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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.
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?
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;)
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!
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.
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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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.