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All The Images You Will Ever Need

Art Education and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The tools of technology have made the seemingly impossible, possible. You can view almost any piece of art right in front of you. You don’t have to be physically present in front of a painting, sculpture or artifact to understand it. Sure, while it would be awesome to see things “in the flesh,” on-screen can be second best. And, it is even better when it is free!

Here is a comprehensive list of all the places you can access high-quality images FOR FREE.

Smithsonian Open Access

Smithsonian Institute has just released 2.8 million images to the public, free to access and use, with more to come.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Search the entire collection, and even take a virtual tour of the museum.

 

Google Arts & Culture 

An absolutely fabulous and user-friendly, Google-powered platform. You will spend hours browsing.

 

The Art Institute of Chicago

Offering 1000s of artworks, writings, and resources all online.

 

Rijksmuseum 

Located in the Netherlands, you can search and create your own collection of images to share with your students.

 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art 

A robust collection of ancient to modern artwork.

 

The J. Paul Getty Museum 

A pioneer art-restoration museum that also has a fabulous collection.

 

The Walters Art Museum 

Located in Baltimore, Maryland this collection features an “Artwork of the Day” and many artifacts that are easily searchable.

 

The National Gallery of Art 

Not only is the collection completely searchable, but the images are also downloadable in custom sizes!

 

Minneapolis Institute of Art 

An extremely detailed and downloadable image database of all artworks.

 

Paris Musée

View artwork from some of the most famous museums in Paris without ever getting on a plane.

 

The New York Public Library Digital Collections

A vast collection of photographs that are easily searchable.

 

British Library 

Look at the curated albums helpfully organized by theme.

 

Library of Congress 

This collection has a spectrum “free to use and reuse” sets categorized in useful themes and genres, such as “World War I Posters” and “Cats.”

 

It would take a lifetime to see all the artwork featured in the platforms above. The ability to share and understand so many collections and perspectives, for free, is truly a gift. Take advantage of the technology at your fingertips and start browsing now.

What is your go-to resource for images to share with students? 

How could you use these platforms within your teaching? 

 

 

 

Megan Dehner is the Senior Editor of the Magazine and an Art Ed PRO Producer at AOEU. With experience at all learning levels, she is passionate about the practice of creativity regardless of any talent or barrier.

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