Check out the Art Institute of Chicago’s newest initiative, which has now opened up much of its digital archive for FREE to the public. Now, website users have unrestricted FREE access to thousands of images — exactly 44,313, with more to be added — under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.
This move is part of the museum’s website redesign. What this means, according to the Art Institute, is that these images can be downloaded for free on the artwork’s pages. In addition, the Institute has also enhanced image viewing capabilities on object pages, allowing viewers to see the works in greater detail.
“Check out the paint strokes in Van Gogh’s ‘The Bedroom,’” the Art Institute writes on its website, “the charcoal details on Charles White’s ‘Harvest Talk,’ or the synaesthetic richness of Georgia O’Keeffe’s ‘Blue and Green Music.’”
The website also boasts that this redesign will make work easier for researchers and art scholars as they use the collections search tool to find exactly what they’re looking for.