Yesterday, Getty Images released more than 35 million images that users can embed on websites and social media posts for free, so long as the images are for editorial and non-commercial purposes. With the embed feature, Getty Images includes a credit line and link to each image that users post. For a list of images available to embed, click here.
There’s been quite a lot of coverage about this monumental release of “free” images, including great articles from the Atlantic on “Why Getty Going Free Is Such a Big Deal, Explained in Getty Images,” and the Verge on “The world’s largest photo service just made its pictures free to use.” It’s important to note that not all Getty Images are free to use, and it’s very likely that contemporary photojournalism images, for example, will remain behind the paywall.
Also fun to think about on a Friday: How many photos have ever been taken?
The Digital Comic Museum has digitized more than 15,000 comic books from the Golden Age of comics, or in the years before 1959. The DCM has a forum for users to submit historical research and commentary on the comics. While you won’t find any Marvel superheroes here, there’s a wide variety of themes within the comic world, including romance, Westerns, combat, crime, supernatural, and horror. Users have to create an account to download images.
Check out the Digital Comic Museum for more information and to download images.
Via Open Culture.
The New York Art Resources (NYARC)—a collaboration between the libraries of the Frick Collection, Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art recently launched a new online resource called This Kiss to the Whole World: Klimt and the Vienna Secession.
The website presents the complete catalogs of the Vienna Secession (1898–1905), twenty digitized postcards of exhibition installations, and posters, along with related artworks. The website also features a related bibliography and a timeline of events pertaining to the Vienna Secession.
To learn more, check out This Kiss to the Whole World: Klimt and the Vienna Secession.
Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives has launched a new online inventory called AtoM@DO, which brings together the holdings from the ICFA as well as a selection from teh Dumbarton Oaks Archives for users to search for related materials across the institution.
The ICFA contains materials pertaining to Byzantine and Medieval art, architecture and archaeology; Pre-Columbian cultural heritage, and the Garden & Landscape collections.
For more information, search AtoM@DO or visit the ICFA.
The WorldImages database from California State University contains more than 100,000 images from around the globe. Users can search or browse the collection, and for convenience, the images are organized into more than 900 portfolios based on themes, places, and time periods. New content including images from the Balkans and Greece was recently added.
Additionally, he images have embedded metadata that can be viewed in programs such as Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, Aperture, iPhoto, and Picasa or your Mac finder window or Windows file properties.
For more information and to check out the collection, visit WorldImages. And if you have questions about finding and using embedded metadata, please get in touch with the VRC!
Stanford University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France have partnered on the French Revolution Digital Archive, a collection of more than 14,000 high-resolution images. The archive has two areas of content, including Images, which contains about 12,000 individual images of prints, illustrations, medals, coins, and other objects. The section on Parliamentary Archives contains primary source documents arranged chronologically. Users can browse by date or subject, and search both the Images and Parliamentary Archives sections at once or individually. The project also contains an excellent timeline of the Revolution.
For more information, check out the French Revolution Digital Archive!
ARTstor is hosting some online training webinars during February to cover a variety of general topics as well as subject-specific content. The “What Can You Do With ARTstor?” session on February 7 at 12pm EST will cover finding, managing, and sharing content in image groups, PowerPoint presentations, and work folders among other things.
For more information or to register for a webinar, check out ARTstor’s Online Training schedule.
MIT’s Archnet, a collaboration between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries, “is a portal to rich and unique scholarly resources featuring thousands of sites, publications, images, and more focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world.” The website has recently been remained and restructured since its launch ten years ago.
The website features a timeline, a wide variety of digital collections and research materials, an advanced search, and selected syllabi pertaining to the study of Islamic Art, Architecture, and Culture.
To explore for yourself, check out Archnet!
The Getty just launched its Virtual Library, the newest project in their Open Content Program. The Virtual Library makes more than 250 publications freely available to read online or to download a PDF in its entirety. The books are from the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, and include exhibition catalogs, translations, and journals among others.
Users can browse the site by publishing program, type, subject, or series, and there are also title, author, and keyword searches. The record for each title in the Virtual Library also includes a WorldCat link so users may find the title in a local library or request it through ILL.
For more information or to explore the collection, check out the Getty’s Virtual Library!
Via The Getty Iris and ArtDaily.
From the Wellcome Library:
We are delighted to announce that over 100,000 high resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements are now freely available through Wellcome Images.
Drawn from our vast historical holdings, the images are being released under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence.
This means that they can be used for commercial or personal purposes, with an acknowledgement of the original source (Wellcome Library, London). All of the images from our historical collections can be used free of charge.
The images can be downloaded in high-resolution directly from the Wellcome Images website for users to freely copy, distribute, edit, manipulate, and build upon as you wish, for personal or commercial use. The images range from ancient medical manuscripts to etchings by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Francisco Goya.
The earliest item is an Egyptian prescription on papyrus, and treasures include exquisite medieval illuminated manuscripts and anatomical drawings, from delicate 16th century fugitive sheets, whose hinged paper flaps reveal hidden viscera to Paolo Mascagni’s vibrantly coloured etching of an ‘exploded’ torso.
Other treasures include a beautiful Persian horoscope for the 15th-century prince Iskandar, sharply sketched satires by Rowlandson, Gillray and Cruikshank, as well as photography from Eadweard Muybridge’s studies of motion. John Thomson’s remarkable nineteenth century portraits from his travels in China can be downloaded, as well a newly added series of photographs of hysteric and epileptic patients at the famous Salpêtrière Hospital.
Above Image: Wellcome Library, London. Horoscope of Prince Iskandar, grandson of Tamerlane, the Turkman Mongol conqueror.