Create With Antiquity Using The British Museum's 1.9M Strong Creative Commons Image Collection | Alternative Fruit
We've seen a truly phenomenal effort from all kinds of arts and entertainment providers in recent days. The lockdown that is affecting the majority of the world has meant many of us are looking for alternative things to get stuck into. Museums are usually a sure bet when looking for a way to spend the day but since they've been forced to close thanks to COVID-19 the corridors are almost silent. Only the essential staff are still wandering the empty lanes. Someone at the British Museum has been busy recently, as they've just put their biggest digital collection to date online.
The image collection boasts 300,000 brand new uploads as well as the entire library of previous digital examples. Their collection spans centuries and it has an easy to use search bar to dig deep in the filing system. Any term you can think of will likely pull something out of the ether, after-all, with nearly two million examples, it's hard to think what they won't have.
This image of some 18th Century tarot cards can show us all the familiar icons in an ink-plate style print that's been coloured much like the work of William Blake. This image of a bat flying with a fairy on its back is reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings. Are you a fan of antiques? They have plenty to examine. This stunning Italian calendar clock is a miracle of engineering. If you want to get a closer look, the resolution is so good that the zoom function does a brilliant job.
People who use images for their own purposes are completely free to do so as they've all been listed as creative commons 4.0. This means we can print them out, put them on art, use them in things, and adapt them for our own purposes. Taking the time to have a look at what they have will help to relieve the boredom, elevate your culture, and maybe get the family excited about world history and art. If you find anything cool then send a link in the comments! Visit now.