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One of the functions that I am planning for my HTPC is that of a rolling photo album. These will be displayed on a 50" plasma. However, what about those times when I am just sick of my wife and just want to look at something else.


Does any one know where I can download some classic art with decent resolutions? I know that pornography would fit the above senario but I am looking for something along the lines of Dali, Picasso, Monet etc.


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You might want to check out Corbis which is a company that licenses and sells digital versions of fine art and photography. I think Bill Gates uses this art collection as the source for the images that are displayed on his walls.


They have their images available in super high resolutions, so you will definitely be able to take advantage of your plasma screen.
 

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I checked out the Corbis site and felt that they offered a hi-res product but I couldn't quite figure it out. Does anyone know how much they charge for their images?


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You will have to call them. They are a stock photo house, so if you are only buying a few images it will probably be ridiculously overpriced.
 

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If you're looking for art that you've heard of (i.e. museum-quality stuff), it'll be pricey. The two biggest vendors are Getty Images (the Bridgeman Art Library or Corbis ( their museum partners or The Atelier ). For either one of these, the art is priced not so much on how much of it you buy (though that can be a factor) as it is on usage.


The rights control and ownership of fine art is incredibly complicated, which is part of the reason it costs a lot to license. For example, the Italian government gets paid for every commercial usage of Italian Renaissance art and may even have to be involved in granting permission for the usage.


That said, "home usage" or "one time usage" for a realtively low rez image (any display is low rez by the stock image definition) would be among the cheapest ways to get them. You'll have to call their offices and negotiate pricing with an agent to find out exactly how much.


You can also google "royalty free fine art" to see what you can find. There have been royalty free CD's published in the past with some nice stuff, but much (most?) of it has been discontinued because of copyright/ownership/usage issues. I don't think you'll find any fine art in the royalty free sections of either Corbis or Getty collections, though you can check. You will find LOTS of CDs with high rez art files, but they're likely to be stuff you've never heard of by contemporary artists -- usually designed for business usage in ads, brochures, annual reports, etc.


Probably more than you wanted to know :D
 

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One of my favorite art sites on the net is deviantart , you can find a great bit of strange, cool and intresting things there (as you probably can figure by the name :)
 

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diamar, actually that is very interesting. This is idea is not so important to me that I would actually want to negotiate for it, much less pay alot for it. When I get home I will experiment with some screen savers. Also, some of the images from space.com would be cool. Also, I did a search on the old stand-by Amazon and they sell a CD called the Virtual Art Collection that might be interesting. I might order it just to check it out.


AndreasB, I am checking out Deviantart.com and they have some cool stuff. However, the kicker for me is the resolution. I just don't know how much res I will need for something to look decent on a 1280x768 50" plasma.


I guess that I am trying to do the poor man's version of Bill Gate's concept.


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Make friends with a fine-art photographer.


Here's a few links to some good artists:
http://www.pbase.com/kafrifelle
http://www.pbase.com/yves_p/nikon_d100_shots

http://www.pbase.com
http://www.photosig.com/


I'm sure you'll be able to negotiate something with the artists if you like what you see. Avoid Corbis/Getty, they are destroying the industry and making photography even worse paid than it used to be.


Personally, I do reportage style photography, so unless you want photos of palestinian protesters, I can't help you :)
 
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