The Met—already well-loved for its generous “pay as you wish” admission—is offering up another public good sure to get art buffs and wannabes clearing space on their hard drives. The Met has added 422 free titles to its MetPublications site, providing global citizens with digitized versions of new and archived books and catalogs that—if you can even get your hands on them in real life—can oftentimes ring up for more than $200 a pop.
The Met opened up their digital library in 2012, adding new titles periodically over the years. In addition to art books, the free collection boasts a slew of history and design books, including this fun one on French Art Deco and a now-out-of-print 1970s Guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. More abstruse topics such as Andean Four-Cornered Hats and a 1920s catalog of European court swords can also be found, while books zooming in on mainstream favorites like Van Gogh and Da Vinci are available in troves. And for your cross-referencing pleasure, you can also access the 400,000 free art images the museum put online last year.
Browse all 422 free titles here.
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