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Getty Just Made 4,600 Incredible Images Public Domain

These images must still be credited, but they can be used for both commercial and non-commercial material

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The J. Paul Getty Trust has an incredible collection of artwork including art from Monet, van Gogh, Rembrandt, da Vinci and more. Now, nearly 5,000 pieces of art from that collection have been opened up to the public for free use. You can browse the collection here, and it includes some incredible photographs of science and engineering like:

Image: Hippolyte Bayard, photographer , .
French, about 1842
Image (irregular): 27.7 x 21.6 cm (10 15/16 x 8 1/2 in.), 84.XO.968.5

Image: Roger Fenton, photographer , .
English, 1854 – 1858
Image: 38.1 x 30.3 cm (15 x 11 15/16 in.), 84.XP.452.3

 

Image: Louis-Émile Durandelle, photographer , Exposition universelle de 1889 / État d’avancement.
French, November 23, 1888
Image: 43.2 x 34.6 cm (17 x 13 5/8 in.) Mount: 65 x 50 cm (25 9/16 x 19 11/16 in.) Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22 in.), 87.XM.121.16

Image: Nadar , photographer , .
French, about 1863
Image: 8.8 x 5.6 cm (3 7/16 x 2 3/16 in.) Mount: 10.3 x 6.5 cm (4 1/16 x 2 9/16 in.), 84.XC.873.5906

 

Image: Unknown, photographer , Moon Crater.
British, late 1850s
Image: 13 x 16.5 cm (5 1/8 x 6 1/2 in.), 84.XP.259.16 

Along with some of these famous paintings:

Image: Claude Monet , Wheatstacks, Snow Effect, Morning (Meules, Effet de Neige, Le Matin).
French, 1891
Unframed: 64.8 x 99.7 cm (25 1/2 x 39 1/4 in.) Framed: 88.6 x 123.2 x 7.9 cm (34 7/8 x 48 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.), 95.PA.63

 

Image: Paul Cézanne , Still Life with Apples.
French, 1893 – 1894
Unframed: 65.4 x 81.6 cm (25 3/4 x 32 1/8 in.) Framed : 84.5 x 101.3 x 6 cm (33 1/4 x 39 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.), 96.PA.8

 

Image: Vincent van Gogh , Irises.
Dutch, 1889
Unframed: 71.1 x 93 cm (28 x 36 5/8 in.) Framed: 95.3 x 115.6 x 7.9 cm (37 1/2 x 45 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.), 90.PA.20

 Why would the Getty put their art online for free, you ask? They anticipated that question and addressed it in their announcement:

Why open content? Why now? The Getty was founded on the conviction that understanding art makes the world a better place, and sharing our digital resources is the natural extension of that belief. This move is also an educational imperative. Artists, students, teachers, writers, and countless others rely on artwork images to learn, tell stories, exchange ideas, and feed their own creativity. In its discussion of open content, the most recent Horizon Report, Museum Edition stated that “it is now the mark—and social responsibility—of world-class institutions to develop and share free cultural and educational resources.” I agree wholeheartedly.

These images must still be credited, but they can be used for both commercial and non-commercial material. They can be edited, built upon, and used however people please. And the Getty hopes you take them up on it.

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