Beautiful images of classical works of art now available free for your creative use. Muah! to The Met!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York recently released 375,000 images of classical artwork to allow people to use them for free.  This incredible act of generosity allows everyone to use and share beautiful images of classical works of art privately or even commercially for free. So if you were looking for that really exciting and creative image with which to announce your wedding look no further!

 Gustav Klimt, Mäda Primavesi (1912-13)

 Gustav Klimt, Mäda Primavesi (1912-13)

 Claude Monet, Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies (1899)

 Claude Monet, Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies (1899)

What a beautiful gesture by The Met to the world! The Met Museum has executed the new policy in collaboration with Creative Commons, a non-profit that aims to promote the legal sharing and distribution of information, ideas, and images through its free and easy-to-use copyright licenses. “Sharing is fundamental to how we promote discovery, innovation, and collaboration in the digital age,” said Ryan Merkley, the CEO of Creative Commons. “The Met has given the world a profound gift in service of its mission: the largest encyclopedic art museum in North America has eliminated the barriers that would otherwise prohibit access to its content, and invited the world to use, remix, and share their public-domain collections widely and without restriction.”

You can access the unrestricted images through the Met’s website. As you search its collection, all you need to do is check off the “Public Domain Artworks” option under “Show Only.” You can also browse the selected works by selecting the “Metropolitan Museum of Art” filter on the Creative Commons site.