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.
John Martin, The Bard, c. 1817
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.
Two miscellaneous pieces now, a 15th century Trompe-l’oeil and an example of mid-1930s WPA public art.
Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts, Trompe-l’oeil with Letters, 1668
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.
John William Godward, Classical Beauty, (n.d.)
John William Godward, In the Days of Sappho, 1904
John William Godward, An Offering to Venus, 1912
Next, a brief palette cleanser, two antique maps.
Giovanni Schiaparelli, Map of Mars, 1877-1886
Closing this edition of Pretty Pictures from the Public Domain are three works by Gustav Klimt.