Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Met's books online for free

Vincent Van Gogh, The Drawings, 2005

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has some of the best art books available, especially in the area of art history.  For instance, want a book about Vincent Van Gogh's drawings?  Try the Met.  Vincent Van Gogh The Drawings, published in 2005 from Yale publishing,  is a 375 page book containing a thorough survey of images as well as nice essays from notable scholars.

This week, the Met announced that catalogues and books from the Met are now online for free.  Although some of the books are only previews or parts of books, the site is well designed with easy to use search engines.  Each book has easy access to chapters.   The home page allows searches by individual artist or time periods.

The online site includes 642 books about art and art history, with full contents of 368 out of print titles. Currently in-print titles may be previewed and fully searched online, with links to purchase the books. The full contents of almost all other titles may be read online, searched, or downloaded as a PDF, at no cost.

Some of our favorite titles: 

Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper :Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://www.metmuseum.org/research/metpublications/Abstract_Expressionism_Works_on_Paper_Selections_from_The_Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art

Art and Anatomy of Renaissance Italy: Images from a Scientific Revolution: http://books.google.com/books?id=u_U59cV_UCsC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Glitter and Doom: German Portraits of the 1920's: http://www.metmuseum.org/research/metpublications/Glitter_and_Doom_German_Portraits_from_the_1920s

Here is the link to the entire site:


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