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As esteemed art museums continue to digitize their archives, it is becoming more and more effortless to view and learn about famous artworks by the world’s master painters, sculptors, and printmakers. So far, with over 45,000 digitally archived artworks, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC regularly update their featured image collections, which are “designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.” Titled according to theme—such as Self Portraits, Mythology, and Nature and Ecology—the collections are packed full of free images for art lovers to search, browse, share, and download via NGA Images.

Among the amazing collections, you will find high-resolution images of Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait from 1889, ancient folklore scenes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and Henri Rousseau’s iconic Tropical Forest with Monkeys oil painting from 1844–1910. The best part? You can even become a curator of your own online art collection by using the resources’ Lightbox Arranger. With this tool, you can click and drag to sort, store, and annotate each artwork. When you are done, you can download your research to create presentations, making NGA Images the perfect resource for art students and scholars.

You can start browsing the gallery's vast collection via the NGA Images website, where you can sort by artist, title, and date.

The National Gallery of Art has digitally archived 45,000 works of art that are freely available to browse and download.

Henri Rousseau, “Tropical Forest with Monkeys” 1844 – 1910, oil on canvas. John Hay Whitney Collection.

Paul Cézanne, “Flowers in a Rococo Vase” c. 1876, oil on canvas. Chester Dale Collection.

Claude Monet, “The Japanese Footbridge” 1899, oil on canvas. Gift of Victoria Nebeker Coberly, in memory of her son John W. Mudd, and Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg.



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