The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the United States, has released 400,000 pictures from its private collection to online users on the web. The collection of photographs includes some that are on display at the Met and others that have never been released for public view. The images are available for folks to download, but cannot be used commercially. The Met’s images are only meant for scholarly use, as the museum defines it below:
“All school and academic work … , conference proceedings, journal articles, essays in Festschrifts, museum exhibition catalogues, non-commercially produced textbooks and educational materials, books published by university presses or the academic/scholarly imprint of commercial publishers, self-published books, and documentary films.”
If you have maybe 8+ hours to spare in a day, or want to tap into a little bit of history while discovering something new, perhaps find a little inspiration along the way, the Met’s collection is definitely one you’ll want to explore.
Take a look at some featured favorites below, which include men dressed in classy suits while mountain-climbing, and a lovely Asian street minstrel that seems to be singing a rock ‘n roll tunes.
For more info visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s official website.
CREDIT: All images, Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection