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Open Access at the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art has an open access policy for images of works of art in our permanent collection which the Gallery believes to be in the public domain. Images of these works are available for download free of charge for any use, whether commercial or non-commercial.

Open Access image downloads are now available directly from the object pages located on this website. Over 50,000 images are available for download, and we will continue to add more images for free access as more works are photographed and as works of art enter the public domain. 

A pale woman looks at the viewer with a resting expression on her face. She has wavy hair parted down the middle. She stands in front of a landscape of dark trees and a blue sky.

Open Data

We aim to make as much data as possible available to as many people as possible, in support of research, teaching, and personal enrichment. Learn about and download datasets of factual art object information for the 130,000+ artworks and artists in our collection.

Search the Collection for Downloadable Images

Browse over 50,000 works of art with images available for download. Look for the download icon when browsing the collection, or use the search tools to locate Open Access images.

Painting of a woman staring toward the viewer whole holding a bouquet of flowers. In front of her is an even larger assortment of colorful flowers.

Wikimedia Commons Project

Learn about the Gallery's efforts to make high-resolution images available as part of the Open Access initiative.

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