Using flickr to browse Art museum collections
Most art museum websites are disappointing. The pictures they display are invariably too small. And what is even a greater disincentive, is that the images are poorly chosen. Much of the time the really fine pieces in the collection are ignored while the turds of modernism are proudly displayed on the front page.
What’s a good alternative to the museum sites is to use flickr to find your favorite pieces of art. There are a few tricks to doing this:
- Don’t use the plain “Search” box located on Flickr’s front page go to their dedicated search page at flickr.com/search
- Use the full name of the museum, and don’t use quotes. Oddly enough, using quotes around the museum name cuts the search results down to almost nothing.
- Select “Full text” on the radio buttons
- Display your search results by thumbnails — otherwise it can be too time consuming to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Some ready-made Flickr search pages for notable museums
Some neat finds on Flickr
These are shown thumbnail size to stay safely within the bounds of “fair use.” However, each thumbnail links to its flickr page where you can see the full sized version.