May 27, 2022

New: Philly’s Barnes Foundation Embraces Open Access, Making Half of Its Art Collection Available Online

From artnet News:

The art collection at Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation just got a little easier to see. The museum has announced a new Open Access program that will provide unprecedented access to its holdings by publishing over half of its objects online.

Best known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, the museum’s holdings also include early Modern paintings, Old Masters, Native American fine crafts, and early American furniture and decorative art. Now, thanks to Open Access, 2,081 of the Barnes’s 4,021 objects have been published online. Of those, there are high-resolution images of 1,429 works available for download in the public domain.

It’s a big step for a museum that as recently as 1991 hadn’t published any color imagery of its holdings. The institution, established in 1951, was founded by eccentric art collector Alfred C. Barnes (1872–1951), who drew up strict rules for how the museum would be run.

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See Also: Open Access at the Barnes (via Medium)

See Also: Barnes Foundation Open Access & Copyright Considerations​

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