Art in the public domain

One of the best aspects of working on cover designs for histories and historical fiction is the removal of copyright as a limiting factor. Although the photograph of the artwork is sometimes copyrighted and requires permission, the artworks themselves have long been in the public domain.  Being able to use a brilliantly executed portrait or landscape gives the designer access to nuances of tone and form very hard to find in contemporary photo libraries. The three covers below were designed for local publishers in 2010.