Pretty Pictures from the Public Domain: The Unnecessary Reboot

Pretty Pictures from the Public Domain is back with another round of copyright-free art and images. I originally got in the habit of collecting such images for my CMD Gallery in Second Life, where I offered my entire collection at the time for the low price 40 L$ each. Sadly the CMD Gallery was never very successful, rarely managing to pay for itself in tier cost, and I eventually closed it to concentrate on Caledon Oxbridge. In retrospect, I think what people wanted was framed art, rather than the poster-style art I offered. I should have listened to Linda…

On to the art—starting with three paintings by John Martin, an English Romantic painter of the 19th century.

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John Martin, The Bard, c. 1817

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John Martin, The Great Day of His Wrath, 1852

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John Martin, The Country of the Iguanodon, 1837

Next up, three paintings by 20th century artist Robert McCall, who specialized in space art, including many commissions for NASA. McCall is likely best known for the theatrical posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Robert McCall/NASA, Accept the Challenge of Flight, 1997

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Robert McCall/NASA, Handshake in Space, 1974

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Robert McCall/NASA, Shuttles at Work, (n.d.)

Two miscellaneous pieces now, a 15th century Trompe-l’oeil and an example of mid-1930s WPA public art.

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Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts, Trompe-l’oeil with Letters, 1668

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Harry Sternberg/WPA Federal Art Project, Builders, 1935-1936

Now on to a few
Pre-Raphaelites—a regular part of Pretty Pictures from the Public Domain since it’s start—three paintings by John William Godward.

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John William Godward, Classical Beauty, (n.d.)

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John William Godward, In the Days of Sappho, 1904

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John William Godward, An Offering to Venus, 1912

Next, a brief palette cleanser, two antique maps.

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Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg, Schleswig, c. 1572-1678

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Giovanni Schiaparelli, Map of Mars, 1877-1886

Closing this edition of Pretty Pictures from the Public Domain are three works by Gustav Klimt.

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Gustav Klimt, Danae, 1907

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Gustav Klimt, Die Jungfrau, 1918

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Gustav Klimt, Pallas Athene, 1898

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