You know you like the free stuff.
Me, too, which is why I keep accumulating — and sharing — links to all these freely available fantastic online resources. Here’s another batch of great links for free art, books, posters — and wildflower seeds!
Book of Kells
“One of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, it is set apart from other manuscripts of the same period by the quality of its artwork and the sheer number of illustrations that run throughout the 680 pages of the book.”
Today, the Vatican Library treasures around 75,000 codices, 85000 incunabula (i.e., editions made between the invention of the printing press and the 16th century), for a grand total of more than a million books.
Now all these treasures are being displayed online, thanks to a painstaking scanning process.
Posters from vintage graphic design era
Featuring over 200 printed works, Art of the Poster 1880-1918 presents a look at lithography’s rise in popularity during La Belle Époque. It was during this time that artists like Alphonse Mucha, Jules Chéret, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec popularized the art form, which gained public prominence thanks to new methods of production.
Audubon bird drawings
Wildlife artist John James Audubon, namesake of the National Audubon Society, dedicated his talents to painting and describing all of the bird species of America, eventually culminating in his seminal Birds of America: a collection of 435 life-size prints based off of his own illustrations.
Paris museums offer 100,000 images
Paris Musées, a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website. Artists with works in the archive include Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others.
Leonardo da Vinci Notebooks
The notebook, writes Jonathan Jones at The Guardian, represents “the living record of a universal mind.”
The bee population has been in decline since the Second World War, so cheerios decided to help them. Firstly, they removed Buzz the bee from many cereal boxes to spread the word, and now they’re giving away 100 million wildflower seeds. This means that you can get a free pack to create a honey bee-friendly habitat in your own yard!
Be sure to share these freebies freely — that’s how I got them in the first place!