The most recent Artmatcher update brings over 10,000 pieces of artwork to our mobile app library. The images, available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0), were pulled from notable institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

These incredible bodies of work were assembled over decades by curators, conservators, photographers, librarians, cataloguers, and more. The images added to Artmatcher span both centuries and the globe, and feature artwork from artists including Monet, van Gogh, Hokusai, Mondrian, Gauguin, Munch, Homer, and Renoir, to name a few.

We are excited to have these pieces join our ever-growing collection of artwork, which is composed of modern day artists representing vast mediums and art culture in over thirty countries. Together with our library, these images will help expand our users’ knowledge of the art world and aid as building blocks in their own curated art experiences. 

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About the Met’s Open Access Initiative

From their website:

“In February 2017, The Met introduced its Open Access Initiative. It is an important statement about The Met’s commitment to increasing access to the collection in a digital age. In the last four years, Open Access images and data have been viewed over 1.2 billion times and downloaded over 7 million times from The Met’s site and on our partner platforms.”

About the Art Institute of Chicago’s Open Access Images

From their website:

“The Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to offer free, unrestricted use of over 50,000 images of works in the collection. Explore thousands of artworks in the museum’s wide-ranging collection—from our world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe—as well as our books, writings, reference materials, and other resources.”

About the Smithsonian’s Open Access Initiative

From their website:

“The Smithsonian was established in 1846 for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” The Smithsonian Open Access Initiative furthers this mission to empower people around the world to participate in the pursuit of new knowledge with contemporary technology. The goal of the Open Access Initiative is to increase the utility, discoverability, and accessibility of the Smithsonian’s trusted collections and data to empower the public to innovate and build new knowledge to help solve today’s challenges.”

About the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Open Access Institution

From their website:

“Open Access is a logical and exciting outgrowth of the CMA’s inclusive mission “to create transformative experiences through art, for the benefit of all the people, forever.” The time is right to firmly bring our mission into the 21st century. With this move to Open Access, we have transformed not only access to the CMA’s collection but also its usability inside and outside the walls of our museum. By expanding access to the collection, we proudly contribute to best practice, both in the quality of images and the wealth of data we will release.”

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