Art Class: MetPublications – Free Art Books From The Metropolitan Museum of Art

YG Mason | Art Class: MetPublications
Alfred Stevens, In The Studio (1888)

Having featured a couple of great image libraries (see here and here for the posts on the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Freshwater and Marine Image Bank), I now feel compelled to come up with better and better free resources.

Today the spotlight is on MetPublications, an ever-expanding collection of freely downloadable art publications which have been made available online by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the time of writing, there are no fewer than 456 books available with their full texts.

Here are a few that stood out to me at first glance:

Along the Ancient Silk Routes: Central Asian Art from the West Berlin State Museums

American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885–1915

Momoyama: Japanese Art in the Age of Grandeur

Persian Tiles

I’ll always prefer the feel of a printed book over the slickest of digital presentations, but there has to be some value in a digital library when you can fill it with hundreds of out-of-print art tomes for free.

While you’re browsing at the Met, I’ll be rummaging in the virtual stacks for more goodies.

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