It’s no secret that art books are expensive. They’re wonderful resources and often great reads, but just a few titles can set you back hundreds of dollars.

The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry is listed at $138. on Amazon.

The Art of Illumination

The Art of Illumination, Metropolitan Museum Catalog

You could order it, pay for shipping, and wait for delivery. Or, you can download it—along with 437 other titles—now and enjoy it immediately, courtesy of the Met, at no charge. Just visit MetPublications on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website and look for the category: Book Titles with Full Text Online. You can also use this link



Additionally, the Met has made over 400,000 high-res art images available online through a program that they call Open Access for Scholarly Content or OASC.

Paul Klee

Artist: Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Date: 1919
Medium: Watercolor and ink on paper mounted on cardboard
Dimensions: 8 x 10 3/8 in. (20.3 x 26.4 cm)
Classification: Drawings
Credit Line: The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987
Accession Number: 1987.455.1

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