Paris museums release over 320,000 works of art online

High resolution scans from artists such as Cezanne and Renoir can now be downloaded legally and free of charge.

Paris Musées, a public institution incorporating the city’s 14 museums, has uploaded 321,178 works of art to its website.

More than 150,000 of those images – which include paintings, photographs, and coins – are in the public domain and users can download them in 300 DPI high definition. The other artworks can be viewed, but are not available in high definition.

Users can browse the museum’s catalog or view specially-curated virtual exhibitions. 

The scans may be accessed at http://parismuseescollections.paris.fr/en.