LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Website: http://collections.lacma.org Conditions: The Content on the Site marked "Public Domain High Resolution Image Available" consists of images of works from LACMA's permanent collections that are currently available in "high resolution" format and that LACMA believes are in the public domain. LACMA is providing high resolution images of these works free of charge and for use … Continue reading LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) / Artstor

Website: http://www.artstor.org/library Conditions: Initiated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007, IAP provides free print-quality images for use in scholarly publications. IAP is available as an optional service to Artstor Digital Library contributors. Scholars at institutions that subscribe to Artstor can access these images through the Digital Library. Simply add IAP to your search criteria; … Continue reading Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) / Artstor

Yale Center for British Art

Website: http://britishart.yale.edu/collections/search Conditions: Thousands of images of works in the Center’s collection believed to be in the public domain are available for free through the Center’s online collection catalogue. Under Yale University’s Open Access Policy, anyone may use the Center’s open access material without further application, authorization, or fees due to the Center or to Yale. Source: http://britishart.yale.edu/collections/using-collections/image-use

Yale University Art Gallery

Website: http://artgallery.yale.edu/collection/search Conditions: Thousands of images of works in the Gallery’s collection believed to be in the public domain are available for free download through the Gallery’s website. Under Yale University’s Open Access Policy, anyone may use the Gallery’s open-access material without further application, authorization, or fees due to the Gallery or to Yale. Source: http://artgallery.yale.edu/using-images http://ydc2.yale.edu/documentation/faq-open-access-digital-representations-works-public-domain-museum-library-and-archive

The Met, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Website: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection Conditions: UPDATE  - On February 7, 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art implemented a new policy known as Open Access, which makes images of artworks it believes to be in the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and … Continue reading The Met, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

NPG, National Portrait Gallery, London

Website: http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/ Conditions: Where available, through this self-service licensing and download facility, images can be obtained for reproduction in non-commercial scholarly books and journals, and certain other specified non-commercial uses, free of charge. Where not available through this facility, images must be obtained through our other licensing options, and additional costs (and therefore charges) will apply. … Continue reading NPG, National Portrait Gallery, London

The National Gallery, London

Website: http://www.nationalgalleryimages.co.uk Conditions: This waiver is intended for projects in which the scholar is personally responsible for paying reproduction fees and is not available to commercial organisations. We consider a project to be scholarly when its primary intention is to broaden knowledge and when it is based on original research. Exclusions - the following uses are … Continue reading The National Gallery, London

V&A, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Website: http://collections.vam.ac.uk Conditions: For print-based academic publications: this means the one-time use of Content (ie for one edition only) for a printed publication by an academic publisher with a print-run of up to and including 4,000 copies. The permissions granted in these Terms of Use are for inside publication use only: The use of Content on … Continue reading V&A, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Why?

Every academic author knows the pain of getting the image permissions for their articles, books and other publications. It takes a huge amount of time, money and frustration. However, many institutions will allow free reproduction of images of their collections for academic publications if they fulfil certain criteria, depending on the institution. This site lists those … Continue reading Why?