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NGA Images at the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art created a portal to over 45,000 digital images with the open access designation.   The images may be downloaded and used free of charge.  The terms of use include the works held by the National Gallery that exist in the public domain. Some pieces in the collection are still under copyright restriction. The goal of the open access designation is to promote scholarship, research and pleasure in the arts.  Established in 1937 by a gift of Andrew Mellon, the National Gallery’s collection sought to create a national art museum on par with the national museums such as the Louvre.  Items in the collection include works by Lippi, van Eyck, da Vinci and Bernini among others.

Open Content at the Getty

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has adopted an Open Content Program . The Getty provides free availability to all of the digital images in the collection for which the Getty either holds the right or for those that exist in the public domain.  The Getty does not restrict the the use of the images and does not require that permission be requested.  A more detailed outline of the rights statement can be found at the page outlining the philosophy behind the Open Content Program.

The Getty is the “world’s largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts.”  Its collection contains objects from antiquity, drawings, manuscripts, paintings, photographs and objects representing sculpture and the decorative arts. The Getty Search Gateway provides the doorway to the collection.