Mission: To preserve images of artwork for future generations, to provide the photographic equipment needed to achieve iconographic conservation purposes and to make the images available to all audiences, including individuals, scientists, and other professionals.
About: Keeping true to its mission, RMN-GP provides open access to nearly 800,000 photographic images of artwork from France’s national and regional museums including the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, Chantilly’s Condé Museum and Palais de Beaux Arts of Lille; as from foreign collections such as London’s National Gallery, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dresden’s Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.
Every Painter Paints Himself (EPPH) provides clear and concise explanations of Western masterpieces and reveals the universal themes around which artists have long weaved visual illusions. It is intended to make the study of and analysis of art accessible and relatable, and to perhaps, offer an alternative way of ‘looking at’ artistic works.
Users have the option to explore works by theme or by artist. The ‘galleries‘ contain higher resolution images, enabling users to view works in greater detail; while the ‘essays‘ offer more comprehensive discussion of selected works. Both sections are intended to supplement ‘themes‘ & ‘artists’.
EPPH was conceived of and is maintained by Simon Abrahams, an independent art historian.
- Themes: Alter Ego, Poetic Mind, Eye, Craft, Metamorphosis, Spiritulity
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Self Portrait (1982):
“No regular user of this site could fail to recognize that the arrow held in the outstretched arm below is a “paintbrush”. It may look like an arrow but that’s what paintbrushes can sometimes resemble in an artist’s mind. Arrows are, in an archer’s hands, accurate, swift, powerful, violent and able to penetrate the human body. See, for example, paintings of St. Sebastian under Brush and Palette. All visual poets seem to understand this though no writer on art, as far as I know, has ever noted it. Yet Jean-Michel Basquiat at the age of twenty-two had a deep, visceral understanding of art.”
Themes: Every Painter Paints Himself
Every Painter Paints Himself (EPPH) | Art’s Masterpieces Explained
The Essence of Line, a database of nineteenth-century French drawings, contains more than 900 works from the collections of The Baltimore Museum of Art, Peabody Institute Art Collection, Maryland State Archives and the Walters Art Museum. It features works by Eugéne Delacroix, Honoré Daumier, Paul Cézanne, and Edgar Degas (among others) including preparatory sketches and studies to elaborate watercolors and oils. The site allows users to Search the Collection and to Create Your Own Gallery (requires free registration). Highlights showcases key works of art and Albums & Sketchbooks provides insight on the working processes of artists and the dynamic between artist and collector.
The Essence of Line is sponsored by The Richard C. von Hess Foundation with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Information About Artists and Where to Find Their Work
Art in Context was established in 1995 to serve the international fine art community and general public by providing an online reference library for the publication and dissemination of information about artists and where to find their work. The library catalogues and presents information added by curators, dealers, artists, writers and others from around the world.
The mission of Art in Context is to collect, contextualize, disseminate and preserve information about fine art through communication and information technologies. Art in Context Center for Communications serves as a multicultural fine art reference resource increasing the availability of information for education and research, and provides a forum for the freedom of artistic expression.
Art in Context is a publicly supported nonprofit organization and member of Metropolitan New York Library Council and the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association.
An alphabetical list of resources offering 100% free photos:
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- Cepolina Photo
Each photo can be saved in five formats (up to 1024X768 pixels). You can download any photo for private or commercial use.
- Freerange Stock
Registration required to download free stock photos and free textures. All images are at least 2400 x 1600, and photos can be used for commercial or personal projects
- Image After
You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial
You can use these images for whatever you want, personal, commercial or non-profit use for free
Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!
- Nations Illustrate
Gallery of pictures from all corners of the world.You can download pictures both for personal and business (some restrictions may apply)
You can download up to 10 free images a day from PhotoXpress after free registration and following it on Faceboot and confirming your contact information. Images offered on PhotoXpress may also be used in professional projects.
Requires registration to download free stock photos, both for commercial and personal projects
- Public Domain Photos
5000 free stock photos for personal and commercial use
Gallery containing over 34,000 free images that you can use in books, leaflets, magazines, or websites. Free registration is required to upload or download images.
Huge gallery containing over 350,000 quality stock photos by more than 30.000 photographers
Stock photo sharing website where designers and photographers can meet to share their images. You don’t have to sign up to be able to download images. All images on this site are free for personal and non-commercial usage.
You are free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work under creative commons attribution share alike license
Free Photos – Commercial Sites
Registration typically required in order to download free images
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Ultimate resource for designers
A search engine for free photos. Photos come from many sources and are license-specific.
- Google Advanced Image Search
Take advantage of the usage rights filters on the Advanced Image Search pages to find images you can reuse, share, or modify
You can also use Flickr to find photos available under Creative Commons which can be used in commercial projects.
Searches Flickr, OpenClipArt.org and the images uploaded to Sprix
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(Edvard Munch, Comfort, 1907. Retrieved from http://www.edvard-munch.com/gallery/love/comfort.htm)
If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer …
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
–Shel Silverstein (‘Invitation’ from Where the Sidewalk Ends)
Hans Hofmann, Provincetown Landscape. 1941. Ink and crayon on paper. h: 14 x w: 17 in / h: 35.6 x w: 43.2 cm. Greg Thompson Fine Art.
Egon Schiele, Portrait of Gerti Schiele, 1909. Oil on canvas Oil and metallic paint on canvas. Museum of Modern Art, New York NY.
accessCeramics is a growing collection of images of contemporary ceramics by recognized artists. It is designed for use by artists, arts educators, scholars and the general public, and is intended to fill a void in contemporary ceramics digital image collections on the web.
All images are stored on Flickr and are accessible via http://accessceramics.org, with the hope the Collection will serve as a model for future image collections.
accessCeramics is a pilot project organized by the Visual Resources Center of Watzek Library and the Art Department of Lewis & Clark College. In 2008, the project received a NITLE Instructional Innovative Fund Grant and in 2009 received an NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Grant.
Title: Those Red Airplanes
Series Title: Nightmare Daydream
Artist: Mark Burleson
Temperature: Cone 04
Glazing / Surface Treatment: earthenware
Object Type: Teapot