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The Art Institute of Chicago Is the Latest Museum to Offer Open Access to Thousands of Images in Its Archive

October 24, 2018

Vincent van Gogh, The Bedroom (1889). Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago



The Art Institute of Chicago is now offering unrestricted access to thousands of images—44,313 to be exact—from its digital archive. 


The release is part of the museum’s website redesign and the images have been made available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.


The Art Institute has also enhanced the image viewing capabilities on the works, allowing them to be seen in far greater detail than before, for example. “Check out the paint strokes in Van Gogh’s The Bedroom, the charcoal details on Charles White’s Harvest Talk, or the synaesthetic richness of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Blue and Green Music,” wrote executive creative director Michael Neault a blog post.


Neault says if you’re doing research, “you’ll appreciate how our collections search tool makes it easier to drill down and find exactly what you’re looking for.”



Blogger and art historian Bendor Grosvenor, an advocate for open image access who has criticized UK institutions for their image