10 Musical Gems from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Massive Image Archive

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 05:00 PM

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been digitizing its vast archives and this month released for download the first installment on its website. The 400,000 (and counting) images that are in the public domain are free to use for non-commercial use without permission or fees.

The entire project – which echoes similar initiatives by the New York Philharmonic and other organizations – is part of the initiative Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC). Here are a few music-related gems.


Arnold Schoenberg, Hollywood, 1947 (George Platt Lynes/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Rudolf Serkin, Pianist, Carmel (Gift of Estate of Johan Hagemeyer, 1962/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Pablo Casals (1954) (© Yousuf Karsh/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Virgil Thomson, Leonard Bernstein, Walter Piston, William Schuman, and Aaron Copland in 1970 (© Bruce Davidson, Magnum Photos/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Opening Night, Metropolitan Opera: Men in Top Hats (Garry Winograd/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

One-Man Band Street Musician, Possibly Bethune Street, New York City (1930-33) (Walker Evans/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Subway Passengers, New York City: Mother and Daughter Beneath Symphony Poster (1941) (© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

A Virginia Brights cigarette ad featuring opera singers, ca. 1888 (The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

"The Dance Lesson" by Edgar Degas (H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Adaline Havemeyer Perkins, in memory of her father, Horace Havemeyer, 1971/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Auguste Renoir's The Daughters of Catulle Mendès, Huguette (1871–1964), Claudine (1876–1937), and Helyonne (1879–1955) (The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection/Metropolitan Museum of Art)


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Comments [4]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Classical art and classical music are facing a quickie approach to everything spurred on by commedrcial interests who disparage enlightening the public for that would provide them with a keener comprehension of quality.

Junk foods and junk music fads and kids hypnotized by their hand held i-pods, cell phones and laptops.

Jun. 08 2014 11:57 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

To one who has known, worked or studied with many of the greats of the music world, I must compliment with enthusiasm the Metropolitan Museum of Art for this project From my teenage days . I have had trips to museums here and abroad and prized that very special pleasure of seeing original works done by masters, close up. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor and opera composer. Just yesterday I sang an ALL WAGNER concert at the New Life Expo at the Pennsylvania Hotel in NYC, after celebrating with my brother, Dr. Ben Lane, his 60th reunion at Princeton University..

Jun. 02 2014 08:24 PM
Dr Seán Donnelly from Bloomfield, NJ

Compare and contrast the three daughters in Auguste Renoir's painting with that in MoMA of the Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso. One elegant and stylised, the other challenging and mysterious.

May. 31 2014 06:09 PM
Louise from NYC

Who is the unidentified figure in the first photo, of Bernstein, Piston et al? Thanks.

May. 30 2014 10:40 PM

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