Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley called it â€œa huge dealâ€. In a statement, director of the Met Thomas P. Campbell said: â€œOur core mission is to be open and accessible for all who wish to study and enjoy the works of art in our care.â€ The collection â€œspans 5,000 years of world cultureâ€ and, with this new venture, Campbell said the aim is to serve â€œthe interests and needs of our 21st-century audiences.â€
Loic Tallon, the Metâ€™s chief digital officer, was equally enthusiastic about the picture quality of the 200,000 works â€“ a total of 375,000 images at 4,000 pixels wide. Speaking at a press conference, Tallon said the zoom feature will allow users to â€œreally see the beauty of the imagesâ€.
Campbell claims, with the digital move, the museum â€œnow becomes the largest and most diverse open-access museum collection in the world.â€