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Top 10 Free Books from the Metropolitan Museum of Art



Today we have a great article full of free and amazing literature courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This was brought to my attention and knew I had to share it with everyone here. And it gets better! These are just my top 10 choices…my favorite artists and lots of examples of their work. Plenty more where that came from…over 400 total complimentary ebooks and downloads from the Met.

Of course I had to search out my favorite painters of all time. Below you’ll find the book cover as well as the link to the download page. I have only had time to flip through these books, so I can’t vouch for the reading, but the imagery is priceless. Excellent if you are wanting to copy masterworks and see how they used composition in their art.


Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings


Van Gogh in Arles


Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy and Auvers


Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomical Drawings


Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings


Georges Seurat, 1859–1891


Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints


Art and Anatomy in Renaissance Italy: Images from a Scientific Revolution


Degas: 1834-1917


Paul Strand circa 1916


Bonus Books of Interest

Here are some more books that I found interesting and worth looking into. If you find any that are excellent that I haven’t listed here, please leave a comment below so others and myself can enjoy them. Thanks, see you next time!

Toulouse-Lautrec in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Degas: A Master among Masters”: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin

The Private Collection of Edgar Degas: A Summary Catalogue

Peter Paul Rubens: The Decius Mus Cycle

The Great Wave: The Influence of Japanese Woodcuts on French Prints

John Singer Sargent: A Selection of Drawings and Watercolors

John Singer Sargent’s Alpine Sketchbooks: A Young Artist’s Perspective

Masterpieces of Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Origins of Impressionism

Monet’s Years at Giverny: Beyond Impressionism

The Photographs of Édouard Baldus

Pierre Bonnard: The Graphic Art

Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth: Kuerners and Olsons

American Impressionist and Realist Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz

Art and Love in Renaissance Italy

The Art of Renaissance Europe


Daumier Drawings

Drawings from New York Collections. Vol. 1, The Italian Renaissance

Drawings from New York Collections. Vol. 2, The Seventeenth Century in Italy

Drawings from New York Collections. Vol. 3, The Eighteenth Century in Italy

Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863): Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from North American Collections

Fifteenth–Eighteenth Century French Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

German Masters of the Nineteenth Century: Paintings and Drawings from the Federal Republic of Germany

Inventing a New Art: Early Photographs from the Rubel Collection

Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Musée du Louvre, Paris

John Singer Sargent in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Romantic Vision of Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich: Moonwatchers

Vermeer and the Delft School

Winslow Homer: A Selection of Prints, Drawings and Watercolors

‘Splendid Mountain,’ A Sketchbook by the Young John Singer Sargent

Lost Paintings beneath Picasso’s La Coiffure

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