Free Art Books From The Met Museum

Ricardo Martinez

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Art lovers, scholars, students, scientists, and artists, of course: good news, free art books at The Met Museum! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has even more opened its gates to the general public – from now on, you can go online to the website of The Met Museum and read, download and search museum’s publication on art history – art books and and catalogs. It is just the continuation of opening of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and transferring its data online (and free!), as The Met Museum back in 2012 initially offered around 400 books and art catalogs for free.
 

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Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leonardo da Vinci – Anatomical Drawings from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle

 

400+ Free Books At The Met Museum

This time, another (approximately) 400 books and catalogs are available at MetPublications portal. At this portal, you can find the whole Met’s publishing program. For those books that are still in-print, you could get a preview and many useful information, and for almost all of those titles that are out-of-print, you can find a downloadable PDF, or you could just read them online. Also, you could download a vast majority of Met’s Bulletin and Met’s Journal. This move by The Metropolitan Museum of Art could mean a steady raising of awareness in general public, considering art as whole and appreciation for art. Also, this could mean a much easier life for an army of scholars and art students, without ability to get those publications in any other way.
 

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18th Century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Liechtenstein, the Princely Collections

 

What Art Books Could You Find For Free?

For instance, there are American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885– – 1915, Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomical Drawings from the Royal Library, Chess: East and West, Past and Present, Modern Design in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1890– – 1990, Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings, French Art Deco, The Age of Caravaggio, All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852 – –1860, American Painting in the Twentieth Century, Dance: A Very Social History… And we could go on and on like this for much, much longer.
 

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Helen Frankenthaler – Red and Brown Scene, 1961 (Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

 

Remember 400,000+ Free Images?

Of course, this is just an upgrade of the last year’s decision by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to put 400,000+ images online – a high-res ones – and to make them downloadable and free to use. This was intended primarily for scholar uses, as the whole project was named Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC). It is not really necessary explaining how much this will help young people around the world. We can only say: “Bravo”!
 

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Chess – East and West, Past and Present, A Selection from the Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Collection

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Masterpieces of Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 
Featured image: All the Mighty World – The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860 (detail)
All images are front covers of books that could be found at MetPublications portal. All images courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 
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