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Thousands of medieval images available for free, thanks to Albertina Museum

A museum in Austria has made available over 150,000 images into the public domain, including many from the Middle Ages. Fans of Albrecht Dürer will be particularly delighted, as more than 2100 of his works are now available.

The Albertina Museum, located in Vienna, is considered to have one of the best collections of drawings and prints in the world. Recently, they put into the public domain most of the online image collection, which will allow people to use the images freely.


Nearly 4,000 of these images date between the 12th and 15th centuries, with another 23,000 dating to the 16th century. The Albertina has a large collection of works by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), a German artist who was famous for his woodcut prints and a variety of other works. Click here to visit their online collection.

Here are ten of our favourite medieval images from the Albertina collection:

A twelfth-century drawing attributed to Westdeutscher Meister – image courtesy Albertina, Vienna
This lion is a watercolour by Albrecht Dürer, made at the end of the 15th century – image courtesy Albertina, Vienna
Mary, Jesus and Joseph, from a depiction made in 1430, in either Austria or Moravia – image courtesy Albertina, Vienna
The Flight into Egypt and Baptism of Jesus Christ, depicted around 1320 – image courtesy Albertina, Vienna
The Passion of Christ, drawn by Albrecht Dürer in 1496 or 1497 – image courtesy Albertina, Vienna
The initial V with Christian images, originally part of a manuscript made around 1330 – image courtesy Albertina, Vienna
An architectural drawing of San Lorenzo Cathedral in Florence, Italy, made in 1515 by Giuliano Giamberti da Sangallo. Image courtesy Albertina, Vienna
A 15th-century depiction of St Christopher, from Northern Italy – image courtesy Albertina, Vienna
A view of Nuremberg, depicted by Albrecht Dürer in 1495 – image courtesy Albertina, Vienna
A study of a male figure, made by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1504 – image courtesy Albertina, Vienna