The Met releases 350K digital images for free

NBCNEWS handled the recent and vast digitizing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection with a handy and explanatory gallery. Smart move.

Here’s a sample of the free images:

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NBC: “Wheat Field with Cypresses, oil on canvas by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Cypresses gained ground in Van Gogh’s work by late June 1889 when he resolved to devote one of his first series in Saint-Rémy to the towering trees.” Contributed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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NBC: “Christ Healing the Blind, oil on canvas by El Greco, circa 1570. El Greco painted this masterpiece of dramatic storytelling either in Venice or in Rome, where he worked after leaving Crete in 1567 and before moving to Spain in 1576. It illustrates the Gospel account of Christ healing a blind man by anointing his eyes. The two figures in the foreground may be the blind man’s parents.” Contributed by Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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NBC: “The Harvesters, oil on wood by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565. This panel belongs to a series and the cycle originally included six paintings showing the times of the year. Bruegel’s series is a watershed in the history of western art, the religious pretext for landscape painting has been suppressed in favor of a new humanism.” Contributed by Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

 


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