US National Gallery of Art releases 35k public domain images

This week the US National Gallery of Art announced that over 35.000 images are currently available as public domain through their website, NGA images. Following the start of their Open Access policy in March 2012 (which you can read more about in this blog), the NGA has been adding more and more digital images of artworks in their collections, free for everyone to search, browse, share, and download and reuse to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.

As a natural extension of their mission, the NGA believes that “increased access to high quality images of its works of art fuels knowledge, scholarship, and innovation, inspiring uses that continually transform the way we see and understand the world of art” – a statement OpenGLAM definitely supports.┬áThis resource has now also been added to our overview of Open Collections.

John Constable (British, 1776 - 1837 ), Wivenhoe Park, Essex, 1816, oil on canvas, Widener Collection

John Constable (British, 1776 – 1837 ), Wivenhoe Park, Essex, 1816, oil on canvas, Widener Collection