1930’s Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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“The Cathedrals of Broadway” by Florine Stettheimer, an American artist, painted with oil on canvas, 1929


A new digital collection of images is now available thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Director Thomas Campbell announced the Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) program that allows the public to use images of some of the museum’s collection. From the press release of May 16, 2016:

“OASC was developed as a resource for students, educators, researchers, curators, academic publishers, non-commercial documentary filmmakers, and others involved in scholarly or cultural work. Prior to the establishment of OASC, the Metropolitan Museum provided images upon request, for a fee, and authorization was subject to terms and conditions.”

You can read more about it here:


The images must have the OASC mark on the lower right in order to be downloaded. I just searched using “1930’s” to find the Florine Stettheimer painting and some of the results were probably acquisitions from the 1930’s. I couldn’t find a lot of fashions from the 1930’s that had the OASC mark, but it’s encouraging to know that more items will be added; this is just the beginning. I did find a fashion sketch from the 1930’s and a Roman mosaic tile that I think would make a neat quilt top design.

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Costume Design, a watercolor painted by Olga Marynowsky in the 1930’s


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2nd century A.D Roman mosaic floor panel



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