The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Museum") provides www.metmuseum.org and its subdomains (including websites accessed through mobile devices as well as downloadable mobile applications) and application program interfaces ("APIs") (collectively, the "Websites") in support of the Museum's mission to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and encourage appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art. By accessing the Websites, users agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions, which the Museum may revise at any time. Users are encouraged to visit this page from time to time to review current terms and conditions.
Last updated October 25, 2018
Yes, you are welcome to use images identified by an Open Access icon of public-domain artworks in The Met's collection for any purpose, including commercial and noncommercial use, free of charge and without requiring permission from the Museum.
To identify these images, look for the Open Access icon, Open Access icon, at the lower left of the image:
Images of works of art identified as Open Access (OA) may be used in a school report free of charge and without requiring permission from the Museum.
However, images of works of art not identified as OA, or text excerpts, may be used only if it is a personal or academic work, and not for publication in any medium except as permitted under fair use by U.S. copyright laws. All other forms of publication of copyrighted works are expressly prohibited. The copyrighted works must remain unaltered. All of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration. You should cite the source as you would any work; the citation should include the URL "www.metmuseum.org."
Anyone wishing to use the Materials from the Websites for purposes other than as authorized herein must obtain prior written approval. Permission for such use is granted on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the Museum. A usage fee may be charged depending on the nature of the proposed use.
For images of works of art under copyright or other restrictions, or to request an image not available on The Met's website, please use the Image Request Form to contact the Museum's image-licensing partner, Art Resource. For all other questions about rights and permissions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, visit Image and Data Resources.
For images of works of art from other museums or institutions reproduced on the Websites, contact the institution credited in the work's caption directly.
For any text displayed on the Websites, contact the Museum at email@example.com.
Certain out-of-print books in the MetPublications section of the website are available to print on demand. Print on demand (POD) is a printing technology in which new copies of a book are printed one copy at a time from a digital file of the book's contents. When an order is placed for a POD copy, the information is sent to a printer who prints the copy and ships it to the recipient. The POD copy is in color or black-and-white, as in the original publication, but the paper and inks are different, and the binding is paperbound. While the Museum seeks to ensure the quality of the POD printing by identifying a reputable printer, there will be some variation between the original book and the POD version. The POD option is offered through a third-party vendor as a service to users who may want a print version of an out-of-print publication. The Museum is not responsible for the POD's print quality or purchase transaction. Any additional questions about the POD can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For certain publications, copyright law or other restrictions limit the Museum's ability to provide online access to the complete texts and images. The Museum has made every effort to respect the interests of rights' holders while still providing broad public access to Museum scholarship and publications, and has endeavored to provide users with links to locate publications in libraries and bookstores. As the law or rights' holders allow, or as works move into the public domain, more Material may become available on the Websites.