Art under CC0: Use works of art free of charge and royalty-free as a webmaster and blogger

Art for website and blog, free of charge and without lint, use art works without copyright, database for old masters, art, sculptures, vessels and history

Yes, I have free and royalty-free images for your website, blog or online shop published a post last week. But now there is still the special case ArtSo if you want to use a possibly centuries-old picture, a photo of a sculpture or the like, write a treatise about it or use it in some other way. In that case, I would like to give you a source and some more information about artwork on your own website, copyright and so on.

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, sketched by Rembrandt (excerpt). In this guide you can find out where I got the picture royalty-free and free of charge for this blog;)

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, sketched by Rembrandt (excerpt). In this guide you can find out where I got the picture royalty-free and free of charge for this blog;)

Art under a Creative Commons license, is that possible?

That's fine. If you want to use pictures of art as well as images of works of art such as portraits, canvas paintings and the like, then there are works of art that are available under CC0. Short explanation: CC0 means that no rights to the work are asserted, so you can use it as you see fit. All information about the Creative Commons Standard Is there ... here - as well as in short form .. But back to the topic: where do you find this art and are all works of art, figures, sculptures, photos and whatever you are looking for?

Metropolitan Museum of Art: MET has over 441.000 recordings

The collection is not all-encompassing, neither relating to the world of art nor to the museum itself. However, the Metropolitan Museum of Art from New York currently offers more than 441.000 works or their images for free use on its website. With various filters by type, artist, material, origin, era or department as well as a search bar, you can quickly and easily find the right royalty-free work of art for your website. More than 5.000 years of art are available to you free of charge, even if you just want to educate yourself;)

Click here to go to the MET page with the collection of your new pictures!

Free, royalty-free art from MET: develop your own search tool

For the developers among you and for those who want to include the museum's offerings on their picture page, there is good news: you can create your own search tool. Data, files and more information about it can be found at GitHub. But even if you are not a developer, but simply "only" webmasters who want to prepare their pages in a more tasteful, antiquated or historical way, you should take a look at the offer of the MET. Definitely worth it!

Conclusion on art and works of art under CC0

It is therefore possible to use royalty-free and free works of old masters as well as pictures or photos of works of art. So you don't necessarily have to go to the museum yourself and take a photo for the website. You can't just pull any image you want from the Google image search, but with the offer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art you already have a good starting point to prevent disputes over copyright. Many of Leonardo da Vinci's works are also included, not the Mona Lisa or the Bella Principessa, but many other portraits and anatomical studies.

A search at the Metropolitan Museum of Art yields 330 hits for da Vinci, but studies of his works (see above) are also included. In total you get more than 441.000 works of art and pictures / photos of art under CC0 license!

A search at the Metropolitan Museum of Art yields 330 hits for da Vinci, but studies of his works (see above) are also included. In total you get more than 441.000 works of art and pictures / photos of art under CC0 license!

What do you think about the offer? Should there be more of it or do you see the danger that art could now be alienated for every possible and impossible purpose? Feel free to leave a comment on it :)

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2 comments

  1. Magdalena says:

    Hi John,

    how do you know that the pictures at metmuseum.org are freely usable?
    Lg, Magdalena

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Hello Magdalena,
      A post was published on the museum's official blog in February 2017: siehe hier ;) There you will also find further information on the CC0 marking of the individual images as well as information on the partnership between the MET and Wikimedia, etc.
      LG
      John

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