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Getty Adds 100,000 Images To The Digital Public Library of America

  A Rosa Bonheur sketchbook from 1847 with studies of plants, peasants, farm tools, decorative objects, landscapes, and human figures. The Getty Institute have added the metadata (licensed CC0 for 100,000 digitized art materials to The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), making them part of the searchable collection there. The DPLA is partnered with other […]

Google Art Project on Wikimedia Commons

Google Art Project images of two dimensional art in the public domain are available on Wikimedia Commons: The collection consists of 1,061 high-resolution images by 486 different artists from galleries including the Tate Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Uffizi in Florence. Some of the images are […]

The US National Gallery of Art Opens Up

The National Gallery of Art in the USA has opened up 35,000 images of works of art presumed to be in the public domain. The images are being made available at up to 3000 pixels wide, good enough to illustrate electronic articles and lectures. The above image is a Van Gogh from the collection. You […]

Tate Art Maps Will Be Open Data

The Tate Gallery are crowdsourcing location data for their collection. This means that the public can locate the subjects of representional artworks on the map and share this with the Tate. This kind of geodata is very useful for digital art history, as placing an artwork on the map palces it in the cultural and […]

Exciting News From The Getty

Exciting news from the Getty Research Institute today: The Getty Research Institute’s Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) is now available as linked open data under the  Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY) version 1.0 . You can access the vocabulary via a SPARQL endpoint (Update 2014-02-22: and download the dataset!) here: The AAT […]

ICONCLASS Is Now Linked Open Data

ICONCLASS is a subject classification system. It’s used to describe the subjects of artworks, the people, locations, scenes and concepts that make up an image. ICONCLASS consists of 28,000 hierarchically ordered concepts describing subject matter, divided into ten main areas.For example an image containing owls is 25F34, an image containing pheasant is 25F38(PHEASANT), or 43C113: […]

Tate Release Collection Metadata As Open Data

Image: “King George V, Accompanied by Queen Mary, at the Opening of the Modern Foreign and Sargent Galleries at the Tate Gallery, 26 June 1926” (1926) by John Lavery With over 70,000 works of art at four major locations and a global reputation, the Tate gallery is the UK’s leading art institution. Tate recently released their […]

Yale University

Yale University has an Open Access Policy that allows the fully free use of many of its reproductions of public domain art. You can read the policy here. To quote the policy: The Open Access Policy applies to digital images of works in Yale University’s museum, archive and library collections that are believed to be […]

Art Historical Data At The Data Hub

The Data Hub is the Open Knowledge Foundation’s directory of datasets. It’s a great resource for art history, especially in the Digital Humanities. Over the last few years more and more art and art history-related datasets and APIs have been listed: sets of images, geodata for public art, museum collection metadata, and databases of facts […]

Primary Sources at Google Books

Google Books can be used to download digitized books and journals that aren’t available on Here are some examples of what can be found. In English Modern art and living artists The Art journal The art of painting Works of art and artists in England The art of drawing in perspective Colour, as a […]

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