Sunday, January 12, 2020

The collections of the Paris Museums

Seen in Hyperallergic (link): Paris Musées announced yesterday that it is now offering 100,000 digital reproductions of artworks in the city’s museums as Open Access (free of charge and without restrictions) via its Collections portal. Paris Musées is a public entity that oversees the 14 municipal museums of Paris, including the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais, and the Catacombs. To get an impression, I downloaded the 1879 work Portrait of Victor Hugo by Bonnat, which came as a 2.86 MB file (4195x5247px). This high resolution allows zooming in for details, as shown above: this is less than 10% of the total painting. Well worth checking out.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.