State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

Website: https://hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/explore/artworks Conditions: Partially free. Images may be used free of charge for some kinds of academic work. However, images for publications still need to be requested and paid for as usual. The State Hermitage permits the use of the pictures of items from its collections and also the views of its buildings and halls … Continue reading State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

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Creative Commons Search

Website: https://search.creativecommons.org Conditions: CCSearch is the newly-out-of-beta search engine for around 300 million images marked as being freely licensed for Creative Commons use, across the internet. Its potential is good, but brings up a lot of modern and amateur images from Flickr and the like, even though many of the source sites are museums, galleries … Continue reading Creative Commons Search

Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM)

Website: https://www.slam.org/collection/objects/?show_on_view=false Conditions: If the content is marked 'public domain', it can be used for any purpose. Permitted Use. You assume all risk and responsibility for your use of any Content obtained through the SLAM Websites. Content in the Public Domain. Some Content on the SLAM Websites is in the public domain (“Public-domain Content”). You may download … Continue reading Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM)

PICRYL: The World’s Largest Public Domain Site

Website: https://picryl.com/ About: PICRYL is a search site linking together public doman image archives, many of which have been listed on this site previously, making it a very convenient central place to start searching for images. Images are available to download at the resolutions available from the provider. Please note that if you wish to … Continue reading PICRYL: The World’s Largest Public Domain Site

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Website: http://art.famsf.org/ Conditions: free for low-res non commercial use   The Materials are made available for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws. Users may download these files for their own use, subject to any additional terms or restrictions which may be applicable to … Continue reading Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Birmingham Museum of Art [USA]

Site: https://artsbma.org/collection/ Conditions: Open Content Program The Birmingham Museum of art makes available digital images of works in the Museum’s collection believed to be in the public domain. Images are available free of charge for any use, commercial or non-commercial. Users do not need to contact the Museum for authorization to use these images. They are … Continue reading Birmingham Museum of Art [USA]

Indianapolis Museum of Art (Newfields)

Site: http://collection.imamuseum.org Conditions: Free images available but hard to find. The official line is: 'Many images of public domain artworks are available for free download from the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields' collection pages. Simply look for the download icon to access a high resolution JPG file and begin using the image for any purpose. If you require … Continue reading Indianapolis Museum of Art (Newfields)

National Gallery of Denmark

Site: http://collection.smk.dk/#/en/ Conditions: The National Gallery of Denmark has initiated the campaign SMK Open to digitise and make available their collections with no restrictions 'During the first stage of the project, some 40,000 works will be made accessible. Approximately 15,000 of these will be available as high-resolution files that anyone can use for any purpose – … Continue reading National Gallery of Denmark

USEUM – aggregate image site

Site: https://useum.org/download-artworks Conditions: Useum is currently a beta site collating free images from museums around the world, although many come through Wikimedia. The landing page offers The Rijksmuseum Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) National Gallery of Denmark J. Paul Getty Museum Indianapolis Museum of Art National Gallery of Art, Washington  

York Museums Trust

Website: https://www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk/collections/ Conditions: Collections Image Policy A few key points to remember about the images that YMT has published on its online collection: All images currently published in the online collection are free from known third-party copyright restrictions All images in the online collection are free to download All images in the online collection are … Continue reading York Museums Trust

The Walters Art Museum

Website: http://art.thewalters.org Conditions: POLICY ON DIGITAL IMAGES OF COLLECTION OBJECTS USAGE Because the Walters owns or has jurisdiction over the objects in its collection and owns or customarily obtains the rights to any imaging of its collection objects, it has adopted the Creative Commons Zero: No Rights Reserved or CC0 license to waive copyright and allow for unrestricted … Continue reading The Walters Art Museum

Institute of Realism of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period – REALonline

Website: http://realonline.imareal.sbg.ac.at A website hosted by the University of Salzburg, containing searchable files of images and objects from the Middle Ages. The website is entirely in German, and the English search function doesn't appear to work. If you can negotiate through the somewhat cumbersome search interface there are wonderful pictures. Once you have selected images choose … Continue reading Institute of Realism of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period – REALonline

City of Antwerp Museums

Website: https://dams.antwerpen.be Institutions: includes the Rubens House, Plantin Moretus Museum (printing), Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, MAS and more. Their online collections database is being constantly updated. The interface is available on in Dutch at the moment. There are some guides to searching here: https://dams.antwerpen.be/api/lod-search The images are available for download directly as low res JPEGs or high … Continue reading City of Antwerp Museums