Free Art & Photographs Available Via Getty Center's Open Content Program

Jan 19, 2019 at 01:15 pm by -gToon

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required. 

For additional information please see the related press releases, as well as overviews of each phase of the program on The Getty Iris

Why Open Content?
The Getty adopted the Open Content Program because we recognized the need to share images of works of art for free and without restriction, so that all those who create or appreciate art—scholars, artists, art lovers, and entrepreneurs—will have greater access to high-quality digital images for their studies and projects. Art inspires us, and imagination and creativity lead to artistic expressions that expand knowledge and understanding. The Getty sincerely hopes that people will use the open content images for a wide range of activities and that they will share the fruits of their labors with others. 

What's in Open Content?
Currently, there are over 100,000 images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute available through the Open Content Program, including more than 72,000 from the Research Institute's Foto Arte Minore archive, which features photographs of the art and architecture of Italy over 30 years by German photographer and scholar Max Hutzel (1913–1988). Other images include paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, antiquities, sculpture, decorative arts, artists' sketchbooks, watercolors, rare prints from the 16th through the 18th century, and 19th-century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks. We are adding more images as high-quality digital files become available. 

Access to Open Content Images
All of the images can be found on Getty Search Gateway, and the J. Paul Getty Museum images can also be accessed on the Museum's Collection webpages.

Open content images are identified with a "Download" link. Getty Research Institute images provided are JPEG files at a minimum of 300 ppi. J. Paul Getty Museum images are offered as JPEG files in a choice of download sizes for study and reproduction uses. See the Guidelines for Successful Printing (PDF, 312KB) for more information on file format. 

If you need new photography, resizing, or color correction, you can request these services by completing a request form (for J. Paul Getty Museum images) or by contacting Library Reproductions & Permissions (for Getty Research Institute images). A fee (PDF, 91KB) will be charged for this service. 

Public Domain and Rights
Open content images are digital surrogates of works of art that are in the Getty's collections and in the public domain, for which we hold all rights, or for which we are not aware of any rights restrictions. Rights restrictions are based on copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity laws, and contractual obligations. If an image you want is not designated as an open content image, it is because one or more of the above identified legal rights restricts our ability to make that content available under this program. While the Getty reviews the metadata about each picture before making it available as an open content image, there may be some underlying rights that were unknown to us. For that reason, users are ultimately responsible for determining whether the rights of third parties may be involved, and whether permission for those rights may need to be obtained by the user for the proposed use. 

Fair Use
Open content images can be used for any purpose without first seeking permission from the Getty. Images of many other works in the collections are also on our website in varying formats. The Getty supports fair use of copyrighted material when the applicable legal criteria are met. For more information on use of digital images of works in the Getty's collections, please refer to the Getty's Terms of Use

Attribution to the Getty
Please use the following source credit when reproducing an Open Content image:

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

Detailed caption information for individual artworks is provided as part of each download. When using open content images, you should not suggest or imply that the Getty endorses, approves of, or participated in your projects. The Getty name should not be used in the title or the name of your product, and it should not be used as a metadata search term, website name, or web address, or be large or prominent, as these uses and presentations tend to cause confusion among consumers by leading people to believe that the Getty Trust and its operating programs are affiliated with your project or service. 

Publications Using Open Content Images
While there are no restrictions or conditions on the use of open content images, the Getty would appreciate a gratis copy of any scholarly publications in which the images are reproduced in order to maintain the collection bibliography. Copies may be sent to the attention of:

Open Content Program
Registrar's Office
The J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Frequently Asked Questions Get answers to frequently asked questions about the Getty's Open Content Program.

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