Around 4600 high-quality images of artworks to which the Getty holds all the rights or are in the public domain are being made available to use for free.
Under the Open Content Program, the Los
Angeles museum is allowing visitors to its website to browse online
and use the high-resolution, reproduction-quality images, some over
100 megabytes in size, "freely and without restriction".
The images represent 4,689 objects at the J.
Paul Getty Museum (some images show more than one object),
including paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs,
antiquities and sculpture and decorative arts.
The Getty plan to add other images, until
eventually all applicable Getty-owned or public domain images are
available, without restrictions, online.
The Getty Research Institute is currently
determining which images from its special collections can be made
available under this project and the Getty Conservation Institute
is working to make available images from its projects
J. Paul Getty Museum director Timothy Potts
said: "The Getty's collections are greatly in demand for
publications, research and a variety of personal uses, and I am
pleased that with this initiative they will be readily available on
a global basis to anyone with internet access."
Previously, the Getty Museum made images
available upon request, for a fee, and granted specific use
permissions with terms and conditions. Now, while the Getty
requests information about the intended use, it will not restrict
use of available images, and no fees apply for any use of images
made available for direct download on the website.
Getty president and CEO Jim Cuno said: "In a world where,
increasingly, the trend is toward freer access to more and more
information and resources, it only makes sense to reduce barriers
to the public to fully experience our collections."