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Treasures of the world's museums available in open access. The complete guide

You’ll find dozens of drop-dead gorgeous museum online resources: Impressionists, Pre-Raphaelites
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, masters of Renaissance, Modernists… Just download and view. More museums have been introducing us to the art works by the great artists, showing them in detail. We gathered our mini-reviews of the collections that let you enjoy masterpieces by the renowned artists in fine arts. Instructions, illustrations and, above all, links are attached.
In the review we cover each online resource that generously shares its treasures with art admirers. You can also find in here the links to the online resources cited in our materials that focus on one or the other digital collection.

Complete catalogue of art works by Paul Cézanne

Paul Cezanne. Self portrait in a soft hat

Complete online catalogue of paintings by Cézanne with all the detail.

You can admire works by Paul Cézanne and access information about all his paintings simply navigating through the large official online catalogue The Paintings of Paul Cézanne.

Vienna Art History Museum

Kunst Historisches Museum Wien uploaded 10 thousand digital exhibits
Titian and Caravaggio, Tintoretto and Arcimboldo, Bosch and Jan van Eyck — enjoy their marvelous works of art.

Rembrandt's engravings at the Morgan Library and Museum

The Morgan Library and Museum uploaded hundreds of Rembrandt’s engravings and made them publicly available. Among the reproductions of the genius artist’s works in high resolution, there are etchings previously unknown to wide audience, not mentioning an impressive gallery of self-portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn. It’s a real luxury gift to art admirers.

Scanned prints by the great Dutchman are available on The Morgan Library and Museum website as part of its storerooms' comprehensive opening to public access.
Sleeping Puppy by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, ca. 1640,
a work from the Morgan Library and Museum
French fin-de-siècle prints from the Van Gogh Museum collection in Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam digitized and uploaded a unique collection of French prints from the fin de siècle (1890−1905), provided with invaluable data on its website. The museum owns a unique collection of French prints, engravings, posters and books. However, more than 1800 exhibits are not available for permanent display due to their large sizes and extreme photosensitivity. Now, Internet users are able to look through them at their leisure, using cross-references offered by the website.

In fact, collection is really amazing! There are interesting works, not widely known to the audience, stylish design, variety of stories, techniques and names! From Toulouse-Lautrec, Gaugin, Signac, Bernard to Steinlen, an author of the famous posters.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum digitized 125 exhibits in 2012 and made them available online on its website. Within Rijksstudio program, users can discover the possibilities of the masterpieces: view them in details and read about their history. Anyone can make his/her own online gallery, download any art work he/she likes and use it at his/her own discretion. For example, one can make a reproduction by himself/herself and even use images to take part in Rijksstudio Award competition with a prize of 10 thousand euros.

To get an access to the digital archives, one should create a free account on the museum website.

The Leiden Collection – the largest and most important collection of seventeenth-century Dutch art in private hands

The largest private collector of Rembrandt and Old Dutch and Flemish Masters has uploaded its digital collection online. The Leiden Collection named after Rembrandt’s native city, consists of more than 250 paintings and drawings, including 175 that formed its electronic catalogue.

Nationalmuseum in Sweden

Nationalmuseum in Sweden uploaded some 3000 paintings in high resolution. We’ve got here some world-famous paintings as Renoir’s La Grenouillère (The Frog Pond) and many other splendid works not frequently seen by internet audience. Images in high resolution are available on Wikimedia Commons. Scalable images will also be added to the museum’s online database.
The Lady with the Veil (the Artist’s Wife) by Alexander Roslin, 1768, detail; Nationalmuseum, Sweden.
Please see other exhibits of the museum’s collection bellow.
Berthe Morisot. In the Bois de Boulogne
In the Bois de Boulogne
1880-th , 61×73.5 cm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met grants free access to 375 thousand images (we give you ready-made links to navigate among sections). From now on you can download images to your computer and use them for research or commercial purposes. Each photograph is 4K resolution (four thousand pixels) so that users can zoom into and out the masterpieces and view them in tiniest detail.

The Whitney Museum of American Art

The collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, located in New York City, houses over 23 thousand art works created by more than 3000 artists during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Almost all of them are already available online.
Andrew Wyeth. Winter fields
Winter fields
1942, 44×104.1 cm
The works by Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper from the collection of the Whitney Museum
Edward Hopper. Sunset on the railway
Sunset on the railway
1929, 74.3×121.9 cm

Тhe Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

A large part of MoMA’s collection is currently available online. Тhe Museum of Modern Art in New York hosts almost 200 thousand works by 10,000 artists. Not all exhibits are displayed for public view but you can see many of them in detail online, up to the tiniest сraquelure, as in The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali.

A book about friendship and collaboration between Rubens and Brueghel

Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder were the two most famous artists in Antwerp at the beginning of the seventeenth century. They were close friends and frequent collaborators. They executed approximately two dozen works together over the course of twenty-five years, from about 1598 to 1625. The J. Paul Getty Trust published a book Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship. You can download it in public domain.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the online collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of more than 7 thousand artworks. The selection reflects the museum’s extensive holdings from the late 19th century through the present day.

The Collection Online is being continually expanded. In addition to artworks from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, it includes works from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Additionally, The Guggenheim Museum shared over 200 free art books through the Internet Archive. You can view or read them online or downloaded in PDF or ePub formats. First appeared online in 2012, the library has grown to include over 200 titles of modern and historic art books, including the rare and out-of-print titles about Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Klee, Jenny Holzer, Joseph Cornell, as well as several exhibition catalogues and books about the museum itself. There are also publications on wide ranging topics from the Russian and Soviet avant-garde
Avant-garde is how modern art critics refer the general trend of new artistic directions that arose in world art at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. A very thin line separates it from the concept of “modernism”. Read more
movement to collections of Chinese and Aztec art.

Art works by Liubov Popova as illustrations to the catalogue "Amazons of the avant-garde: Alexandra Exter, Natalia Goncharova, Liubov Popova, Olga Rozanova, Varvara Stepanova, Nadezhda Udaltsova". Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The National Galleries of Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland reconstructed their website and presented an online collection highlighting their masterpieces from over 96 thousand objects in its permanent collection. In such a way the institution joined an illustrious list of world’s leading museums that open their collections to public view. The online collection includes the masterpieces by the renowned artists, such as Botticelli, Titian, Turner, Matisse, Gaugin, Degas, Van Gogh, Magritte, and many others.

The Barnes Collection

The Barnes Collection is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European paintings, with numerous holdings of Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. Assembled by Dr. Albert C. Barnes between 1912 and 1951, the collection also includes the important examples of African art, Native American pottery and jewelry, Pennsylvania German furniture, American avant-garde
Avant-garde is how modern art critics refer the general trend of new artistic directions that arose in world art at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. A very thin line separates it from the concept of “modernism”. Read more
painting, and wrought-iron metalwork, in total 4,021 objects.

The Barnes Online Collection made digital images of more than 2 thousand works of art in the Barnes Foundation’s collection available to the public. Its design was inspired by Dr. Barnes and his approach to looking at art. Now you can browse high-resolution images by color, light, lines, and space, making unexpected and exciting connections between pieces from different eras, places, and cultures.

The artwork above is one of the first paintings purchased by Dr. Barnes.
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Title illustration: detail of Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1563. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna