Art & Design resources for the Europeana Challenge

Find rich, high quality reusable content for your art or design project

12February2016Comment

Europe’s galleries, museums, libraries and archives are rich in beautiful visual materials suitable for all kinds of art and design related projects. Increasingly these are being made available in high resolution and with open licenses, and new features in the Europeana Collections website and Europeana API allow users to find high quality materials perfect for their creative needs.

Here we will explain the different ways that you can explore, uncover and access these materials.

Europeana Collections

The recently relaunched Europeana Collections website is a searchable, visual interface to the complete collection of nearly 50 million records. Browsing through individual items you can, where available, manually download original media files. A good place to start is the Europeana Art History Collection - a broad selection of over 1.2 million art history related items, together with thematic exhibitions and curated collections.

Here are some further Collections links and tips to help you:

On the left hand side of any search results page you will see extra filters that allow you to refine your search

Colour Explorer app using the new media metadata API methods

Europeana on Pinterest

  • Europeana's Pinterest boards contain highlights from the collections hand-picked by our content specialists, representing the cream of the visual content available on Europeana.
  • Downloadable image files and simple csv format data files for each board are available on Dropbox (experimental)

Europeana Labs

On Europeana Labs we feature some of the best open datasets in Europeana. For each there is a link to browse the collection and for developers our API console shows how to query the API to extract that content. For example these include 5,000 public domain artworks from the Statens Museum for Kunst in Denmark, historic events in paintings from the Amsterdam Museum, and a collection of over 2,000 historical fashion drawings and prints.

Items from the fashion dataset

Europeana API

The Europeana API provides direct access for developers to the complete data available through Europeana. This allows the creation of powerful, content rich apps and services. Indeed our own website runs on the API, and all the search methods are available for use.

Example queries

Find out more

Need help?

Full details for the entry criteria to the 1st Europeana Challenge can be found on the Challenge page.

If you have any questions or are seeking particular content, please email api@europeana.eu