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150,000 Botanical and Animal Illustrations Available for Free Download from Biodiversity Heritage Library. Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli Releases Free Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings: Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away & More. To a degree that surpasses any other studio in animation history, Studio Ghibli has created a reality of its own.

Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli Releases Free Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings: Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away & More

All of its fans around the world appreciate the artistry of its films, directed by such luminaries of Japanese animation as Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and many appreciate it so fervently that they'd prefer to occupy any of Ghibli's worlds to this one. The studio has responded to their desires by not just continuing to produce motion pictures — the "retired" Miyazaki is now at work on his latest, How Do You Live? — but by authorizing a wide and ever-changing range of merchandise, and even building a museum outside Tokyo and a theme park outside Nagoya. Alas, like most museums, Ghibli's is temporarily closed.

Neither the Ghibli theme park nor How Do You Live? To make this a bit more possible, the studio has officially released a set of eight backgrounds, suitable for use as backdrops on Zoom or other video-conferencing applications. Related Content: About the Google Cultural Institute. Tarkovsky Films Now Free Online. Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) firmly positioned himself as the finest Soviet director of the post-War period.

Tarkovsky Films Now Free Online

But his influence extended well beyond the Soviet Union. The Cahiers du cinéma consistently ranked his films on their top ten annual lists. Ingmar Bergman went so far as to say, "Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.

" And Akira Kurosawa acknowledged his influence too, adding, "I love all of Tarkovsky's films. I love his personality and all his works. Shot between 1962 and 1986, Tarkovsky's seven feature films often grapple with metaphysical and spiritual themes, using a distinctive cinematic style. You can now watch Tarkovsky's films online – for free. Download Classic Japanese Wave and Ripple Designs: A Go-to Guide for Japanese Artists from 1903. Traditional Japanese art may please so many of us, even those of us with little interest in Japan itself, because of the way it inhabits the realm between representation and abstraction.

Download Classic Japanese Wave and Ripple Designs: A Go-to Guide for Japanese Artists from 1903

But then, it doesn't just inhabit that realm: it has settled those borderlands, made them its own, for much longer than most cultures have been doing anything at all. The space between art, strictly defined, and what we now call design has also seen few achievements quite so impressive as those made in Japan, going all the way back to the rope markings on the clay vessels used by the islands' Jōmon people in the 11th century BC.

Those ancient rope-on-clay markings can easily look like predecessors of the "wave patterns" still seen in Japanese art and design today. Since time almost immemorial they have appeared on "swords (both blades and handles) and associated paraphernalia (known as 'sword furniture'), as well as lacquerware, Netsuke, religious objects, and a host of other items. " He "died in 1917. Over 16,000 sound effects from the BBC archive are now available for free. Open Content Program (The Getty) The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose.

No permission is required. Digital Bodleian. Smithsonian Digitizes & Lets You Download 40,000 Works of Asian and American Art. Art lovers who visit my hometown of Washington, DC have an almost embarrassing wealth of opportunities to view art collections classical, Baroque, Renaissance, modern, postmodern, and otherwise through the Smithsonian’s network of museums.

Smithsonian Digitizes & Lets You Download 40,000 Works of Asian and American Art

From the East and West Wings of the National Gallery, to the Hirshhorn, with its wondrous sculpture garden, to the American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery---I’ll admit, it can be a little overwhelming, and far too much to take in during a weekend jaunt, especially if you’ve got restless family in tow. (One can’t, after all, miss the Natural History or Air and Space Museums… or, you know… those monuments.) In all the bustle of a DC vacation, however, one collection tends to get overlooked, and it is one of my personal favorites—the Freer and Sackler Galleries, which house the Smithsonian’s unique collection of Asian art, including the James McNeill Whistler-decorated Peacock Room. (See his “Harmony in Blue and Gold” above.) via Kottke Related Content: The best free cultural & educational media on the web.

World Digital Library Home. No other symphonic composition has met with such a broad and complex reception as Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony Number 9 in D minor, opus 125, popularly known as the Choral Symphony.

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The work marked an important development in 19th century music. In the finale, Beethoven set to music the German poet Friedrich von Schiller’s An die Freude (Ode to joy), the first time the human voice was included in a symphonic work. The symphony was first performed in Vienna on May 7, 1824. Welcome to Open Library. GSG: highlights=Open Content Images. Resources for Artists: Public Domain Images From the Book Infant's Cabinet of Birds & Beasts - elusivemu.se. Elusive Muse is pleased to present a few pages from the public domain book, Infant’s Cabinet of Birds & Beasts.

Resources for Artists: Public Domain Images From the Book Infant's Cabinet of Birds & Beasts - elusivemu.se

Resources for Artists: Public Domain Images From the Book The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm - elusivemu.se. Elusive Muse is pleased to present a few pages from the public domain book, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Resources for Artists: Public Domain Images From the Book The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm - elusivemu.se

Vintage and Modern Free Public Domain Images Archive Download - Public Domain Images. Unique Vintage Illustrations That Are Free To Use In Your Personal, Commercial, and Educational Projects. Resources for Artists: Public Domain Poster Advertising Images - elusivemu.se. Resources for Artists: Public Domain Fashion Images - elusivemu.se. Resources for Artists: Public Domain Japanese Prints - elusivemu.se. Resources for Artists: Public Domain Book - Le Costume en Orient - elusivemu.se. Search Resources for Artists: Public Domain Book - Le Costume en Orient.

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The British Library’s albums. Public Domain Pictures - Free Stock Photos. Elusive Muse - connect, inspire, share, create and collaborate. Old Book Illustrations. Old Book Illustrations: Free Archive Lets You Download Beautiful Images From the Golden Age of Book Illustration. Needless to say, before the development and widespread use of photography in mass publications, illustrations provided the only visual accompaniment to religious texts, novels, books of poetry, scientific studies, and magazines literary, lifestyle, and otherwise.

Old Book Illustrations: Free Archive Lets You Download Beautiful Images From the Golden Age of Book Illustration

The development of techniques like etching, engraving, and lithography enabled artists and printers to better collaborate on more detailed and colorful plates. But whatever the media, behind each of the millions of illustrations to appear in manuscript and print---before and after Gutenberg---there was an artist. And many of those artists’ names are now well known to us as exemplars of graphic art styles. It was in the 19th century that book and magazine illustration began its golden age. Illustrations by artists like George Cruikshank (see his “’Monstre’ Balloon” above”) were so distinctive as to make their creators famous.

Commons. Ernment Art Collection - Art Work Details. 3,900 Pages of Paul Klee's Personal Notebooks Are Now Online, Presenting His Bauhaus Teachings (1921-1931) Paul Klee led an artistic life that spanned the 19th and 20th centuries, but he kept his aesthetic sensibility tuned to the future.

3,900 Pages of Paul Klee's Personal Notebooks Are Now Online, Presenting His Bauhaus Teachings (1921-1931)

Because of that, much of the Swiss-German Bauhaus-associated painter's work, which at its most distinctive defines its own category of abstraction, still exudes a vitality today. And he left behind not just those 9,000 pieces of art (not counting the hand puppets he made for his son), but plenty of writings as well, the best known of which came out in English as Paul Klee Notebooks, two volumes (The Thinking Eye and The Nature of Nature) collecting the artist's essays on modern art and the lectures he gave at the Bauhaus schools in the 1920s. "These works are considered so important for understanding modern art that they are compared to the importance that Leonardo’s A Treatise on Painting had for Renaissance," says Monoskop. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. Via Monoskop Related Content: Public Domain ~ Free Media for Creative Projects.

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New York Public Library Invites a Deep Digital Dive. Photo. LIFE photo archive hosted by Google. Images. Download Original Bauhaus Books & Journals for Free: Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky, Moholy-Nagy & More. In 1919, German architect Walter Gropius founded Bauhaus, the most influential art school of the 20th century. Bauhaus defined modernist design and radically changed our relationship with everyday objects.

Gropius wrote in his manifesto Programm des Staatlichen Bauhauses Weimar that “There is no essential difference between the artist and the artisan.” His new school, which featured faculty that included the likes of Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky, did indeed erase the centuries-old line between applied arts and fine arts.

Bauhaus architecture sandblasted away the ornate flourishes common with early 20th century buildings, favoring instead the clean, sleek lines of industrial factories. Designer Marcel Breuer reimagined the common chair by stripping it down to its most elemental form. Virtual Library (Publications Getty) The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online. Back in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge. We’re happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109. Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky.

Plus there are other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists) that tackle meta movements and themes. Anyone interested in the history of the Guggenheim will want to spend time with a collection called “The Syllabus.” Download 448 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry.

Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.” If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications’ collection of free art books and catalogs. New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online & Makes Them Free to Download and Use. When I was a kid, my father brought home from I know not where an enormous collection of National Geographic magazines spanning the years 1917 to 1985. Digital Collections and Services: Access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services. Historic Newspapers Enhanced access to America's historic newspapers through the Chronicling America project.

Historic Sound Recordings The National Jukebox features over 10,000 78rpm disc sides issued by the Victor Talking Machine Co. between 1900 and 1925. The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free. Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse. That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from the Digital Collections website.

Search Digital Collections No permission required. No restrictions on use. NYPL Digital Collections. Soviet Movies in English online. 2,200 Radical Political Posters Digitized: A New Archive. I recently heard someone say his college-bound nephew asked him, "What's a union? " Whether you love unions, loathe them, or remain indifferent, the fact that an ostensibly educated young person might have such a significant gap in their knowledge should cause concern.

A historic labor conflict, after all, provided the occasion for Ronald Reagan to prove his bona fides to the new conservative movement that swept him into power. Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse. Today we are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse! 32,000+ Bauhaus Art Objects Made Available Online by Harvard Museum Website. Download 144 Beautiful Books of Russian Futurism: Mayakovsky, Malevich, Khlebnikov & More (1910-30)

Public Domain Art & Code. Attention K-Mart Shoppers : Free Audio : Download & Streaming. This is a digitized version of an in-store cassette tape that was played within a Kmart store.