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Mares Rex
10-25-2015, 04:25 PM
I thought we could help each other out and compile a list of museums and galleries who offer free hi resolution images of paintings in their collections. They're great for learning as you can really zoom in and see individual brush strokes. I've even printed a few of these in A3 size and they look great! I'll start with the ones I come up with off the top of my head:

National Gallery of Art (https://images.nga.gov/)

Google Art Project (https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/art-project)

Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online)

Mares Rex
10-25-2015, 04:55 PM
Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Isabella_Stewart_Gardner) - a massive collection to sift through! Lots of gems here. Most of the free hi res images from The Met, NPG, etc, can be found here as well. A bit overwhelming but a great help when you're looking for a quality image of a certain painting you can't seem to find anywhere.

zippie
10-25-2015, 10:06 PM
Thank you for that!

Trond
10-26-2015, 12:27 AM
Museo del Prado

https://www.museodelprado.es/index.php?id=995&no_cache=1&L=0&cHash=38c550c57c&gbobras%5Badv%5D=0&gbobras%5Bcriterio%5D=1&gbobras%5Bstring%5D=Velázquez%2C+Diego+Rodr%C3%ADguez+de+Silva+y

AnnieA
10-26-2015, 02:51 AM
The Getty Museum Open Content Program (http://search.getty.edu/gateway/search?q=&cat=highlight&f="Open+Content+Images"&rows=10&srt=a&dir=s&pg=1)

Tedrex
11-03-2015, 09:43 PM
Very useful, thank you for sharing.

Mares Rex
11-04-2015, 10:53 AM
No problem. :) I'll add more as I stumble upon them.

kadon
11-12-2015, 04:31 AM
Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Isabella_Stewart_Gardner) - a massive collection to sift through! Lots of gems here. Most of the free hi res images from The Met, NPG, etc, can be found here as well. A bit overwhelming but a great help when you're looking for a quality image of a certain painting you can't seem to find anywhere.

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Toonie
11-20-2015, 10:48 AM
The Art Restoration Center, http://www.artrenewal.org, has tons of images in its "museum". Its focus is classical realism. You have on-line access to high resolution versions of some of the images if you subscribe. Membership is $24.95 per month ($16.95 students and seniors).
https://www.artrenewal.org/pages/payment.php

Pinguino
12-11-2015, 01:10 PM
One caveat: The high-resolution images may have limiations on usage. That applies even if you visit the museum and take the photo yourself. I expect that scholarly study (which would include re-painting) is always OK. But if you intend to publish a book about art, and want to use the images as illustrations (or cover), then that's a different thing: The original art may be in the public domain, and low-res images are merely descriptive; but the high-resolution photo is considered a modern, copyrighted independent work, in many jurisdictions.