dreams of so many artists, researchers, students and curators finally came true when The Metropolitan Museum of Art made a vast trove of images available for free download. Now the museum is taking one more step towards making its collections accessible to worldwide art enthusiasts and professionals. The museum recently made some 500 plus, mostly out-of-print, yet no less important titles free to download in .pdf format. The full index of titles is available here.
You could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.
And while the number may seem modest at first, consider the average art book’s volume and amount of content, illustrations included, in each of those tomes. This means that instead of having to go to a used books store, amazon or a local library that may or may not have a particular title in its collection, you can now access these invaluable resources for free and in the convenience of your own studio/living room, art gallery/coffee shop.
‘Art of the Islamic World: A Resource for Educators‘ (this book is currently in-print) and ‘Signac, 1863–1935: Master Neo-Impressionist‘ are some of the other titles that caught this art enthusiast’s attention!
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