I saw this article, You can now download 150,000 copyright-free art works from Paris’ museums: https://thenextweb.com/creativity/2020/01/30/paris-museums-digital-images-free/ mentioned on another blog – 3 Count: Shockingly Excessive https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2020/02/03/3-count-shockingly-excessive/. It was #3 on his list.
The internet just got over 150,000 high-definition images of historic art to turn into memes — without any fear of breaking copyright laws. Well, sort of.
As part of its Open Content initiative, Paris Musées — a consortium of 14 Parisian museums — revealed it’s making 150,000 digital reproductions of art works from its collection available for use entirely free of charge. The images include pieces from legendary names like Rembrandt and Van Dyck, as well as many others.
What’s particularly useful is that you can filter the Open Content collection by author, genre, date, and even color. Pretty cool.
For now, Paris Musées is only uploading high-definition reproductions of 2D works that aren’t restricted by copyright laws. Images of works still bound by licenses will also be uploaded on the website, but in lower resolution.
The institution also plans to host a series of virtual exhibitions in an effort to bring more attention to Open Content and encourage visitors to download the images.
The collection won’t come in handy only to memesters, though. Paris Musées hopes the initiative will make it easier for teachers and students to conduct research.
In the meantime, you can browse Open Content by clicking here.
The public domain works made available are high quality. I downloaded one and it was 4.72 MB in size and at full size, it was 4159×5247 pixels.