The Metropolitan Museum has just made a stunning announcement: 375,000 images from its collections will be made available for free use.
That’s right: free use. As in, you can use the images freely for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. You can even adapt, modify or build on them. This initiative has come about through the Met’s Open Access policy and is being operationalized via Creative Commons. You can read all about it in this post from the Met’s Facebook page: http://mymodernmet.com/metropolitan-museum-of-art-open-access/
For us, here at Versailles Century, this obviously means worry-free, user-friendly access to hundreds of images of the Château, its contents, and its surroundings. As a foretaste, here are some images of Versailles from the Met’s collections.
A view of the Château from the courtyard by Sylvestre:
A general view by Perelle:
A panoramic view from the gardens by Lespinasse:
An early view from the gardens before the addition of the two great wings to the north and south of the centre block:
Finally, a distant view from the southwest, again by Lespinasse:
I can testify from preparing this blog post that it’s incredibly easy to search for the Met images on the Creative Commons website — just click the Met button after typing in your search terms — and then download and attribute them. I look forward to bringing you many, many more images courtesy of the Met and Creative Commons, to whom I think we all owe a debt of gratitude!