The Getty Open Content Program

The Getty Open Content Program

This week Getty has opened its public domain artworks collection for free use to, modify and publish for any purpose. They will allow access to 4,600 high-res images with more to come. Getty does ask you for a description of your purpose for the image and asks that you cite. [Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.]

Today the Getty becomes an even more engaged digital citizen, one that shares its collections, research, and knowledge more openly than ever before. We've launched the Open Content Program to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty's digital resources as possible.

The initial focus of the Open Content Program is to make available all images of public domain artworks in the Getty's collections. Today we've taken a first step toward this goal by making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum's collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose.

These are high-resolution, reproduction-quality images with embedded metadata, some over 100 megabytes in size. You can browse all available images here, or look for individual "download" links on the Getty Museum's collection pages. As part of the download, we'll ask for a very brief description of how you're planning to use the image. We hope to learn that the images will serve a broad range of needs and projects.


See the full press release here.

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Lee Whitman's picture

Awesome! Thank you for the information. This will come in handy.

It's a little unclear in the EULA, but the FAQ clarifies these may be used for commercial use:

"Are images made available through the Getty's Open Content Program approved for commercial use? I'd like to use one for my company's website/product/brochure.

Yes. However, please do not suggest or imply that the Getty endorses, approves of, or participated in your company, product, service, or project."

Bob Bell's picture

Good on the Getty! Thanks :)