Free Art Online – Open Content from the Getty

Getty’s  Open Content Program consists of digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain. Currently there are 100,714 high resolution images that can be downloaded and used for any purpose. No permission is required.

A very small sample of what kind of images are available.

A full set of playing cards from 1765, the jack of diamonds is shown below.

Göbl, Andreas Benedictus, 1765-1792 ink, gold board, with gilt edges ,ca. 1765 ,1 boxed deck of playing cards (79 prints) : etching, stencil, hand col. ; 11.5 x 7 x 3 cm. 

Familiar, famous paintings such as…

Irises,  Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 – 1890),1889,Oil on canvas, 74.3 x 94.3 cm 

308 Photographs of the American West by Charleton Watkins including this one of a town that Jimmy and I visited a few years ago.

[The Bullion Mine, Virginia City, Nevada], Carleton Watkins, photographer (American, 1829 – 1916), 1875-77, 38.3 x 54 cm

The quality of the downloaded images is much better than that of the enlarged thumbnails shown here. For example, the size of the downloadable file for “Irises” is 109 mb, suitable for printing at the original size of 29 1/4 inch by 37 1/8 inch.


3 thoughts on “Free Art Online – Open Content from the Getty

  1. I’m in the process of putting together information for a staff presentation… One of my little pieces in the total presentation on Art resources. I probably missed some treasures of the Getty, but will definitely mention these. The full set of playing cards is really wonderful. The Watkins photos of the American West are a treasure.

    It really is amazing what resources are out there. More info to come…


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