Open Content

As the first art museum in Austria, the Belvedere is committed to an Open Content Policy for images of art works no longer protected by copyright. These images are made available in print quality and free of charge via the Belvedere Website. The possibility to download high-quality images is intended to increase the collection’s international visibility and to facilitate scholarly publishing.

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Foto: Clemens Niederhammer, © Belvedere, Wien



Which media are freely available for download?

About half of the Belvedere collection is accessible online. Expansion of the available content is ongoing. Shared data is licensed under Creative Commons and free to use. All works whose copyright protection has already expired are gradually made available in a resolution that is generally sufficient for publication purposes (3508 px on the longest edge at 300 dpi). Protected works - such as works by artists who died less than 70 years ago - are subject to copyright law. In these cases, it is necessary to clarify the rights for use of such images with the Belvedere Research Center’s Reproduction & Picture Library:


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How to obtain images in higher resolution?

Images in higher resolution can be requested from the Belvedere Research Center’s Reproduction & Picture Library ( by providing the following information: intended use / type of application, desired resolution of the file, and size of the image / reproduction. User agreement will be issued after an internal review, then a secure download link will be sent.


Which Creative Commons license is used?

Images of the Belvedere are subject to the Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0). This license allows free usage of images for any kind of publication as well as their free (artistic) editing or manipulation as long as the provided credits are indicated. The license also includes commercial use.



How to obtain images that are not part of the Open Content Program?

Images that are not freely available online can be requested directly from Belvedere Research Center’s Reproduction & Picture Library ( For works which are subject to copyright law, the user is required to clear the rights. The Belvedere assumes no responsibility for the rights of third parties. If the Belvedere holds the necessary rights to a specific image, they will be gladly provided upon request.



Was bedeutet IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework)?

IIIF is a tool that offers new possibilities for the extended use of digital images: It eases the dissemination, transfer, and analysis of visual media and allows for the direct comparison of images from other repositories that also use this format. For more information, please visit the IIIF Website:


How does the download of images work and where are the photo credits to be found?

Images can be obtained by simply pressing the download button. Information about the image, the copyright and a note about the license can also be found directly in the preview setting. Prior to the download one of following use cases has to be selected:

Personal Use: If the image is used exclusively for personal purposes, please select the option "Private Nutzung". In this case an immediate transferal to the file download will take place.

Publication: If the image from the Belvedere collection is intended for publication, please select the option "Publikation / Kommerzielle Nutzung" and fill out the emerging online form. This form is for internal documentation purposes only.

Sole condition for free use of images in publications is the delivery of a copy to the Belvedere library. Agreement to this condition occurs by mouse click. Shipment of a copy to the following address:

Österreichische Galerie Belvedere
Research Center
Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27
1030 Wien


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