Download Over 250 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum

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Yesterday, we wrote about the Wellcome Library’s opening up of its digital archives and making over 100,000 medical images freely available online. If you’ve already made your way through this choice selection (or if the prospect of viewing a 19th century leg amputation doesn’t quite pique your curiosity) have no fear. Getty Publications just announced the launch of its Virtual Library, where readers can freely browse and download over 250 art books from the publisher’s backlist catalogue.

The Virtual Library consists of texts associated with several Getty institutions. Readers can view extensively researched exhibition catalogues from the J. Paul Getty Museum, including Paul Cézanne’s late-life watercolours, when the painter raised the still life to a high art (Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors, 2004), as well as the woefully underappreciated Flemish illustrations of the 15th and 16th centuries (Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript, 2003).  The collection also contains detailed treatises on art conservation from the Getty Conservation Institute, and scholarly works from the Getty Research Institute, both of which include a multitude of books on specialized topics. Fancy reading about the relationship between Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, the two legendary 17th century painters who lived in the Netherlands’ city of Antwerp? There’s a book on that. Intrigued by all the prostitutes in French impressionism? Try Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era (2003). Perhaps you’re partial to ancient vases, and have already read The Colors of Clay (2006), Pots & Plays (2007), and Greek Vases (1983)? Don’t worry, the Getty’s virtual library has at least 8 more vase-oriented books.

All of the Getty’s virtual library volumes are available in PDF format, and can be added to your Google Books library. If you’re looking for more free art books, don’t miss our post from last year: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Offer 474 Free Art Books Online.

Ilia Blinderman is a Montreal-based culture and science writer. Follow him at @iliablinderman.

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  1. William says . . . | January 22, 2014 / 3:30 am

    that’s nice online e- book of Software and Society .Technology and Economics Book is so understandable.

  2. Katya Caso says . . . | January 22, 2014 / 5:59 am

    Love to see Art Books.

  3. ROBERTO MOGNIER says . . . | January 22, 2014 / 8:49 am

    Hola … !
    Soy artista ( pintor y escultor expresionista ) y profesor de Arte en la Universidad … así que me interesa todo lo relacionado con Arte Contemporaneo…
    mil gracias
    Roberto Mognier http://WWW.MOGNIER.MX

  4. Michael says . . . | January 22, 2014 / 10:31 am

    I am going on a sailing trip. do you have a link to download simply all of it?

    sincerely

    michael

  5. julie says . . . | January 22, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    Thankyou x

  6. Victor Arcega says . . . | January 22, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Thank you.

  7. helen colella says . . . | January 22, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    what a wonderful resource! thank you.

  8. Todd says . . . | January 23, 2014 / 4:21 am

    Antwerp is in Belgium

  9. pichet wanavit says . . . | January 23, 2014 / 9:27 am

    Thanks a lot 4 what u’ve done.

  10. James says . . . | January 23, 2014 / 10:49 am

    Todd: “in 1830, … Belgium seceded from the Netherlands…” So it was “the Netherlands’ city of Antwerp in the “17th century.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium

  11. tieneke van montfort says . . . | January 23, 2014 / 11:31 am

    I am looking forward to see your books made digital.

  12. Hugo Ortiz says . . . | January 23, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Looking forward to see your digital books

  13. Sami Swan Thompson says . . . | January 24, 2014 / 10:42 am

    Thank you for making so much information freely accessible to so many people. I’m unable to drive anymore, and I live on a fixed income. Open Culture will provide a new resource for me – books for research as well as entertainment – and I appreciate the access more than I can express.

    Cheers,
    Sami Swan Thompson

  14. Dan Colman says . . . | January 25, 2014 / 7:39 am

    Thanks for your comments Sami. I am glad that we can be there for you!

    Best regards,
    Dan

  15. Bruce Bae says . . . | January 26, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    Thanks for your valuable share!!

  16. sylvia laidman says . . . | January 27, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    how does one download a book to either a Kindle or a Google Nexus? Thank you…

  17. Agnes S. Barsaga says . . . | February 2, 2014 / 2:59 am

    Great! Very informative… Thanks for contributing to the humanity.

  18. SONJA SANDERS says . . . | February 4, 2014 / 4:31 am

    THANK YOU EVER SOOOOO MUCH RUNS ART SCHOOLS AND NO FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR OUR AFRICAN KIDS AS EVERYTHING FREE OF CHARGER STUDENTS

  19. Dr Neville Dawson says . . . | February 5, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    What a wonderful thing you are doing. Thank you. Looking forward.

  20. trine steen mortensen says . . . | February 19, 2014 / 5:39 am

    Thank you for sharing those wonderful artbooks with us

  21. Eston says . . . | March 28, 2014 / 5:58 am

    This is excellent for persons who have difficulty getting access to hard copy reading material and education.

  22. Nunes says . . . | April 5, 2014 / 2:40 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  23. Rashidah Bolhassan says . . . | May 10, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    Thank you soo much for sharing.

  24. Tyree says . . . | July 13, 2014 / 5:59 am

    This is an amazing resource! Thank you for gathering and sharing!

  25. Jo Ann Parsons says . . . | July 18, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Wonderfil sight!! Thank you for all the free downloads!

  26. hadi says . . . | July 31, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    aga mizan

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