If you’re not heading to Chicago anytime soon, don’t sweat; The Art Institute of Chicago has recently digitised their entire collection, meaning you can view over 44,000 artworks at home, for free.
You can now access over 44,000 artworks for free from the comfort of your own home thanks to The Art Institute of Chicago.
In a bid to make artworks more accessible for academic scholars, students and the general public alike, The Art Institute of Chicago opened the floodgates and provided free, unrestricted access to 44,313 artworks with enhanced image viewing qualities, allowing viewers to see the works in greater detail.
“Check out the paint strokes in Van Gogh’s ‘The Bedroom,’” the Art Institute writes on its website, “the charcoal details on Charles White’s ‘Harvest Talk,’ or the synaesthetic richness of Georgia O’Keeffe’s ‘Blue and Green Music.’”
The Art Institute of Chicago is following the lead of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sweden’s Nationalmuseum, who have both made all of the public domain works in their collections available for free online. The Nationalmuseum has also waved its entry fee, meaning you can view the works for no charge online and in person.
Within six months of uploading their collection to the world wide web, the New York Met saw a 64 per cent increase in image downloads and a 17 per cent spike in traffic for the online collections.
Here are some of the artworks available on The Art Institute of Chicago’s website:
Check out the collection over on The Art Institute of Chicago’s website.