The Getty Adds Another 77,000 Images to its Open Content Archive


Last sum­mer we told you that the J. Paul Get­ty Muse­um launched its Open Con­tent Pro­gram by tak­ing 4600 high-res­o­lu­tion images from the Get­ty col­lec­tions, putting them into the pub­lic domain, and mak­ing them freely avail­able in dig­i­tal for­mat. We also made it clear — there would be more to come.

Yes­ter­day, the Get­ty made good on that promise, adding anoth­er 77,000 images to the Open Con­tent archive. Of those images, 72,000 come from the Foto Arte Minore col­lec­tion, a rich gallery of pho­tographs of Ital­ian art and archi­tec­ture, tak­en by the pho­tog­ra­ph­er and schol­ar Max Hutzel (1911–1988).

getty tapestryThe Get­ty also dropped into the archive anoth­er 4,930 images of Euro­pean and Amer­i­can tapes­tries dat­ing from the late 15th through the late 18th cen­turies.

All images in the Get­ty Open Con­tent pro­gram — now 87,000 in total — can be down­loaded and used with­out charge or per­mis­sion, regard­less of whether you’re a schol­ar, artist, art lover or entre­pre­neur. The Get­ty only asks that you give them attri­bu­tion.

You can start explor­ing the com­plete col­lec­tion by vis­it­ing the Get­ty Search Gate­way. Images can also be accessed via the Muse­um’s Col­lec­tion web­pages. Be sure to look for the “down­load” link near the images.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Open Con­tent pro­gram, please vis­it this page. For more open con­tent from muse­ums, see the links below.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Down­load 35,000 Works of Art from the Nation­al Gallery, Includ­ing Mas­ter­pieces by Van Gogh, Gau­guin, Rem­brandt & More

Down­load Over 250 Free Art Books From the Get­ty Muse­um

40,000 Art­works from 250 Muse­ums, Now View­able for Free at the Redesigned Google Art Project

LA Coun­ty Muse­um Makes 20,000 Artis­tic Images Avail­able for Free Down­load

The Rijksmu­se­um Puts 125,000 Dutch Mas­ter­pieces Online, and Lets You Remix Its Art

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  • Carl Heineck says:

    Please include me on your email list.

  • Benjamin Trejo says:


    No, that is NOT a schiz­o­phrenic com­ment…

    How won­der­ful it is that in today’s tech­nol­o­gy, beau­ti­ful pho­tog­ra­phy like these can be avail­able for peo­ple to enjoy World­wide. It’s won­der­ful. The World is made into a more beau­ti­ful place. Every­one ben­e­fits.

    How NOT won­der­ful it is that in today’s tech­nol­o­gy, beau­ti­ful pho­tog­ra­phy like this can be avail­able for peo­ple to enjoy all around the world. Its beau­ti­ful destroys itself.

    Same point, applies to oth­er cre­ative indus­tries; music. Where each “new” song, sounds like one already cre­at­ed.

    Pho­tog­ra­phers could make a liv­ing, because good pho­tog­ra­phy had val­ue. But val­ue is based on unique­ness.

    With Smart­phones, EVERYBODY is a “pho­tog­ra­ph­er.” Because of col­lec­tions such as this one at the Get­ty, the dig­i­tal high­way dilutes the val­ue of Pho­tog­ra­phy in gen­er­al.

    Of course there are always unique events that pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ty for a new clas­sic pho­to. And pho­tog­ra­phy, must go for­ward. Ide­al­ly with tal­ent­ed indi­vid­u­als. But how does a tal­ent­ed indi­vid­ual jus­ti­fy enter­ing this pro­fes­sion when pho­tog­ra­phy has been deval­ued from sheer vol­ume? Each new pho­to becom­ing avail­able with the rest of them free online. We march towards the time when no pho­to can be tak­en that does­n’t already look like a anoth­er.

    Hard to jus­ti­fy pay­ing for a pho­tog­ra­ph­er at a wed­ding, when every­body at the wed­ding is a pho­tog­ra­ph­er.

    A wor­ri­some mar­riage between tech­nol­o­gy and art. With each new beau­ti­ful pho­to online, anoth­er would be tal­ent­ed pho­tog­ra­ph­er, does not become a pho­tog­ra­ph­er.

    A slip­pery slope of beau­ty, that falls like a drop, into the ocean.

    Why start a pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness when some­one pho­tog­ra­phy already exists — that can replace your busi­ness before you even start?

    And then, we have A.I. Approach­ing at the speed of dig­i­tal. Anoth­er top­ic, but out­side the scope of this post.

    A top­ics to dis­cuss? If any­body would like to chime-in.


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