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.

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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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