The Metropolitan Museum of Art has put a collection of 400,000 (and growing) images online and made it all available for free use.

Image: One of the now freely available images: View of Toledo, El Greco / The Metropolitan Museum of Art, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929.


You can browse the collection here for all of the newly available public domain images, which you can find marked with an "OASC" tag. The Met is one of a growing number of museums and archives that have been letting their collections spill over into public use recently — and that's exciting for a couple reasons.

One is that many have included not just items currently on display, but also those locked away in storage, which is a great way to open up museum archives. But it's also creating a gigantic network of museum-quality art that's easily shared — so let's share.


What are some of your favorite works of art, whether visual, written, or audio, that have made it into the public domain? Post pictures, excerpts, and links below for us all to peruse.