Open Content Program: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Open Content Program is a Getty initiative to offer an ever-growing selection of our digital resources for free and without restriction on use.

Finding Open Content Images


How do I find images available under the Open Content Program?

Use the Getty Search Gateway.

If an image is available under the Open Content Program, the image page will state “This image is available for download, without charge, under the Getty's Open Content Program,” or “Digital images courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.”

Image pages look different depending on the source (J. Paul Getty Museum or Getty Research Institute) of the image. See examples below.

Example of an Open Content image from the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Example of an Open Content image from the Getty Research Institute (layout 1).
Example of an Open Content image from the Getty Research Institute (layout 2).
The image I want isn't available for download. Why not?

The Getty may not have a high-resolution digital file or the rights to release an image due to:

  • Privacy or publicity issues surrounding people depicted in an image.
  • Contractual obligations concerning how the Getty may distribute the material.
  • Copyright that is held by another party, or not yet fully researched.

Images that fall into these categories may appear on the Getty’s website, but we are unable to offer them for free download.

I need an image that is not available under the Open Content Program. How can I get it?

For images of artworks from the J. Paul Getty Museum, please see Museum Rights & Reproductions. Fees may apply.

For images of materials from the Getty Research Institute, please see Library Reproductions & Permissions. Fees may apply.

For images of Getty Center or Getty Villa architecture and gardens, contact Getty Trust Communications at (310) 440-7360 or communications@getty.edu.

Downloading Open Content Images


What size are the images that are offered for download?

Images have been compressed and are available in different dimensions and file sizes.

To determine the exact file size of an image (and, if not displayed, pixel dimensions):

  • Download the desired image.
  • Save it to a location on your computer.
  • Right-click on the image.
  • From the menu that opens, select "Get Info" or “Properties.”

All digital files are of sufficient quality for use in print publications.

If printing an image from the J. Paul Getty Museum, see Guidelines for Successful Printing (PDF, 312KB) for more information.

How do I download an image?

Step 1. Find the word “Download” directly under the Open Content image, or "Display item" directly above it.

Step 2. If the word “Download” appears without a file size next to it, move your cursor over it. A drop-down menu with three available image sizes will appear. Click on your desired size.

If the word “Download” appears with a file size (e.g., 31 MB) next to it, click “Download.”

If "Display item" appears above the image, click on that link and skip to Step 4.

The word “Download” appears under an Open Content image of an artwork belonging to the J. Paul Getty Museum.
The word “Download” appears under an Open Content image of an artwork belonging to the Getty Research Institute. (layout 1).
The words “Display item” appear above an Open Content image of an artwork belonging to the Getty Research Institute. (layout 2).

Step 3. Complete and submit the form that appears.

If you select "Publication" as your intended use, additional fields will appear that ask for publication information that will help us maintain the collection bibliography.

Step 4. The image will load in your browser window. Once the image appears in full, right-click on it. From the menu that appears, choose "Save As" or "Save Image As" and save it to a location of your choice. (On an iOS device, tap and hold the image to save.)

I need a larger digital file than what you offer for free download. Can you help?

You can request a larger image, color correction, or new photography for images in the Open Content Program.

We charge a fee for this service. See Collection Image Fees (PDF, 91 KB) for details.

If the source for the image is the J. Paul Getty Museum, please complete and submit a Museum Open Content Image Request Form (PDF, 1 MB).

If the source for the image is the Getty Research Institute, please review the information at Library Reproductions & Permissions.

The “Source” field will say "GRI [Getty Research Institute] Digital Collections" or "J. Paul Getty Museum."

Using Open Content Images


What is the copyright status of Getty Open Content images?

Images in the Open Content Program fall into two categories:

  1. Images of works that are in the public domain in the United States. The works depicted in the images are not protected by copyright, but the Getty may have a copyright interest in the digital image of the work.
  2. Images of works or material for which the Getty owns the copyright.

In either case, to the extent that the Getty owns copyright in the digital images or in what the digital images depict, the Getty has chosen to make the images freely available.

However, some images may include people or objects for which a third party may claim rights (e.g., trademark, copyright, privacy, or publicity rights). The Getty does not guarantee that all of its Open Content images are free from rights claimed by third parties. As the user, it is your responsibility to do that research.

What uses and alterations (e.g., cropping, overprinting) of the Open Content images are allowed?

The Getty places no restrictions on the use, modification, or reuse of Open Content images. The only requirement is that you not suggest or imply endorsement by the Getty. See our Terms of Use for more information.

How should I credit images from the Open Content Program?

Detailed caption information for artworks is displayed after you click the link to download an image. Please include the following credit line after the caption:

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

Please do not suggest or imply endorsement by the Getty. See our Terms of Use for more information.

My editor or publisher requires written permission to use an Open Content image. Whom do I contact?

The J. Paul Getty Trust does not issue individual permission letters to authors or publishers for material made available through the Open Content Program.

Instead, the Getty is pleased to grant this general permission to reproduce any image from its Open Content image repository to the extent the Getty has rights to do so.

The image may include people or objects for which a third party may claim rights; the Getty is not giving permission to exploit any such third party rights. As the user or publisher, you must ascertain whether any such rights exist, pay any royalties or fees claimed by any third party, and obtain all other permission that may be required for your use of the image.

To confirm that an image is found in the Open Content Program, look for either of these sentences on the image record page: “This image is available for download, without charge, under the Getty's Open Content Program.” Or, “Digital images courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.”

I previously licensed an image from the Getty that is now available under the Open Content Program. Do I need to permission to reuse the previous image?

No.

Other Questions


Is the Getty and its Open Content Program affiliated with Getty Images?

No. The Open Content Program is an initiative of the Getty Trust and is not connected in any way with Getty Images.

Have another question?

Regarding images of artworks from the J. Paul Getty Museum, email rights@getty.edu.

Regarding images of materials from the Getty Research Institute, email reference@getty.edu.

Questions may be added to this page to help other users.