In a first for an Australian public art gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria is releasing more than 30,000 high-resolution images of works of art from the NGV Collection, including significant works such as Giambattista Tiepolo’s The Banquet of Cleopatra 1743−44, Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa c. 1830 and Emma Minnie Boyd’s Interior with figures, The Grange 1875.
The NGV’s Open Access program, a five-year digitisation project, is an ambitious initiative which allows the public to easily download high-resolution image files from the NGV website for non-commercial and scholarly use. The works will be available for a wide range of non-commercial opportunities, including educational and scholarly materials, such as books, presentations and research papers.
In 2014, the NGV put in motion an ambitious plan to digitise the entire NGV Collection to ensure its vast holdings are accessible to local, regional and global audiences. Employing a team of highly skilled photographers and cataloguers to move its collection online, the NGV has now digitally catalogued more than 70 percent of its 75,000-public works. The NGV is the only Australian public art gallery with a selection of its digitised collection free and downloadable for non-commercial use.
‘Digitisation of the NGV Collection has created an important research and learning tool for students, teachers, curators and academics worldwide. Through Open Access, the NGV is able to reach new audiences regardless of their location and increase the accessibility of an important cultural asset, the NGV Collection’ said Tony Ellwood AM, Director, National Gallery of Victoria.
The NGV Open Access program includes some of the most iconic and enduringly popular works from the NGV’s Collection, such as:
- Giambattista Tiepolo, The Banquet of Cleopatra, 1743–44
- Katsushika Hokusai, The great wave off Kanagawa c. 1830.
From the Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji series, 1826−33
- Emma Minnie Boyd, Interior with figures, The Grange, 1875
- Tom Roberts, Shearing the rams, 1890
- J. M. W Turner, Falls of Schaffhausen (Val d’Aosta), c. 1845
- Clarice Beckett, Evening light, Beaumaris, c. 1925
- Dorrit Black, Gum trees, 1933−35
The NGV’s online collection is further enhanced by the NGV App, which provides a guide to navigating the gallery’s collections, programs and exhibition spaces.
Download the NGV App via https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/x/ngv-app/
Explore the NGV Collection via https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/