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.
Approximately 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 160 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:
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.
Proper conduct when using Public Domain images
We ask you to please respect the original images when you use pictures of them in new contexts. In order to allow others to see where the original works can be found, and where they can download the images themselves, we ask you to include a reference to the SMK.
We recommend that you state the source of the image as follows:
Artist, title of the work, date (year), Statens Museum for Kunst, www.smk.dk, 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, www.smk.dk, public domain
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.
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.
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.
Be culturally aware
If the work contains culturally sensitive elements, we urge you to be considerate and show discretion in your choices; please be aware of whether your adjustments or usage of such elements may be offensive to other people or cultural communities.
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
All the works currently offered as high-resolution downloads are among the museum’s highlights. You can find an overview of the works here: