Available for free download

All of the works in The Nivaagaard Collection are part of our common cultural heritage and accordingly fall under the public domain. They belong to everyone – including you.

What can you use the works for?

The works belong in the public domain as the copyright on them has expired due to their age. You are therefore allowed to download and use the images of the works for any purpose without seeking authorisation from the museum or anyone else first.

For instance, you can:

  • Share the images – i.e. copy and distribute them
  • Use the images for commercial and non-commercial purposes such as education, research, lectures, publications, film productions, etc.

The images are marked with Creative Commons’ Public Domain-dedikation to make it clear that they are no longer subject to copyright.

Best practice when using public domain images

We ask that you show respect for the original works when using their images in new contexts. In order to help others find the original works and download images of them, please credit Nivaagaards Malerisamling when publishing any of these images.

We recommend that you credit the images as follows:
Artist, Name/Title of the work, date (year), The Nivaagaard Collection

For example, if you were to use the image of Giovanni Bellini’s work Portrait of a young man, we recommend you credit the image as follows:
Giovanni Bellini, Portrait of a young man, c. 1490. The Nivaagaard Collection

Show respect for the original work

Please do not use the work in any manner that is unlawful and/or misleading. When you modify and redistribute a public domain work, you should clearly indicate any changes you have made to the original work. You should label the work to show you have changed it, so that other users know who made the Changes.

Preserve public domain marks and notices

We ask that users of public domain works do not remove any public domain marks or notices that have been applied and do not provide misleading information about their copyright status.


These rules of thumb are derived from Europeana’s public domain usage guidelines.

They are based on goodwill and are not legally binding. We ask that you please respect these guidelines.


Translator: The translation agency Diction – J. Niclas B. Jensen

Public domain