The Cleveland Museum of Art is putting masterpieces at your fingertips. In January, CMA announced it’s offering increased access to 30,000 collection artworks. Now, the pieces can be found online, downloaded in high-quality and used for design, research, personal and commercial use.
“We have one of the top encyclopedic collections in the world. Even if people know that, not everyone would have the chance to get here,” says Jane Alexander, CMA’s chief digital information officer. “We want to be an example so more museums will do this and as a world, we can learn more about each other and other cultures.”
Other museums have made collections available online, but CMA is the first to also include additional descriptive texts and metadata, which can be used with the art in books, lectures and more.
While high art deserves high respect, we went (admittedly) low-brow, crafting three Cleveland memes from the masterworks.