Free download of artworks

Free download of artworks

Many of the works in the SMK collection are marked as public domain. They belong to the public – which means that they belong to you, too.

A selection of the artworks you can download

More than 25,000 images of artworks on our website are in the Public Domain and can be found via Search the Collection. The quality varies, but we are working on replacing the older recordings with new high quality images.

On this page we have compiled a selection of around 200 images in extra high resolution, featuring some of the most prominent artworks in our collections. Scroll down to find them.

What can you use the images for?

The copyright on all of these artworks has expired because they were made by artists who passed away more than 70 years ago. Therefore they are in the Public Domain. This also means that you are free to use the images for any purpose without asking permission from the SMK or anyone else.

Since the copyright on these images has expired, you are free to:

  • Share the images – i.e. to copy, distribute, and transmit them.
  • Remix the images – i.e. modify and reuse them in new contexts.
  • Use the images in any context – e.g. teaching, research, lectures, publications, film productions, etc. This includes commercial purposes.

The images have been designated 'Public Domain' to clearly signify that they are no longer subject to copyright. They belong to the public – to you.

You can download the images individually (scroll down) or bundled as zip-files:

  1. Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1859
  2. Danish and Nordic Art 1860-1910
  3. European Art
  4. Graphics and drawings

What can I use Public Domain images for?

Images in the Public Domain are like tools in a toolbox – you can use them for all manners of purposes. Feel free to let your imagination run wild.

  • Schoolchildren and teachers might want to use the images for presentations, for inter-disciplinary and interactive learning, and as source materials for collages, animations, cartoons, etc.
  • Students and scholars can use the images to zoom in on and example specific details, create their own image banks for study purposes, and use them as illustrations in printed and online publications.
  • If you are interested in the aesthetic and creative opportunities offered by the images you can use them to personalise your smartphone, tablet, or laptop; play around with them in image processing software such as Photoshop; remix them; use them for collages, animations, and videos; print them onto t-shirts, posters, postcards, and coffee mugs; share them on social media, and much more.

See how others have used Public Domain images in their teaching

See the creative remixes of Public Domain images made by the ULK Art Labs

Proper conduct when using Public Domain images

Images in the Public Domain belong to us all, and you may use them in any way you like. Below, we share some guidelines on what to consider when using Public Domain images. It's entirely up to you if you want to follow them.

Give credit where credit is due
Please include credits for the artist when using a Public Domain work. Please also credit Statens Museum for Kunst, which made the image available to you. The more you credit SMK, the more you will encourage other museums to make their Public Domain images available online.

We recommend that you state the source of the image as follows:
Artist, title of the work, date (year), Statens Museum for Kunst,, public domain

Example: If you use an image of the artwork In a Roman Osteria by Carl Bloch, please state the source:
Carl Bloch, In a Roman Osteria, 1866, Statens Museum for Kunst,, public domain

Protect the reputation of the artist and museum
If you modify a Public Domain work, do not credit the artist or museum for the changes you make. The artist’s or museum’s name and logo should not be used to validate the modified work or any use of such work without the artist's or the museum's approval.

Show respect for the original work
Please do not use the work in ways that are illegal or misleading.  If you modify and re-publish a Public Domain work you should clearly indicate that you have made changes to the original. Please include a note stating that you have made adjustments to the original image so that other users know who have made those changes.

Share knowledge
If you use a Public Domain work to create new works, or if you have information about a Public Domain work – e.g. where it is from, who made it, or what it is about – we urge you to share your knowledge. You can do so by tagging, annotating, or commenting on Public Domain works published on the Internet, and submitting this information to the institution(s) that owns the original works.

Preserve Public Domain marks and notices
We request all users of Public Domain works to never remove Public Domain marks or notices applied to the work, and to never state misleading information about the copyright status of the work.

These guidelines are derived from The Europeana Usage Guidelines for public domain works

The guidelines are based on goodwill. They are not legally binding, but we urge you to please respect them.

Overview of the artworks

The artworks currently offered as high-resolution downloads are a selection of the museum’s highlights. You can find also browse all our highlights.


Giovanni Pisano (c. 1248- before 1319): Head of a Bearded Man, 1312-14

Ambrogio Lorenzetti (Before 1317- C. 1348): St. John the Baptist, 1337-42

Mesteren for Palazzo Venezia-madonnaen (C. 1340-60): St. Corona and St. Vittorio of Siena, 1350-51

Cecco di Pietro (Active 1370 - before 1403): Virgin and Child Playing with a Goldfinch and Holding a Sheaf of Mille, 1379

Andrea Mantegna (1430/41-1506): Christ as the Suffering Redeemer, 1495-1500

Filippino Lippi (C. 1457-1504): The Meeting of Joachim and Anne outside the Golden Gate of Jerusalem, 1497

Michel Sittow (1468-1525/26): Portrait of the Danish King Christian II, 1514/15

Lucas Cranach den Ældre (C. 1472-1553): Venus with Cupid Stealing Honey, 1530

Lucas Cranach den Ældre (C. 1472-1553): Melancholy, 1532

Jan Gossaert (1478-1532): Portrait of a Man

Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576): Portrait of the Venetian Painter Giovanni Bellini?, 1511-12

Parmigianino (1503-40): Portrait of Lorenzo Cybo, 1523

Pieter Aertsen: The Fat Kitchen. An Allegory, 1508-75

Adriaen de Vries (1550/60-1626): Cain killing Abel, 1622

Federico Barocci (C. 1553-1612): Portrait of a Young Lady, C. 1600

El Greco (1541-1614): Portrait of a Man, 1570-75

Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem (1562-1638): The Fall of the Titans (The Titanomachia), 1588-90

Willem Kalf (1619-93): Pronk Still Life with Holbein Bowl, Nautilus Cup, Glass Goblet and Fruit Dish, 1678

Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651): Venus and Adonis, 1632

Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651): Apollo and Diana Punishing Niobe by Killing her Children, 1591

Isaac Oliver I (1566-1617): A Party in open Air. An Allegory, C. 1590-1595

Ambrosius Bosschaerts den Ældre (1573-1621): Bouquet of Flowers in a Stone Niche, 1618

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): The Judgement of Solomon, C. 1617

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): Matthaeus Yrsselius (1541-1629), Abbot of Sint-Michiel's Abbey in Antwerp, C. 1624

Frans (I) Hals (1582/83-1666): Portrait of a Man, C. 1655-60

Pieter Lastman (1583-1633): The Angel Raphael Takes Leave of Old Tobit and his Son Tobias, 1618

Theodoor Rombouts (1597-1637): Card and Backgammon Players. Fight over Cards, C. 1620-30

Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588-1629): Christ Crowned with Thorns, 1620

Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678): The Apostle Peter Finding the Tribute Money in the Mouth of the Fish. Also called "The Ferry Boat to Antwerp, C. 1623

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665): Testament of Eudamidas, 1644-48

Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678): Susanna and the Elders, 1653

Jan van Goyen (1596-1656): View of the City of Arnhem, 1646

Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680): Bust of Camilla Barbadori. Mother of Pope Urban VIII Barberin, 1619

Karel van Mander III (1609/10-1670): The Artist with his Family

Karel Dujardin (1628-78): Boy Blowing Soap Bubbles. Allegory on the Transitoriness and the Brevity of Life, 1663

Willem Drost?, Rembrandts værksted (1633-58): Young Woman with a Carnation, 1656

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts (C. 1610 - after 1675): Trompe l'oeil with a studio wall and vanitas still lifes, 1668

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts (1610-1675): Trompe l'oeil. The Reverse of a Framed Painting, 1670

Domenico Gargiulo kaldet Micco Spadero (1609/10-75): Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well

Salvator Rosa (1615-73): Demokritus in Meditation, 1650-51

Philips Koninck (1619-88): Dutch Panorama Landscape with a River, 1654

Jacob Isacksz van Ruisdael (C. 1628-82): Road through an oak Forest, 1646-47

Felice Boselli (1650-1730): Skinned Head of a Young Bull

Francesco Solimena (1657-1747): The Annunciation, after 1753

Johann Salomon Wahl (1689-1765): Gerhard Morell, Curator of the Royal Danish Kunstkammer

Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743): Children Playing in the Open

Johann Wolfgang Baumgartner (1712-1761): The prodigal Son living with Harlots

Francesco Guardi (1712-93): The Bucintoro Festival of Venice. The Bacino di S. Marco with the "Bucintoro", the Doge's State Barge, on Ascension Day, 1780-93

Jacques François Joseph Saly (1717-1776): King Frederik V

Jean Francois Pierre Peyron (1744-1814): The Death of Socrates, 1787

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1696-1770): The Triumph of Pulcinella, 1753-54

Harald Giersing (1881-1927): The Judgement of Paris, 1909

Ubekendt kunstner (1526-1530 - 1569): Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple, 1569

Nicolai Abildgaard (1743-1809): The Midwife Taking Leave of the girl from Andros. From Terence´s Andria, 1801

Carl Gustaf Pilo (1711-93): Frederik V in his Anointing Robes, c. 1750

Vigilius Eriksen (1722-82): Dowager Queen Juliane Marie of Denmark, 1776

Carl Frederik Stanley (c. 1738-1813): Amor patriae. Allegory symbolising patriotism, 1777

Nicolai Abildgaard (1743-1809): The Wounded Philoctetes, 1775

Nicolai Abildgaard (1743-1809): Simo and his former slave Sosia, 1803

Jens Juel (1745-1802): Niels Ryberg with his Son Johan Christian and his Daughter-in-Law Engelke, née Falbe, 1797

Jens Juel (1745-1802): The Dancing Glade at Sorgenfri North of Copenhagen, c. 1800

Jens Juel (1745-1802): Running boy. Marcus Holst von Schmidten, 1802

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853): A View through Three of the North-Western Arches of the Third Storey of the Coliseum in Rome, 1815 or 1816

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853): Bella and Hanna. The Eldest Daughters of M.L. Nathanson, 1820

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853): The Russian Ship of the Line "Assow" and a Frigate at Anchor in the Roads of Elsinore, 1828

Hermann Ernst Freund (1786-1840): Thor Resting with his Hammer, 1828-1829

Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857): Eruption of the Volcano Vesuvius 1820, 1821

Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857): Winter Landscape. Near Vordingborg, 1827

Christian Albrecht Jensen (1792-1870): Cathrine Jensen, née Lorenzen, the artist's Wife, Wearing a Turban, c. 1842-44

Jørgen Sonne (1801-90): Rural Scene, 1848

Martinus Rørbye (1803-48): The Prison of Copenhagen, 1831

Martinus Rørbye (1803-48): View from the artist's room, c. 1825

Wilhelm Bendz (1804-32): A Young Artist (Ditlev Blunck) Examining a Sketch in a Mirror, 1826

Wilhelm Bendz (1804-32): The Waagepetersen Family, 1830

Constantin Hansen (1804-80): A Group of Danish Artists in Rome, 1837

Frederik Sødring (1809-62): The Summer Spire on the Cliffs of the Island Møn. Moonlight, 1831

Constantin Hansen (1804-80): The Arch of Titus in Rome, 1839

Christen Købke (1810-48): Self-Portrait, c. 1833

Christen Købke (1810-48): View from a Window in Toldbodvej Looking towards the Citadel in Copenhagen, c. 1833

Christen Købke (1810-48): Morning View of Østerbro, 1836

Christen Købke (1810-48): A View from Dosseringen near the Sortedam Lake Looking Towards Nørrebro, 1838

Christen Købke (1810-48): The Garden Steps Leading to the Artist’s Studio on Blegdammen, c. 1845

Jens Adolf Jerichau (1816-83): The Panther Hunter, 1845-46

Peter Christian Skovgaard (1817-75): A Beech Wood in May near Iselingen Manor, Zealand, 1857

Johan Thomas Lundbye (1818-48): A Danish Coast. View from Kitnæs by the Roskilde Fjord, 1843

Johan Thomas Lundbye (1818-48): Kolås Wood. Vejrhøj, 1846

Johan Thomas Lundbye (1818-48): Zealand Landscape. Open Country in North Zealand, 1842

Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann (1819-1881): An Egyptian Fellah Woman with her Baby, 1872

Frederik Vermehren (1823-1910): A Jutland Shepherd on the Moors, 1855

Carl Bloch (1834-90): Samson and the Philistines, 1863

Carl Bloch (1834-90): In a Roman Osteria, 1866

Theodor Philipsen (1840-1920): Late Autumn Day in the Jægersborg Deer Park, North of Copenhagen, 1886

Theodor Philipsen (1840-1920): Long Shadows. Cattle on the Island of Saltholm, ca. 1890

Kristian Zahrtmann (1843-1917): The Death of Queen Sophie Amalie, 1882

Anna Petersen (1845-1910): Breton Girl looking after Plants in Hothouse, 1884

Michael Ancher (1849-1927): The Lifeboat is Taken through the Dunes, 1883

August Strindberg (1849-1912): Storm in the Skerries. "The Flying Dutchman",, 1892

Prins Eugen (1865-1947): Ships in Winter, 1908

Peder Severin Krøyer (1851-1909): Boys Bathing at Skagen. Summer evening, 1899

Laurits Andersen Ring (1854-1933): Harvest, 1885

Laurits Andersen Ring (1854-1933): The Artist's Wife, 1897

Joakim Skovgaard (1856-1933): Christ in the Realm of the Dead, 1891-94

Anna Ancher (1859-1935): A Funeral, 1891

Niels Hansen Jacobsen (1861-1941): Motif from The Story of a Mother, 1892

Niels Hansen Jacobsen (1861-1941): The Shadow, 1897-98

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916): Seated Female Nude, 1889

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916): Artemis, 1893-94

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916): The Artist's Easel, 1910

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916): The Buildings of the Asiatic Company, seen from St. Annæ Gade, 1902

Harald Slott-Møller (1864-1937): Danish Landscape, 1891

Frants Henningsen (1850-1908): A Funeral, 1883

Albert Gottschalk (1866-1906): Winter Landscape. Utterslev near Copenhagen, 1887

Peter Hansen (1868-1928): Playing Children, Enghave Square, 1907-08

Amadeo Modigliani (1884-1920): Alice, c. 1918

Joachim Anthonisz Wtewael (1566-1638): John the Baptist Preaching in the Forest, 1618

Johann König (1586-1642): The Brazen Serpent, Year unknown

Benvenuto Tisi da Garolfo (1481-1559): The Virgin with Child, c. 1497-1500

Allaert van Everdingen (1621-75): Norwegian Scenery, Efter 1664

Claude Lorrain (1604/05-82): River Landscape with Herdsmen, Ca. 1630

Giovanni Paolo Pannini (1691-1765): Interior of the Pantheon, Rome

Frans Hals (1582/83-1666): Portrait of René Descartes (1596-1650), C. 1649

Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem (1562-1638): Allegory on the Brevity of Life, 1617

Sebastian Vrancx (1573-1647): A Feast in an Italian Villa, C. 1620

Donato Bramante (c. 1444-1514): St. Christopher with the Infant Jesus, c. 1490

Abraham Willaerts (1603-69): A Battle near a Coast between Spaniards and Disembarking Dutchmen, 1641

Pieter Wouwerman (1623-82): View of Paris seen from the Place Dauphine, Acquired 1696

Salvator Rosa (1615-73): Diogenes Throwing away his Drinking Cup, 1651

Ferdinand Bol (1616-80): The Holy Women at the Sepulchre, 1644

Hans Holbein den Ældre (c. 1465-1524): Head of a Crossbowman, c. 1516

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528): Abduction on a Unicorn, 1516

Ubekendt kunstner (active about 1460): Venus, ca. 1460

Maerten van Heemskerck (1498-1574): Christ Being Crowned wiht Thorns, c. 1548

Melchior Lorck (1526/27-88): Ten Women of Stralsund, 1571/73

Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678): Like to Like, 1640/45

Rembrandt van Pijn (1606-69): The Gust of Wind, 1650/51

Salvator Rosa (1615-73): Studies for the Death of Empedocles, after 1666

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78): The Tomb of the Istacidi, Pompeii, 1777/78

Johan Heinrich Füssli (1741-1825): Woman Sitting. Curled up, 1778 or later

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853): At a Window in the Artist's Studio, 1852

Edouard Manet (1832-83): Lying on the Beach. Annabel Lee, c. 1881

Edgar Degas (1834-1917): Intimacy, c. 1877-80

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916): Portrait of Ida, the Artist's Wife, 1898

Jan Lievens (1607-74): Self-Portrait, C. 1635

Lo Scheggia (Giovanni di Ser Giovanni Guidi) (1406-86): Nuptual Chest (Storage Chest). So-called "Cassone" or "Forziere", C. 1450-75

Louis Tocqué (1696-1772): Portrait of Frederik Christian Krag (1726-1763), 1761

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665): Moses and the Burning Bush, 1641

Mesteren for Skt. Maria Magdalena-Legenden (Active from c. 1486 - c. 1526): The Raising of Lazarus, 1515-20

Pieter de Ring (C. 1615-60): Pronk Still life, C. 1655

Frans Jansz Post (1612-80): Landscape in Brazil with Sugar Plantation, 1660

Daniël Seghers (1590-1661): A Stone Cartouche with a Garland of Flowers, C. 1655

Marcus Tuscher (1705-51): A Family Group on a Terrace in the Grounds of a Villa. Possibly the English Businessman George Jackson and his Family, 1737

Bernardo Eberhart Keilhau (1624-87): A Girl and a Boy with a Brazier, C. 1655-60

Jacob Marrel (1614-81): A Glass Vase with Flowers, C. 1669

Karel van Mander III (1609-70): A Moor Wearing a Turban and Armour, Acquired 1996

Skt. Ildefonso-Mesteren (Active from the end of the 15th century): Saints Paul and James the Great (St James of Compostela), Ca. 1460-1500

Hendrik Schoock (1630-1707): Flowerpiece, Acquired c. 1822

Georg Hainz (1630-1700): Kunstkammer Cabinet with Ivory Goblet, 1665-67

Hendrik Schoock (1630-1707): Flowers, Acquired 1834

Adriaen Pietersz van de Venne (C. 1589-1662): "How Well We Go Together", Acquired 1759

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts (Active from 1657-after 1683): Trompe l'oeil of a Letter Rack with Proclamation by Frederik III

Eugenio Cajés (1575-1634): The Fall of the Rebel Angels

Lucas Cranach den Ældre (c. 1472-1553): The Judgement of Paris, 1527

Jaspar Beckx (Before 1627 - 1647): Pedro Sunda, a Servant of Don Miguel de Castro

Lucas Cranach den Ældre (c. 1472-1553): The Crucifixion, c. 1506-1520

Lucas Cranach den Ældre (c. 1472-1553): The Stag Hunt of the Elector Frederic the Wise (1463-1525) of Saxony, 1529

Gillis van Tilborgh (C. 1625 – c. 1675): A Picture Gallery with an Artist Painting a Woman and a Girl. Allegory of the Art of Painting

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916): Interior in Strandgade, Sunlight on the Floor, 1901

Laurits Andersen Ring (1854-1933): Whitewashing the Old House, 1908

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669): Sketch for The Knight with the Falcon, known as "The Crusader", 1659-1661

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts (c. 1610- after 1675): Trompe l'oeil. A Cabinet in the Artist's Studio, 1670-1671

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts (c. 1610- after 1675): Trompe l'oeil. Board Partition with Letter Rack and Music Book, 1668

Johannes Simon Holtzbecker (1610-20 - 1671): Gottorfer Codex, 1649-1659

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669): Study of an Old Man in Profile, c. 1630

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Stærkt initiativ.. Mere af det fra andre museer.
  • Andreas
  • 26-05-15 23:22
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