Botanicals from The MET

In early 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) released over 400,000 public-domain images from its collection, available for unrestricted commercial and non-commercial use. The open access collection dates back to 8000 B.C. and includes objects from 100 geographical locations.

'Botanicals from The MET' presents a selection of objects from The MET’s open access image collection. The exhibition includes botanical watercolours, 19th century photography, a Minoan gold hairpin, etchings and a 17th century silk textile fragment.

One highlight from this show is Spiraea aruncus (Tyrol), a cyanotype from British artist Anna Atkins which marks an important historical acquisition by the museum, its earliest photograph by a woman.