Collection consists of the 13-16th century manuscripts, illuminated by ancient masters from across Europe of the Middle Ages – Belgium, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Bohemia and faraway Persia.
Majority of the works represent scenes from the Old and New Testament, as well as meticulously drawn botanical patterns.
Collection includes selection of illuminated letters, used to begin the first sentence, calendar pages, drawings of plants, saints and mythical beasts. Also, some fine examples of ancient calligraphy can be found.
Most of the works are produced on parchment with rich selection of tempera colours, gold leaf and ink. Authors include Albrecht Dürer, Aegidius Sadeler, Diebold Lauber, Willem Vrelant and Cristoforo Cortese among others.
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:
Go to the main page with all collection items (see section ‘How to find images?’)
2. Make sure Open Content Images is selected on the left side menu
150,464 images on 16/08/2020
Check images individually:
1. Go to the image page
2. See if you can find ‘This image is available for download, without charge, under the Getty’s Open Content Program’.
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 Getty’s Open Content Program 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?
There is no filter to find images by date of creation/publishing.
You need to 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 and a risk assessment. See more copyright guidance here.
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.
On the left menu there are options:
You can sort images by relevance or title. Also you can select multiple images to view, print and export their metadata.
Go to the image page. Below you can find magnifying glass which will open up an image in a new viewer where you can zoom it in/out (or open it in another viewer).
Go to the image page. See below object details:
Below you will also find related works, exhibitions, bibliography and educational resources.
1. Go to the image page.
2. Click on ‘Download’ button. You will have 3 options:
3. You will be asked to provide more information about how you will be using an image.
Artist name, Title, Date. Getty’s Open Content Program. Open licence (e.g. CC0 ) + a link
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