Art Institute of Chicago is letting you download their some of their most famous paintings FOR FREE

It's called going 'open access' and we're all about it!

November 3, 2018
Art Institute of Chicago

Xinhua/Sipa USA

The Art Institute of Chicago with it's bronze lions guarding the front entrance (and dressing up from time to time when the city's sports teams are in the championships) is a staple in the Loop. It is far from just a local treasure though, with the Institute being one of the oldest and largest in the country. About 1.5 million people visit the museum every year, due in part to it's impeccable repuation for curating some of the best paintings and pieces in the world. 

Now, some of those prized paintings can be yours, for free. Digitally that is. 

If you visit you will be able to peruse the tens of thousands of pieces from the AIC's collection that are now a part of the public domain. Now that's not to say that ALL of the museum is featured and available for download, but some of the Institute's most iconic pieces by some of the most renowned artists, like Manet & Monet are included. 

Talking to the Chicago Tribune, the Institute's executive creative director of experience design, Michael Neault said, “We wanted to get our collection into the hands of more people.”

The artworkd now featured in open access can be used for anything and everything, because they now have what's called a "Creative Commons Zero license." Creative Commons, the non-profit behind the license further detailed, "You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.” And that's pretty awesome. 

Get downloading HERE