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Claude Monet, 1880. (CC0 Paris Musées / Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais)


Over 100,000 artworks from Paris museum collections now available free online

It has been announced that 14 major Paris museums are now offering over 100,000 digital reproductions of artworks in the city’s museums which will be made available for free online.

Paris Musées has made iconic pieces of work by the likes of Rembrandt and Gustave Courbet available without restrictions or charge as part of the new project, allowing the viewers to download through its Collections portal—a public space which collects work from all 14 major museums.

Valentina Di Liscia, the Hyper Allergic writer, states: “Users can download a file that contains a high definition (300 DPI) image, a document with details about the selected work, and a guide of best practices for using and citing the sources of the image,” before explaining that the files are released under the under a CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) license.

Paris Musées, detailing the decision to make the work available online, stated: “Making this data available guarantees that our digital files can be freely accessed and reused by anyone or everyone, without any technical, legal or financial restraints, whether for commercial use or not,” in a press release.

They added: “We are ensuring they can easily, enduringly, freely and instantly use High Definition images to support their research, their teaching and their publications, thereby improving their physical and digital cultural mediation tools.”

Iconic work by the likes of Claude Monet, Eugène Delacroix, Anthony van Dyck, Rembrandt and thousands more can be accessed digitally under the new project. The Paris Musées collection includes iconic institutions such as Maison de Balzac, The Catacombs, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais and more under its umbrella.

Head here to view the online archive.

Pierre Bonnard, 1936. (CC0 Paris Musées / Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris)