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Drawing of a nude male figure, seated, with both arms and one leg raised

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Michelangelo Buonarroti, Study of a Nude for the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 1510-1511, Cleveland Museum of Art. (Photograph provided by the Cleveland Museum of Art, www.clevelandart.org)

The following institutions have adopted open-access policies, which allow you to download and use images of public-domain works in their collections without having to obtain permission or pay a fee. In ​many cases you are free to use these images however you wish, but sometimes there are additional restrictions and stipulations, so pay close attention to each institution's rights statement. Open-access policies apply only to the images, and not to the works of art themselves, so copyrighted works made since about 1900 are generally excluded. For more information, consult the Visual Resources Center's Gui​de to Open Digital Image Collections and Copyright​ page.​


Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

Birmingham Museums, Birmingham, England

British Library, London, England

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Indianapolis, IN

Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands

Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

Paris Musées, Paris, France

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT​

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