Rights and Reproductions

Rights and reproductions

Most images on this website show objects of the Nationalmuseum’s collections. Some objects in the Nationalmuseum’s collection are protected by copyright, but most are not.

This policy addresses how to use the images made available online in accordance with Swedish Copyright Law.

In-copyright images

In-copyright objects and their images are marked: © konstnären / artist / Bildupphovsrätt i Sverige. These images may not be used or published without permission from Bildupphovsrätt Sverige / the Visual Copyright Society.

If you would like to use any copyright protected images, you must contact Bildupphovsrätt i Sverige. This is because under Swedish law, you are only allowed to share the link to the object on Social Media, and not the image.


Some images online are protected by the photographer’s copyright. These images are marked as CC BY-SA may be used according to the following license terms:

Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

You are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.


You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.

No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.

For citing images marked as CC BY-SA, please use the following format:

Photo: [photographer’s name], [museum’s name] ([license]) e.g., Photo: Erik Cornelius, Nationalmuseum (CC BY-SA)

Note — In all reuse and distribution of CC BY-SA images, you must include the license terms. The easiest way to do this is by providing the link to the depicted object on this website.

Out-of-copyright marked PD (Public Domain)

Images in the Public Domain belong to our shared cultural heritage and you are free to use them however you like. The Nationalmuseum has dedicated these images to the Public Domain as they have been made exclusively by digitally reproducing works of art that are no longer protected by copyright. Even though this sometimes requires substantial resources and time, the Nationalmuseum does not consider that a new copyright emerges for the reproduction.

If you use images marked PD, we kindly ask you to include contextual information about the artwork depicted, but you are not legally required to do so. Included below are guidelines the Nationalmuseum considers to be best practices for using images in the Public Domain. First, when you use a public domain work please credit the author or creator. Second, please also credit the Nationalmuseum and the photographer who provided the work, so others will know where to find it. The more you credit the Nationalmuseum, the greater the encouragement to us and other institutions to release more of our images to the public domain. You can use the link to the object as a source, otherwise we recommend the following format:

[Artist]: [Title], [Date], Nationalmuseum (Photo: [photographer’s name]), public domain. e.g., Rembrandt: Kökspigan, 1651, Nationalmuseum (Foto: Erik Cornelius), public domain.

Third, if you use or change an image licensed CC BY-SA or marked PD, you should not attribute the changes to the creator or provider of the work. Moreover, the name or logo of the creator or provider should not be used to imply endorsement the modified work or any use of it without their consent.

Fourth, if you use a public domain work from our collection to generate new work or if you have additional information about Public Domain images from our collection that have been used for new works, please share your knowledge with us. We love to see how works in our collection are used in new creative ways. Finally, please preserve the public domain marks and notices so others may know reuse of the work is permitted. Users of a public domain work should not remove any public domain mark or notice that has been applied or provide misleading information about its copyright status. These usage guidelines are based on the Europeana Public Domain Usage Guidelines. They are not legally binding. We ask that you kindly respect them.