Masterpieces, digitalized

Art, Articles, Culture, History

New York’s Museum of Modern Art has recently joined the ranks of the world’s most famous cultural institutions that made their collections available to the grand public… on the web. Here are the top 3 museums that allow you to download some of the world’s finest art – free of charge and in high resolution, as long as you don’t put the masterpieces to commercial use.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (LiNK)

The museum has already put up almost 400,000 of images on its “Open access for scholarly content” program me and plans to expand access to online databases even further. The biggest museum art collection online to date.What’s already in store? From masterpieces by Rembrandt and Monet to fine ceramics, crafty woodwork, jewelry, costumes and furniture.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (LINK)

The Dutch museum has already put some 150,000 masterpieces online. The Rijksstudio page offers the possibility to create your own gallery, as well as countless inspirations for your very own creations using the museum collections. Two words – creativity galore!

National Gallery of Art, Washington (link)

Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, Vermeer, Winslow and many others – thousands and thousands of legendary images.

Honorary mention: Google Art Project (LINK)

Gigapixels and gigapixels of art. Everything in the finest of details. Street view tours of some of the greatest galleries in the world. Google Art Project offers the best art experience on the web, thanks to collaborations with some of the most renown museum collections in the world. Thus far the project includes 401 collections and the partners of the project include Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the White House, Hermitage Museum of Saint-Petersburg and many others. Most definitely worth a visit!

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