Art Institute of Chicago presents impressive online collection of works by such authors as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cézanne, Bernat Martorell, Vasily Kandinsky, Edvard Munch, Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas and many other artists.
Paintings and drawings from the 18th and 19th centuries are most widely represented.
American life scenes, portraits, flowers, landscapes and French subjects can be found, as well as extensive collection of Japanese prints.
Not all digital scans in this collection are under an open licence. Open licence is applied only to those digital scans where the original work is believed to be in the public domain in the U.S. Where digital scan is under an open licence, it is available to be downloaded in high resolution.
How to find them?
Use a filter:
1. Go to the page with all collection items
2. Click Show Filters
3. Scroll down to the section Show only: Public domain.
53,111 images on 28/09/2019
55,194 images on 16/08/2020
Check each image individually:
1. Go to the image page
2. See if there is a mark ‘CC0 Public domain designation’ below the image
More information by the provider:
Not all original works in this collection, which are under an open licence and available to download in high resolution, are in the public domain in the European countries.
This is because the Art Institute of Chicago is in the U.S. and guided by the copyright law of the U.S. It applies open licence to digital scans where original works are believed to be in the public domain in the U.S.
How to find images which you can reuse in most of the European countries?
Focus on older content:
1. Go to the main page with all collection items (see section ‘How to find images?’)
2. Find Show filters
3. In section ‘Date’ narrow down the results up to 1950 and click OK
Search results you get are now more likely to be in the public domain in most of the European countries.
52,850 images on 28/09/2019
54,930 images on 16/08/2020 (2,080 more)
Now, after you limited results, check each image individually:
1. Go to the image page
2. Identify all the authors and contributors
3. Find the death date of the last living author (dates are available)
If the last living author has passed away more than 70 years ago, most likely, his/her works are in the public domain in most of the European countries.
However, if you intend to use images for commercial purposes you might want to do additional checks to assess any risk.
Please note, it is always your personal responsibility to make sure the original work is out of copyright in all countries where you distribute your new creative works. The supplier of the digital scan cannot guarantee this.
Go to the main page with all collection items (see section ‘How to find images?’). Choose ‘show filters’. Here you can change:
When you are in search results page, click on ‘Themes’ below the search bar.
Also, below each image you can see ‘Explore further’ section which suggests similar images and themes.
Go to the image page and click ‘full view’. Now you can:
Go to the image page. You will see:
Additionally, you can find publication history, exhibition history, provenance and multimedia.
1. Go to the image page.
2. There is a ‘Download’ button (below an image)
Artist name, Title, Date. The Art Institute of Chicago. Open licence (e.g. CC0 ) + a link
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Attribution guidelines are based on goodwill. They are not legally binding, but they are a secret way how to:
– Say ‘thank you’ to the most friendly for creators museums, archives and libraries.
– Encourage the release of new open collections for creativity.
– Inform and equip your fellow creators with new powers.