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Open Educational Resources (OER) by Subject: Art & Art History

Art OER Textbooks

African American Art History
Art History
Introduction to Art/Art Appreciation

Art OER Image Libraries

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Enter keywords in the “Search the Collection” box. On the results page, put a checkmark in the box for “Show only results with unrestricted images” to see images that are freely available to use (under public domain). For more information on using this site, see the LACMA blog Unframed.

  • The Met’s Open Images. “[A]ll images of public-domain works in The Met collection are available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). So whether you’re an artist or a designer, an educator or a student, a professional or a hobbyist, you now have more than 375,000 images of artworks from our collection to use, share, and remix—without restriction.”

  • National Gallery of Art Images. Images of art in the National Gallery, available at no cost.

  • The Met’s Timeline of Art History. This timeline “pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection.”

  • Rijksmuseum Online Image Catalog643 images of artworks from the Rijksmuseum collections, searchable and available for free and unrestricted use.

  • Smithsonian Open Access (SI, Public Domain and CC0). You can explore and reuse millions of digital items from the Smithsonian’s collections (2.8 million at February 2020 launch). We have released these images and data into the public domain as Creative Commons Zero (CC0), meaning you can use, transform, and share our open access assets without asking permission from the Smithsonian.

  • Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse Sets (LOC, Public Domain)

Art OER Course Materials

Art Open Access Journals

  • Art History Pedagogy & Practice (Art History Teaching Resources & CUNY) Peer-reviewed open access e-journal devoted to scholarship of teaching and learning in art history.


Content included in the OER by Subject Research Guide by Skyline Library is licensed CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise indicated.