Art Fan? NY Met Digitizes Collection

I love art. I’m not a fancy person by any means, but I love the ability to capture and inspire emotion. As a weird side note, I’m also fascinated with all things miniature. The New York Metropolitan Art Museum just digitized their collection and released it under the Digital Commons.

On February 7, 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art implemented a new policy known as Open Access, which makes images of artworks it believes to be in the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and the Terms and Conditions of this website.

It also makes available data from the entire online collection―both works it believes to be in the public domain and those under copyright or other restrictions―including basic information such as title, artist, date, medium, and dimensions. This data is available to all in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation.

Enjoy. Or don’t. I don’t give a shit. I’m getting the above image made into a print on canvas.

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13 Responses to Art Fan? NY Met Digitizes Collection

  1. fasttimes says:

    sure SEEMS fancy. 😉

    • notamobster says:

      I’m fancy in my old pickup, dirty hat, and Copenhagen. I do wear slacks & button up shirts, though. Maybe I can be fancy.

  2. C. L. says:

    My introduction to fine art came through the game “Masterpiece” as a child. Because of that game, I could recognize by sight scores of paintings and the artists who painted them, at around 10 years old. I was kind of a nerd and I liked memorizing them, among other things.

    What to kids do now? I don’t even know what the video games are about these days. I’d love to find a copy of that old game in good condition and get it for my grandkids.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Damn. I remember that game. Forgeries and all. Cool.

      I took a semester of studying the impressionists in college.

  3. sortawitte says:

    In elementary school, every Friday in art class was art recognition day. It was like a competition with flash cards that were larger renditions of art classics. When your turn came, you answered with the name of the painting, the artist, and his nationality. As in: Feeding Her Birds, Millet, French.

    The last trip Sioux and I made to Paris, and probably the final trip, we went to the Musee d’Orsay. It is nothing but classical paintings and sculpture. As we walked the hallways and galleries, we took turns naming the paintings from a distance. (We went to the same grade school.) It was a thrill to see all these old friends in person. They were even more magnificent than we expected. The first painting we saw was Feeding Her Birds.

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    I remember when I happened on the fresco ‘School of Athens’ in the Vatican. Nearly fainted. It was a lot bigger than I imagined.

    • Woodface says:

      I somehow missed that when I went to the Vatican… but that is easy to do…. everywhere you look is something that will leave you slackjawed there.

      But my favorite Art moment was standing in front of Guernica at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid for a while.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        It covers an entire wall in the Vatican Palace. I studied the work in college and then – bang – I was standing in front of it.

        The Madrid experience is on my short list. This summer it will be Switzerland and the north of France.

        • Woodface says:

          Spain – Just let me go in to a little bar and eat Tapas and Jamon and drink beers and I am in my happy place. I have been a few places now. Spain is special for me.

          I’ve never been to Switzerland or anywhere other than Paris in France… but Switzerland is definitely on my list.

  5. BigJimTX says:

    I’ve stood on that bridge. The gardens there are beautiful. There is a museum in Paris called the Orangerie that is mostly dedicated to the Waterlilies paintings. It is incredible.

  6. Bman says:

    Art is one thing I can truly not give two tin shits about for the most part. I liked to watch Bob Ross and all however. This would be me at the Louve in Paris: