Download Famous Art In High Resolution

Theoretically, I could slap my own name on this and no one could stop me. Eat it, Georges Seurat. (Image: Georges Seurat/Art Institute of Chicago)

The Art Institute of Chicago recently revamped its website and released a searchable database of high-resolution art. Even better, a lot of the art is in the public domain, meaning you can legally use it however you want, even for commercial purposes.

(Check the copyright notice on each artwork’s page.) You’ll notice that while you can zoom in on most of the artworks, only the public-domain art will include a full-resolution download link.

You’ll recognise artworks like “American Gothic,” Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist,” and Monet’s “Stacks of Wheat.” A lot of these, even the ones still under copyright, make for good desktop wallpapers.

For anything in the public domain, like the Monet, you can download the largest version, send it to a service like Framebridge, and have your own framed art print. Well, art print-out. But a classy one.

You could also, theoretically, use the public-domain art in an ad. Imagine the possibilities.

Or don’t.

Art Institute of Chicago online collection | via Metafilter


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