Use Art Masterpieces, Not Image Banks

use art not image banks

When working on slide decks, newsletters and blogs, why not use artworks by great artists, instead of the ususal image bank pictures?

Untapped sources of artworks await for you marketers. You can find great photographs and illustration, to support your text in articles and presentations.

Writing about translation? Coding? Cross-Cultural Training?

Why note illustrate with the Rosetta Stone?

rosetta stone
Text in three writing systems; hieroglyphic, demotic, and Greek, on The Rosetta Stone, discovered in 1799 in Egypt. The British Museum


New Free Art Every New Year

Mostly, copyright ends either 50 years after a creator’s death or 70. This means that artworks by artists who died in 1946 or 1966 are now entering the public domain.

January 1st is Public Domain Day: A day when more visual artists whose work enter the public domain (except in the United States). Below are some of the new additions to the visual mega source.

Writing about climate change?

use art not image banks
Alfred Stieglitz, Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe © J. Paul Getty

Or about fashion accessories?

Alfred Stieglitz, Face and leg of Dorothy True © J. Paul Getty

About books and reading?

use art not image bank
Florence Fuller, Inseparables, 1900, oil on canvas (via Art Gallery of South Australia/Wikimedia)

Or about walls & wars?

use art not image banks
Horace Pippin, Soliders with Gas Masks in Trench, 1917–18, via Smithsonian Institution/Wikimedia

The Best Source For Public Domain Visual Art You Can Use: Open Culture

“1.8 Million Free Works of Art from World-Class Museums: A Meta List of Great Art Available Online” – visit Open Culture to see the list of Sources For Art Images from Museums & Libraries

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