It’s an interesting fact that the National Gallery of Art has adopted a forward looking open access policy for digital images of works of art that they believes are in the public domain, with the launch of NGA Images.
Users do not need to contact the Gallery for authorization to use these images in any way.
Images of these works are available free of charge for any use, commercial or noncommercial. Particularly abundant for the Dutch art enthusiast are the works of the portraitist Peter Lely, the history painter Gerrit van Honthorst and Dutch marine paintings, whose works were collected in great numbers by enthusiastic British collectors in the seventeenth century. Just think for a moment. Launched in summer 2011 with approximately 60000 paintings, Your Paintings currently displays 210000 works. In partnership with the Public Catalogue Foundation, BBC Your Paintings offers online access to publicly owned oil paintings across the United Kingdom.
Great strides been made in procuring and displaying digital images of artworks on the internet in the last years, and there exist an increasing number of highquality images of Dutch paintings.
The policies of the remaining galleries presume that images of individual artworks are to soem degree manually adjusted.
At the moment only the National Gallery of London guarantees that every image from the files of the National Gallery Company Online Picture Library is consistent with the others. On the down side, progress is utterly uneven and there exists no digital acquisition standard that facilitates informed comparisons of color, tone and brightness and to ensure consistent production to print.
Memory of the Netherlands is an online image library that comprises 833928 objects from 133 100 collections museums, archives and libraries.
In addition So there’re also video and sound recordings.
The library includes photographs, sculptures, paintings, bronzes, pottery, modern art, drawings, stamps, posters and newspaper clippings. Following a major redesign, the National Gallery of Art website offers an excellent image library which contains a vast number of artworks including a selection ‘importan17thcentury’ Dutch paintings. In late 2011, the Metropolitan launched an updated website.
Did you know that the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art houses amid the most astounding collections of artworks globally including seventeenth century Dutch paintings of exceptional quality. Certainly, more than 540000 images been posted of which 398000 are high resolution, all available for personal and educational uses, as of January 2013. Conforming to the Rijksmuseum staff, the Rijksmuseum has also developed very simple interface. That, will encourage users’ creativity. Searching thumbnails can be customized.