The Walters Art Museum is donating more than 19,000 images of artworks from its collection to the organization running Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that is created and edited by users.

The images will be available for Wikipedia articles in any language, and can be downloaded free of charge. A spokeswoman for the museum said Tuesday that the Walters is just one of several libraries, archives and museums participating in the collaborative effort to provide public access to their collections. The images are being donated to Wikimedia, a media file repository used to create articles for the online encyclopedia.

The project is the most recent step taken by the Walters to provide free public access to its collection. Last year, the Walters placed online 10,000 images from its holdings that can be viewed by anyone with a computer at any time.

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