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]

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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

Science Museum Group, UK

Website: http://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk/search?filter[image_license]=true Conditions: Images found on the above link are free to use for non-commercial use according to Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence This licence allows you to: BY (Attribution): Copy, distribute, display and perform our copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if you give us credit in the way … Continue reading Science Museum Group, UK

State Library of NSW

Website: https://primo-slnsw.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=SLNSW&tab=default_tab&sortby=rank http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au Conditions: Copyright and access information Except where otherwise noted, the Library’s datasets are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license. Any projects using State Library of NSW data in any way should be released under this same CC BY 3.0 AU license. For more information, you can see further definition of the … Continue reading State Library of NSW

Art Images for College Teaching

Website: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/a/aict/ Conditions: Permission is herin granted: to academic institutions to use these images freely and without further authorization in conjunction with educational activities such as teaching, research, and scholarly publication; to academic personnel for creative utilization of these images--including electronic enhancement, modification, manipulation, or combination with other free use images--in conjunction with teaching and … Continue reading Art Images for College Teaching

FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Website: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ Conditions: Download free and premium stock photos and illustrations for websites, advertising materials, newspapers, magazines, ebooks, book covers and pages, music artwork, software applications and much more. All our free images are of high quality, produced by our community of professional stock photographers and digital illustrators. Royalty free photos for business and personal … Continue reading FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Pixabay

Website: https://pixabay.com Conditions: On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 as public domain. You can copy, modify, distribute and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and without paying attribution. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy … Continue reading Pixabay

Flickr, Creative Commons Licensed Images

Website: https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons Conditions: A range of access permissions as below. May be hard to find a specific image but is a huge and ever updating source. Attribution means: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give you credit. Noncommercialmeans: You let … Continue reading Flickr, Creative Commons Licensed Images

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?