Lord of Engelenburg, Sheriff of Muiden

Posted on June 6, 2013

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Opnamedatum: 2010-09-29

Portrait of Gerard Andriesz Bicker, 1642 by Bartholomeus van der Helst

This work of art and thousands of others are made available as hi-res downloads courtesy of Rijksmuseum.

Rijksmuseum along with a few other major museums have opened up their collections to the virtual public, making high quality digital files accessible with versions of share based usage guidelines. This is very encouraging and hopefully more museums will follow. There is such a crazy amount of art that is truly in the public domain…it belongs to the people.

Power to the people.

Making quality reproductions available online for free use will keep the works breathing and alive throughout this century. It will undoubtedly encourage virtual museum goers to visit these institutions in the flesh after having a taste of what they have to offer.

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