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Ten Of The Coolest California Images From The Newly Digitized Met Archive

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On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York made international headlines when they announced that they were uploading 375,000 public domain images to the Creative Commons. All of the images are now free to download and use, with no copyright restrictions. They will also be accessible on sites like Wikimedia, according to Art News.

Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley called the announcement "a huge deal" and characterized the Met's decision as “a remarkable act of leadership” for other institutions, according to ArtNet. At a press conference Tuesday morning, the Met's director Thomas P. Campbell said that the museum “now becomes the largest and most diverse open-access museum collection in the world.” Locally, the Getty Museum and LACMA are among the institutions that have begun similar initiatives.

The Met might be a legendary New York institution, but that doesn't mean California isn't getting any love in the archive. See above for ten of the coolest California images in the newly-uploaded bounty. You can browse the whole collection here.