2 minutes to read Posted on Wednesday January 8, 2020

Updated on Wednesday April 15, 2020

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Georgia Evans

Editorial Officer , Europeana Foundation

Exploring Europeana’s most viewed public domain works

Public Domain Day is celebrated annually on 1 January, but in 2020 Europeana Pro News is extending the focus for a whole month! This January we look at how the public domain contributes to the re-use of cultural heritage and explore different aspects of open access. In this post, we begin by highlighting which of the more than ten million public domain works accessible through Europeana were viewed the most last year. 

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Title: Liggende Venus met Amor en Anteros
Creator: François Boucher
Date: 1732 - 1776
Institution: Rijksmuseum
Country: Netherlands
Public Domain

When a work (of art, music, or literature) enters the public domain, it loses copyright protection, giving wider society the opportunity to re-use the content. Alongside open access licenses, the public domain fosters creativity and innovation by ensuring that shared cultural heritage is available to all. Here is our list of the five most viewed public domain works on Europeana.eu from 2019!

Title: Liggende Venus met Amor en Anteros
Creator: François Boucher
Date: 1732 - 1776
Institution: Rijksmuseum
Country: Netherlands
Public Domain
Title: The Triumph of Venus
Creator: François Boucher
Date: 1740
Institution: National museum
Country: Sweden
Public Domain

3. Grape juice recipe by Johanna Baltrušaitienė (Vilnius University Faculty of Communication, Lithuania). 

Title: Vynuogių sultys (receptas)
Creator: Johanna Baltrušaitienė
Date: 1873
Institution: Vilnius University Faculty of Communication
Country: Lithuania
Public Domain
Title: Turnul-poartă din strada Podului (strada Regele Ferdinand); Hid Kapu (Regele Ferdinand utca)
Creator: Veress Ferenc
Date: 1870
Institution: Images of Old Cluj
Country: Romania
Public Domain
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