Public Domain Backgrounds for Zoom

Published

April 8, 2020

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In these days of social distancing and lockdown measures we may find ourselves on video chat screens a little more than we'd like. So we thought we'd provide you with some images to brighten up your backdrops — from a dreamy Bosch landscape to a 70's space colony, from an operatic "Hall of Stars" to an Antarctic expedition. We've prepped them for Zoom as regards dimensions, but they are sure to be useful for other video conferencing/chat tools that you may be into.

You can browse this first batch of fifteen images below (we're planning to do another next month). To download the full-res version (1920 x 1080 pixels) use the link beneath each image. Or if you wanted to download a ZIP file (49 mb) containing all the images, just click this link here.

As with our recently released colouring book, we are providing all these free of charge, but if you did want to donate something to help cover costs (every download does cost us!) then, of course, this is very welcome — you can do so at this link here.

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Detail from a design for Mozart's The Magic Flute — ""The Hall of Stars in the Palace of the Queen of the Night"", Act 1, Scene 6 — by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, 1847–49.
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Detail from Plate 92, Filicinae, from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur, the Art Forms of Nature, published in 1904.
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Detail from the left panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, ca. 1500.
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Detail from an image by Eduard Pechuël-Loesche, in Untersuchungen über Dämmerungserscheinungen by Johannes Kießling, 1888.
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Detail from a photograph by William Hall Raine of an election night crowd in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1931.
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Detail from an imagined Space Colony, from a series of research events held by NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University in the 1970s, which explored the possibilities of humans living in giant orbiting spaceship.
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Detail from Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch (the Book of Miracles), Folio 2 (Genesis 9, 12-15), circa 1552.
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Detail from an 1880s ""crazy quilt"".
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Detail from ""Group of Lunar Mountains: Ideal Lunar Landscape"" by James Nasmyth, ca. 1870.
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Detail from Saints Paul and Stephen by François de Nomé, ca. 1615.
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Detail from Rainy Season in the Tropics by Frederic Edwin Church, 1866.
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Detail from an image of the famed wunderkammer of Danish physician, natural historian and antiquary Ole Worm, as featured in his Museum Wormianum (1655).
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Detail from a photograph in The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the ""Fram"", 1910-12 by Roald Amundsen.
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Detail from Interior by Édouard Vuillard, 1904.
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Detail from Katie Dean's 2018 visualisation of over 300 photographs from Anna Atkins’ Cyanotypes of British Algae, 1843.
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