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Public Domain Collections

By August 22, 2023September 6th, 2023Resource
Vincent Van Gogh's Wheat Field with Cypresses (1889). Blue sky with puffy clouds. Tall cypress tress on right side. Golden grass.

Public domain refers to creative works not protected by copyright, allowing unrestricted use and distribution. These works are freely available to the public for various purposes without seeking permission or paying royalties.

The featured image shown above is Vincent Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses (1889) from the MET Museum. The image has been digitally enhanced by Rawpixel. This painting along with may more famous works of art are available for use from the following public domain collections

All resources listed here are completely free.

New York Public Library Digital Collection

Use the search function with the “Show Only Public Domain” filter to find images, video, audio, and text. 

Library of Congress

This collection includes a large variety of assets from audio recordings to images of 3D objects. Rights and access are individually provided.


The NASA ESA site offers very high resolution photos from space.

Public Domain Sherpa

Everything you need to know about public domain content, copyright laws, and links to public domain assets. However, it isn’t the prettiest or easiest to use site.

Rawpixel Public Domain

The world’s best collection of public domain art and design resources. Collated and digitally enhanced from international Rawpixel’s original collection of artworks. Available to you to use as you like with a CC0 license.

Public Domain Review

Public Domain Review is an online journal from the realms of art, literature, and ideas throughout history.

Open Art Images

Open Art Images provides links to collections from museums, archives, galleries and libraries around the world.