Free books online from The MET and The Guggenheim, New York

THANK YOU.

The MET has put the full texts of hundreds of books on art online. Thank you! Copyright laws and fiscal gain aside, this is how it should be. Art books for all. This goes hand-in-hand with plans from Ol’ Googly Eyes in Manhattan: The Guggenheim has also recently announced that they will offer around 100 art catalogues for free online.

Here are some of my favorites:

This out-of-print title, American Ingenuity: Sportswear, 1930s–1970s, put together by Richard Martin, Curator of The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1998, is a fave of mine! There are some wonderful images and information inside. Here are some snippets:

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From the out-of-print The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480-1620, Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. LaRocca, and Dirk H. Breiding (2005)

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From  The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nickel, Helmut, Stuart W. Pyhrr, and Leonid Tarassuk (1982)

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From Bare Witness: Clothing and Nudity by Martin, Richard, and Harold Koda (1996)

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Full texts from the MET here.

Full catalogues from The Guggs here.

Happy hunting!