Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam:
I caught sight of this article during my daily browse of the internet. This looks like a great resource, not only for artists but for anyone who’d like to add a bit of class to their blog posts (or t-shirts, or mugs, or other appropriate mediums). The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam wants you to download their masterpieces, then remix them in any way you’d like.
More information from their website:
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of the grand European museums. Home to many of the Dutch masters (Rembrandt’s Night Watch, which seems to glow from its center, and Vermeer’s Milkmaid, to name just a few), the museum is located on the city’s Museumplein, surrounded by the smaller Vincent Van Gogh museum and modern Stedelijk.
All those masterpieces are now available for close-up view online at the Rijksmuseum’s digitized collection. Users can explore the entire collection, which is handily sorted by artist, subject, style and even by events in Dutch history. The new digital archive has all the same great learning potential as any other online collection. It’s searchable, as is the museum’s library.
But the Dutch are a whimsical people, so it seems right that, in digitizing its collection, the museum went a step further than further. Not only can users create their own online galleries from selected works in the museum’s collection, they can download Rijksmuseum artwork for free to decorate new products. (Note: users will need to create a free account to get started.)