Friday, December 31, 2010
Art and Image Resources
[ETA -- now has both links and the URL printed out.]
Victoria and Albert Museum (allows use of museum images for noncommercial personal use.)
Web Gallery of Art (These are all public domain.)
Art Renewal (All public domain)
The Artchive (These are all public domain, I think. Browse by artist and title. Get largest image by clicking to select, click on the blue line that says 'To order". Then click on the painting. Image has watermark.)
The Louvre -- Virtual Visit (Groups images by time, place, and artistic school)
The Louvre -- Search the Collection (Type a word into the search box)
Base Joconde (Searches all the museums of France. This is in French, so use babelfish for the search term. Type search term into the box on the lower right and tick avec image.)
New York Public Library Digital Image Collection
(You can limit this by date. See the lower part of the search parameters.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met approves scholarly, noncommercial use with attribution and link to Met.)
Flickr (On the bottom of the form, click to search creative commons photos only. These CC images must be attributed.)
(You can copy creative commons icons here.
Hermitage Museum (Does not expressly allow scholarly posting, but many are public domain. Images said to be invisibly watermarked.)
The British Museum (Approves noncommercial scholarly uses. Mark images copyright British Museum)
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
National Portrait Gallery (Can be searched by date to find public domain.)
Yale (250,000 images on line, all expressly free for use.)
Yale Center for British Art
With its cool search engine and many public domain images.c
Wikipedia (All the images on Wikipedia are either Public Domain or have been placed in all-use, non-attribution Creative Commons or equivalent. When you search a topic, check the bottom of the page for a notice saying 'Wikimedia Commons has media related to . . . '. To specifically search Wikimedia, the entry page is here. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Pictures_and_images )
British Paintings Online
There are over 200,000 of them. Just wonderful.
Web Gallery of Art (Again, these images are public domain)
I had just a terrible time finding the 'search' feature. Go to Gallery and the search tab is at the bottom of the page. Not a bad search engine once you find it.
Art.com This is a commercial site, beautifully searchable by subject. Many are Public Domain, but a good many are copyright, so you have to use common sense. If possible, search here to find the works, then find the image at a site with better resolution.
The Noel Collection (Allows use of images with acknowledgement of source and a link back) http://jamessmithnoelcollection.org
The page is here.
Brooklyn Museum (Non-commercial use of images permitted, with attribution, as Creative Commons. Yeah Brooklyn!)
The Tate (No explicit permission for image use for scholarly purposes, but many images are public domain. Images tend to be poor quality.)
The National Trust Museum of the U.K. (The museum forbids use without licensing. Images tend to be small and poor quality. They have some public domain images.)
Olga's Gallery (Russian oriented)
Crocker Art Gallery (Only about 500 items. Strong on California.)
Tufts Bolles Print Collection (Not indexed or searchable that I can see. Try it out to see if it matches your interests.)
LACMA, (wide range of European and American artworks. Searchable.) the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has a goodly number of searchable images. The search engine includes a parameter for selecting date. Many public domain images.
Greypony (Mainly C18 and C19.)
Scholar's Resource (Small images only, but it says where the site got them so most can be tracked down in larger format.)
Romantic Query Letter (Not indexed. Cool pictures.)
Getty Images (On the advanced search page, click 'Creative stock images' and 'All royalty-free collections'. Each image has release information below the image. Read the license agreement.)
Similar to Getty is Diomedia here. There are other stock image collections as well.
Old Paint Now here. (Searchable for keyword in box at upper left. Searchable by date on left sidebar. Some are not public domain.)
The Blue Lantern (Searchable for keyword in box at upper left.)
Japonisme (Searchable for keyword in box at upper left. Original photos are copyright to site. Prints are copyright as per date of creation. Many are public domain.)
Res Obscura (Another small blog of interesting Public Domain images.)
Pre Raphaelite Art (Searchable for keyword in box far at lower left. These are old enough to be public domain.)
Art Experts (A wide and interesting collection, searchable only by artist's name. But LOTS of minor artists.)
100 Years of Illustration (Vintage magazine covers and Adverts. I'm assuming these are all pub dom on the site.)
National Education Network (These images are for educational use. Interpreted broadly, this should include blogging on historical topics.)
National Gallery of Australia (search by keywords. Set for list+image. No express permission for scholarly use, but many are public dom.)
National Gallery of Ireland (Search by artist or date of artwork.)
Museum of the City of New York (Lovely powerful search engine. See the 'rights&reproductions tab at the top. Though they attempt to restrict use of public domain work, they have no right to do so.)
Powerhouse Museum Collection (Many creative commons images, but you have to check each image.)
Kunst Historisches Museum (This is German, so use babelfish to translate your search term. No express permission for scholarly use, but many are public dom.)
Henry Luce Center for the Study of American Culture
(New York Historical Society's eMuseum. No express permission for scholarly use, but many images are public dom.)
Canadian Museum of Civilization (No express permission for scholarly use, but many are public dom.)
The Winterthur Collection (No express permission for scholarly use. A few are public domain.)
Royal Ontario Museum (No express permission for scholarly use, but many are public dom.)
Anne Brown Military Collection (Collection of military images, many pub dom.)
The Athanaeum (Should be public domain. Searchable.)
Dobedobedo (Random but interesting.)
Madame Guillotine (Women's C18 clothing. All pub dom.)
Victorian and Edwardian Paintings (Public Domain paintings and photos. )
Creative Spaces (Searches several British museum data bases at once. The individual sites have more thorough search engines.)
Geograph Britain and Ireland These photos of British Isles places -- and many of them are just lovely -- are Creative Commons.
BibliOdyssey (Great images from old books and prints, almost all public domain.)
Do you know other collections of historically interesting images?