Get Free High-Resolution Digital Art from the Metropolitan Museum

Metropolitan Museum download

You can now download those fabulous works of art in high resolution from the Metorpolitan Museum in New York City and use it as wallpapers on your computer.

If you have a passion of fine art, you’re probably very familiar with the collection at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Did you know that you can now download those fabulous works of art in high resolution, to use as wallpapers on your computer?

High-Resolution Art

Museums are not big fans of providing high-resolution digital versions of the art they’re exhibiting. Reasons such as helping in the creation of forgeries are often quoted for this. However, the Metropolitan Museum has decided to follow the lead of the Getty Trust and is making available online over 400,000 works of art.

These fabulous works of art can be downloaded from the Museum’s website and what’s even nicer is that they can be used for non-commercial purposes. The Museum has promised that the number of works of art available on its website in digital format will grow over time.

Among the available ones are works by Pablo Picasso and Rembrandt, so there are a lot of nice things to admire.

What I love about this initiative is that you can actually save the files and set them as wallpapers on your computer. To do so, just visit the Collection’s website here and navigate through a section until you find the work of art you want to download. As you’ll notice, the website is pretty easy to use.

Metropolitan Museum art

Found what you wanted? Click the little download button under it to get the high-resolution version, which you can then save wherever you want on your hard drive.

Metropolitan Museum download

For those of you who appreciate quality are and photography, this is welcomed as it comes on the heels of Getty Images launching a service that allows you to publish some of its famous imagery for free. It’s nice to see high quality imagery available online. Just remember the art from the Metropolitan Museum is free for personal use only.



  1. Konrad Poth

    May 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

    As a digital art hobby painter, thanks much for that info, Bogdan!

    • Bogdan Bele

      May 30, 2014 at 9:14 am

      My pleasure, I’m glad it helped you.

    • Steve Krause

      May 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Also as a reminder — the MET is not the first institution to make all their fine art available online. The Getty Foundation did this earlier last year:

      Enjoy ;)

  2. Steve Krause

    May 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Last night I spent about two hours going through a few of the collections. Just amazing! Nice find Bogdan!

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