographer (not Picasso) giving an open access license.


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