May 26, 2022

Partnership: ARTstor Will Make More than 10,000 Hi-Quality Images Available to Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Note: The ARTstor blog post below includes a mention of a new initiative, Open ARTstor.

From the ARTstor or DPLA Web Sites:

ARTstor is partnering with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to provide access to more than 10,000 high-quality images from six leading museums.

As part of its collaboration with ARTstor, the DPLA will aggregate and make available data records and links to images from six major American museums: the Dallas Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art (paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection), the Walters Art Museum, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. In addition to linking to the original contributing museum’s own website, each DPLA record will link to the image in [our emphasis]Open ARTstor, a new ARTstor initiative that allows users to view and download large versions of public domain images.


ARTstor’s Digital Library (which currently includes over 1.5 million images aggregated from over 250 museums, artists, libraries, and archives around the world) is licensed to more than 1,500 subscribing institutions worldwide for exclusively non-commercial educational uses. Open ARTstor, launching in phases over the course of 2013 and beginning with the DPLA collaboration, will make thousands of public domain images from the collections in the Digital Library freely accessible to everyone.

“We are enormously grateful for this partnership with ARTstor and its partner museums,” remarked Dan Cohen, DPLA Executive Director. “Our vision for the Digital Public Library of America has always been one of open access to the full range of human expression, including visual culture, and ARTstor’s contribution adds vital works of art to our growing, networked collection.”

“The DPLA is quickly realizing a vision of raising discovery of our shared cultural heritage to a whole new level,” said ARTstor President James Shulman. “We look forward to our collaboration serving everyone from the boxer who is fascinated with Eakins’s ‘Taking the Count’ (Yale) to someone studying a mask of The Bad Spirit of the Mountain made by the Yup’ik Eskimo people (Dallas Museum of Art) via open educational resources such as smARThistory/Khan Academy.”

Read the ARTstor or Complete Announcement

See Also: National Gallery of Art (U.S.) Launches NGA Images Database and Open Access Policy (March 16, 2012)
More than 20,000 images are available.

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