Monday, July 11, 2011

Where to Find Free Printable Art


Last week, Thrifty Decor Chick shared a great resource for free art-- New York City's Digital Gallery. It's awesome. They have over 700,000 pieces of art from their public library made available to the public for personal use. It must be the biggest collection of free printables. Ever.

The art is grouped into seven categories:

  • Arts and Literature
  • Cities and Buildings
  • Culture and Society
  • History and Geography
  • Industry and Technology
  • Nature and Science
  • Printing and Graphics

However, you can also search the site by letter, subject, or artist.

In the summer, I usually gravitate to beachy accents and art in my home. So I love these:

The finish.
The finish

Nautilus Pompilius or Pearly Nautilus; Longitudinal Section of the Shell to shew [sic] the internal structure.
Pearly Nautilus


Argonauta Owenii : 1a. front view of the shell, showing the aperture and simple auricles, 1b, c, and d. lateral views of specimens of different ages; Argonauta hians: 2a. front view of the shell showing the aperture and simple auricles, 2b and c. lateral views of specimens of different ages.
Argonauta Owenii

These would have been great for the fourth of July:

Old Glory, Flag
Old Glory

Here's to the birthday we now celebrate.
Here's to the birthday we now celebrate

Maps are great:

Map of the United States and Territories
Map of the United States and Territories, 1876

As a music teacher, I love these:

[Piano, Vienna, 1800's.]
Piano from the 1800's


Handel's spinet.
Handel's Spinet, 1894

They have a great collection of vintage holiday cards. There are over 1800 of them:

The same old wish in the same old way.
The same old wish in the same old way

Christmas greetings.
Christmas Greetings, 1914

You can even find the Mona Lisa:

Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci.
Mona Lisa

Happy Monday!


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