250+ Free Art Books You Can Get on Getty Museum’s Virtual Library

The Getty Museum has been a leader in championing free online art resources for years, in order to stimulate new research and educate the public about its collection. Aside from the thousands of images from the Getty Museum available online, did you know that Getty Publications has their own virtual library where you can check out over 250 books from their archives?

Getty Publications not only includes exhibition catalogs from the museum, but conservation texts and scholarly writings from the Getty Conservation and Getty Research Institutes. Whether you want to learn more about Cézanne's watercolors or the conservation of archaeological sites in the Meditteranean, the Getty Virtual Library is an incredible resource for art lovers.

Aside from standard searches by author or keyword, you can also peruse by categories like Art Education, Latin American Art, or Photography. The books are available to read online using Google Books or download as a PDF, but if you still love the feeling of a physical book in hand, they've got you covered. Each title also allows you to search WorldCat, a website that tells you what libraries nearby have the book you are searching for.

The Getty Publications virtual library offers over 250 free books online about art history and conservation.

Getty Publications Virtual Library: Website
h/t: [Open Culture]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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