The Getty Opens its Collection to Public for Unrestricted use of Digital Images

On Monday, the Getty announced it’s Open Content Program. The OCP will allow visitors to the site to download and share the Getty’s digital resources without any kind of restriction. The OCP contains high-resolution images, some up over 100 Mb, and of reproduction quality. In a statement on the Getty’s site, James Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, explains

The Getty was founded on the conviction that understanding art makes the world a better place, and sharing our digital resources is the natural extension of that belief. This move is also an educational imperative. Artists, students, teachers, writers, and countless others rely on artwork images to learn, tell stories, exchange ideas, and feed their own creativity.

You can browse the OCP collection by navigating to or by visiting the Getty site and looking for the “download” link on works in their collection. As part of the download process, the Getty will ask you how you intend to use the images. The Getty also asks that images used for reproduction run attribution: “Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.”

The Getty isn’t the first to share, but is part of a larger trend where museums and academic institutions are opening up their collections to the public. The Getty’s press release points to similar initiatives by the Walters Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, Yale University, the Los Angeles County Museum and others.

To read the Getty’s full press release go here.

Source: TheVerge

Image Credit: Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

Unknown maker, Flemish, 16th century Landscape with Mercury and Argus, about 1570, Oil on panel Unframed: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.) Framed: 56.5 x 66.7 x 5.7 cm (22 1/4 x 26 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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