The The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most famous galleries in North America and visiting it in New York is considered a rite of passage. Traveling there is expensive and buying the physical books on Amazon will cost $118. In order to make their paintings and drawings more accessible the Met is focusing on digital and is now giving away a ton of digital content for free.
Met has been focusing on digital since 2010 and had humble beginnings with only a few hundred paintings in the digital format and expanded into eBooks in 2012. Today, there is 422 art catalogs, eBooks and 400,000 free art images. All of the books are in the PDF format or are available online via a digital reader.
If you are into art on a personal level or an art history major you will want to take a gander at the MetPublications’ current collection. I would recommend African Ivories, Chess: East and West, Past and Present; Modern Design in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1890–1990; Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings; French Art Deco; or even a guide to the museum itself
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