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20,000 images from the LACMA collection available for free download

The LACMA art museum has digitized a part of their collection and put it online—including 20,000 images for free download.
20,000 images from the LACMA collection available for free download

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been digitizing their collection for the past two years to make their art works viewable online.

By doing so, the institution has joined a row of the world leading museums in opening their collections to the public.

Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of over 135,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of art history. Since its establishing in 1965, it has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, from a broad range of cultures and historical periods, mirroring Los Angeles’s rich cultural heritage and uniquely diverse population.

In total, the museum has uploaded 80,000 works on their website with both unrestricted and restricted use—which is more than a half of their physical collection. At the moment, there are 20,000 images available in the public domain for free download to anyone.

The website collection is enormous and it’s easy to find an art work that will inspire you.

The online search is sorted via highlights, objects on view, curatorial area, chronology, object type, and supplied by an advanced search. Each work is tagged with definite attributes for a convenient specific search. For instance, if you type "Athena", the website will bring up greek and roman statues, greek ceramics, etchings, and paintings from different eras.
There are several different filters to narrow your search results. You can use all of them or only one. You can choose the option to see only results with images, or in public domain, or only on view.
LACMA provides all information available about an art work: name, author, date, material, style, size, collection, current place on view or in archives, curator notes, current and past exhibitions.
The collection amazes with the number of art works by renowned artists from different periods in art history, including Greek classics, Italian Renaissance
The Renaissance is the period that began around the 14th century and ended at the late 16th century, traditionally associated primarily with the Italian region. The ideas and images of the Renaissance largely determined the aesthetic ideals of modern man, his sense of harmony, measure and beauty. Read more
, Dutch Baroque
The baroque style replaced the Renaissance, and it sought to shock the soul, in contrast to the Renaissance art, which kept the distance between an artwork and the audience. It surely succeeded: the pictorial pearls of those times are the true treasures. Read more
, Japanese Ukiyo-e
Now it seems unbelievable but the Japanese did not regard the woodblock prints, which fascinated the fashionable European artists and inspired the Impressionists to adopt the new ways of expression. Read more
, French Impressionism
No doubt, you know about Impressionism a lot: you could mention the names of the famous artists and find with ease the exhibition at museums with gleaming water surface and the same image painted in different time of the day and of course you know the scandalous history of the First Impressionist Exhibition and could distinguish Monet and Manet. So, it is high time to switch to the next level: some additional details you would like to know about Impressionism. Read more
, Russian Abstractionism, Cubism
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
The art movement developed in the first quarter of the 20th century, mainly in Italy and Russia. Some ironically called it scandalous cubism. The founding fathers urged to stop adoring the art of the past, and to exalt the industrial spirit of the future: to draw airplanes, cars, metal bridges, steamers and other achievements of the progress. Read more
Cubism (fr. cubisme) is a recognizable art movement that originated at the beginning of the 20th century, and many of its techniques are still in demand. Its distinctive features are the direct use of geometric shapes, a narrow circle of subjects (portraits, still lifes or buildings), deformation, angularity, complete lack of realism. In Cubism, shape is more important than colour. Read more
and many more. Just look some works of what you’ll find in the public domain.
Edgar Degas. Arabesque
Arabesque
3×3.9×1.4 cm
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Two Girls Reading
Two Girls Reading
1890, 80×73.7×10.2 cm
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1993, 50×70 cm
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Roman anatolievich zelentsov. Program
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Anna Andreevna Cherniadyeva. Dimensional White Interior Painting
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Kristina Bondarenko. Two
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Kristina Bondarenko. Ok
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Ryan Hlabic. Cool Mickey
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Cool Mickey
February 2024, 80×80 cm
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Ildar Kozhaev. Spotted dog cooler RGB
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LACMA collection includes all possible samples of visual arts, including painting, graphics, sculpture, decorative and applied arts. Just ramble through their website and find something special for you. Curator notes will help you learn interesting facts about an art work, its author, and period in the history of art it was made in.
Written on materials of LACMA and mymodernmet.com.