*wipes away tears of mirth*
Whew, thanks! Who doesn’t love a good belly laugh in the morning? Anyhow, as I’ve said before, the Rijksmuseum, the Met, The Walters, the NGA, the Getty, and most museums offer great free images of their Public Domain artworks online and you should utilize these wonderful resources.
That being said, if I have inadvertently used your photograph of a public domain artwork in a way you don’t like, or really, for any reason whatsoever just message me and I will remove the images right away. There’s plenty of legal precedent for me to use them anyways, but honestly that’s just rude. Someone requested images to be replaced with links exactly once in the history of this blog, and really I have no problem doing so.
Some museum like the Met have attempted to place nominal commercial restrictions on some of their images, but U.S. law is well-established that expecting to hold copyright on a photograph of a public domain artwork is Not a Thing.
The thing about the internet is you can either try to hold on to the idea of copyrights that have no legal precedent, or you can get with the times and use new realms of access to get people excited about art history:
^ That’s the message that pops up at Rijksmuseum when you DL one of their awesome hi-Res images. Like this painting of a Javanese Aristocrat from the 1800s:
And this is what I mean by High Resolution:
^ Like, seriously, not kidding you about the image quality.