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Open Content Program (The Getty)

The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required. For additional information please see the related press releases, as well as overviews of each phase of the program on The Getty Iris. Why Open Content? The Getty adopted the Open Content Program because we recognized the need to share images of works of art for free and without restriction, so that all those who create or appreciate art—scholars, artists, art lovers, and entrepreneurs—will have greater access to high-quality digital images for their studies and projects. Art inspires us, and imagination and creativity lead to artistic expressions that expand knowledge and understanding. What's in Open Content? Access to Open Content Images All of the images can be found on Getty Search Gateway, and the J. Open content images are identified with a "Download" link.

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Smithsonian Digitizes & Lets You Download 40,000 Works of Asian and American Art Art lovers who visit my hometown of Washington, DC have an almost embarrassing wealth of opportunities to view art collections classical, Baroque, Renaissance, modern, postmodern, and otherwise through the Smithsonian’s network of museums. From the East and West Wings of the National Gallery, to the Hirshhorn, with its wondrous sculpture garden, to the American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery---I’ll admit, it can be a little overwhelming, and far too much to take in during a weekend jaunt, especially if you’ve got restless family in tow. (One can’t, after all, miss the Natural History or Air and Space Museums… or, you know… those monuments.) In all the bustle of a DC vacation, however, one collection tends to get overlooked, and it is one of my personal favorites—the Freer and Sackler Galleries, which house the Smithsonian’s unique collection of Asian art, including the James McNeill Whistler-decorated Peacock Room. (See his “Harmony in Blue and Gold” above.) via Kottke

Official Kids Guide to the Smithsonian Links to Online Activities Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian features QR codes that direct readers with smart phones to great activities online. Below are links to access those activities from your computer. Museum Dos & Don'ts p. 5, Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian: The Official Kids Guide to the Smithsonian website National Museum of Natural History p. 56, Explore the Hall of Mammals p. 63, Learn What It Means To Be Human p. 71, Explore the Dynamic Earth p. 72, The Dynamic Earth: Why the Hope Diamond Glows p. 81, Insect Identification Guide p. 85, Wrap-Up: What's New World Digital Library Home No other symphonic composition has met with such a broad and complex reception as Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony Number 9 in D minor, opus 125, popularly known as the Choral Symphony. The work marked an important development in 19th century music. In the finale, Beethoven set to music the German poet Friedrich von Schiller’s An die Freude (Ode to joy), the first time the human voice was included in a symphonic work. The symphony was first performed in Vienna on May 7, 1824.

Jheronimus Bosch - the Garden of Earthly Delights About this project The interactive documentary Jheronimus Bosch, the Garden of Earthly Delights provides an in-depth tour though The Garden of Earthly Delights. In a web interface the visitor will be taken on an audio-visual journey, including sound, music, video and images to enrich the storytelling. Synopsis Resources for Artists: Public Domain Images From the Book Infant's Cabinet of Birds & Beasts - elusivemu.se Elusive Muse is pleased to present a few pages from the public domain book, Infant’s Cabinet of Birds & Beasts. For the rest of these illustrations or for even more public domain resources, drawing references and collage fodder join our special facebook group, MUSE STUDIO where we feature an extensive library of reference material for artists.

Every Exhibition Held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Presented in a New Web Site: 1929 to Present Images courtesy of MoMA We all hate it when we hear of an exciting exhibition, only to find out that it closed last week — or 80 years ago. New York’s Museum of Modern Art has made great strides toward taking the sting out of such narrowly or widely-missed cultural opportunities with their new digital exhibition archive.

Resources for Artists: Public Domain Images From the Book The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm - elusivemu.se Elusive Muse is pleased to present a few pages from the public domain book, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. For the rest of these illustrations or for even more public domain resources, drawing references and collage fodder join our special Facebook group, MUSE STUDIO where we feature an extensive library of reference material for artists. Resources for Artists: Public Domain Book - Le Costume en Orient - elusivemu.se Search Resources for Artists: Public Domain Book - Le Costume en Orient April 20, 2015 |In Resources, Daily Muse, Collage Fodder, Drawing References Old Book Illustrations: Free Archive Lets You Download Beautiful Images From the Golden Age of Book Illustration Needless to say, before the development and widespread use of photography in mass publications, illustrations provided the only visual accompaniment to religious texts, novels, books of poetry, scientific studies, and magazines literary, lifestyle, and otherwise. The development of techniques like etching, engraving, and lithography enabled artists and printers to better collaborate on more detailed and colorful plates. But whatever the media, behind each of the millions of illustrations to appear in manuscript and print---before and after Gutenberg---there was an artist. And many of those artists’ names are now well known to us as exemplars of graphic art styles. It was in the 19th century that book and magazine illustration began its golden age.

3,900 Pages of Paul Klee's Personal Notebooks Are Now Online, Presenting His Bauhaus Teachings (1921-1931) Paul Klee led an artistic life that spanned the 19th and 20th centuries, but he kept his aesthetic sensibility tuned to the future. Because of that, much of the Swiss-German Bauhaus-associated painter's work, which at its most distinctive defines its own category of abstraction, still exudes a vitality today. And he left behind not just those 9,000 pieces of art (not counting the hand puppets he made for his son), but plenty of writings as well, the best known of which came out in English as Paul Klee Notebooks, two volumes (The Thinking Eye and The Nature of Nature) collecting the artist's essays on modern art and the lectures he gave at the Bauhaus schools in the 1920s. "These works are considered so important for understanding modern art that they are compared to the importance that Leonardo’s A Treatise on Painting had for Renaissance," says Monoskop. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site.

New York Public Library Invites a Deep Digital Dive Photo Mansion Maniac, a whimsical online toy created by the New York Public Library, may seem like envy bait for the real-estate have-nots. With the help of a Pac-Man-like icon, users can explore the floor plans of some of the city’s most extravagant early-20th-century residences, culled from the library’s archives. But the game is what you might call a marketing teaser for a major redistribution of property, digitally speaking: the release of more than 180,000 photographs, postcards, maps and other public-domain items from the library’s special collections in downloadable high-resolution files — along with an invitation to users to grab them and do with them whatever they please.

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