Where Can You Find Art Images Online for Free?

Many art museums offer free access to works of art online, including the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum and Yale University Art Gallery. The National Gallery of Art has an open-access policy for public domain works of art, meaning that users can download and use the images for free. This policy includes images that are free of copyright that are not under contractual restrictions and that are fully owned by the Gallery.

Some of the pieces offered by the National Gallery include Claude Monet's "Japanese Footbridge" and "Sainte-Adresse." The collection also offers works by Paul Cézanne, Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh, Gilbert Stuart, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt van Rijn. Viewers can access these paintings at Images.NGA.gov.

A similar initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Open Access for Scholarly Content, offers digital images of artwork for free on MetMuseum.org. This program is designed especially for students, teachers and cultural purposes. The Metropolitan Museum's digital collection includes more than 400,000 works of public-domain art, including a featured artwork of the day. Some of the highlights of the free online collection include works by Max Beckmann, Asher Brown Durand, Guillaume Voiriot and Rembrandt. The gallery also includes photographs of ancient sculptures and other artifacts.

The Rijksmuseum online digital collection is organized into different categories, including artist, subject and style. Visitors to Rijksmuseum.nl can save images to create personal online galleries. The online collection includes over 200,000 pieces, including works by the Dutch masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Breitner. Some of the site's masterpieces include Rembrandt's "Self Portrait," "Children of the Sea," by Jozef Israëls and Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes's "Portrait of Don Ramón Satué."