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Wild Roses and Irises John La Farge

Wild Roses and Irises, 1887 John La Farge Gouache and watercolor on white wove paper

More than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art may now be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use – including in scholarly publications in any media – without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis.

This new initiative, called Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) is similar to the Images for Academic Publication (IAP) program hosted by the Artstor Digital Library, where the Metropolitan Museum also contributes images of artworks.  The OASC initiative will provide access to a wider range of images in the Museum’s collection directly from the Museum’s website.

Works that are covered by the new policy are identified with the acronym OASC on the Museum’s website (http://www.metmuseum.org/collections).  Once you find an image you are interested in using, click on the download icon next to it Download Icon to save the image to your desktop or device.

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