This Scratch-Off Poster Lets You Keep Track of All the Van Gogh Paintings You’ve Seen

Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.
Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.
National Gallery of Art, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

People love scratch-off cards, posters, and famous artworks—so why not put them all together? Today Is Art Day combines all three in their Vincent van Gogh Scratch Poster, which you can use to record the van Gogh paintings you’ve seen in museums around the world.

The poster includes 40 minuscule renderings of van Gogh’s most notable works, each covered in a thin layer of foil that you can satisfyingly scratch off with a coin. Its primary purpose is to help you keep track of which masterpieces you’ve actually seen in person, and, at 17 by 24 inches, it can also solve your problem of how to fill that blank bit of wall space you’ve been staring at for far too long.

Vincent van Gogh scratch-off poster
Today Is Art Day

The paintings are organized in the following categories: self-portraits, early works, places, portraits, still lifes, and nature. So you’ll never mistake Still Life: Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers for Still Life: Vase With Twelve Sunflowers again. We recommend that you keep this solution sheet somewhere accessible and consult it before you scratch off a spot, because van Gogh titled several paintings similarly or even identically—three of the six self-portraits are simply named Self-Portrait.

Vincent van Gogh scratch-off poster
Today Is Art Day

It’s true that you’ll have to do a fair bit of traveling in order to complete the bucket list, but a cursory glance at this list of museums where the paintings are located will tell you that some house multiple works. After a trip to Paris’s Musée d'Orsay, for example, you can scratch off a Self-Portrait, The Church at Auvers, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Portrait of Eugene Boch, and Starry Night over the Rhone. And you can scratch off 15 of the 40 works without even leaving the U.S. Three, including The Starry Night, are in New York City, and Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Pasadena, New Haven, and Washington, D.C. all boast guardianship of at least one artwork each.

An astute disclaimer on Today Is Art Day’s product page advises you to verify with museums that specific paintings are on display before you visit, since exhibits can change.

You can purchase the poster for $20 from Today Is Art Day’s website here, and it will ship by mid-August.

Paris Musées Digitized More than 100,000 Major Artworks and Made Them Downloadable

“Setting Sun on the Seine at Lavacourt” by Claude Monet
“Setting Sun on the Seine at Lavacourt” by Claude Monet
Paris Musées, CC0

The museums of Paris are home to some of the most influential artworks on Earth, and if you live outside France, you no longer need a passport to see them. As Smithsonian reports, Paris Musées—the organization behind 14 of the city's iconic museums—has digitized more than 100,000 paintings and other pieces of art and made them freely available to the public.

The institutions under Paris Musées's umbrella include the Petit Palais, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and Maison de Balzac. It started sharing the work in its inventory online in 2016, and has since uploaded more than 320,000 pictures.

Roughly a third of the images in that digital collection were published in January 2020. This recent update was part of Paris Musées's initiative toward embracing open-access art. Every one of the 100,000-plus images uploaded in this month fall under the Creative Commons Zero license, which means they are fully in the public domain. Works like "Young Ladies on the Banks of the Seine" by Gustave Courbet, “Setting Sun on the Seine at Lavacourt” by Claude Monet, and "Portrait of Ambroise Vollard” by Paul Cézanne, are now not only free to view, but free to download as well.

"Portrait of Ambroise Vollard” by Paul Cézanne
"Portrait of Ambroise Vollard” by Paul Cézanne
Paris Musées, CC0

Paris Musées eventually hopes to transition all the out-of-copyright items in its collection—which comprises roughly 1 million works—to a Creative Commons Zero license. The most recent image dump is just the first round, and other art will become available gradually as the institution carefully evaluates the copyright status of each piece. It plans to someday expand its public domain artworks to external platforms like Wikimedia Commons, but for now, you can find them on Paris Musées's website.

[h/t Smithsonian]

Apple Wants to Show Off Your Best Night Mode Photos as Part of a New Campaign

Austin Mann, Apple
Austin Mann, Apple

Calling all aspiring photographers who nabbed an iPhone 11 for the express purpose of trying out its fancy camera capabilities: It’s time for your night mode photos to see the light of day.

As Travel + Leisure reports, Apple is currently hosting a competition to find the best night mode photos taken on an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max. You can submit your photos through January 29, after which a carefully selected team of experts will evaluate all submissions and announce the five winning images on March 4.

Judges include Arem Duplessis, the former design director of The New York Times Magazine; Darren Soh, an award-winning photographer from Singapore; Tyler Mitchell, the first black photographer to shoot the cover of American Vogue (his subject, rather memorably, was Beyoncé); and several other esteemed members of the industry.

golden gate bridge shot on iphone 11
The Golden Gate Bridge, shot on an iPhone 11 Pro.
Jude Allen, Apple

In addition to appearing on Apple’s homepage and Instagram (which has more than 21 million followers), the photos could also be featured in digital campaigns, Apple stores, third-party photo exhibitions, or even on physical billboards. In addition to all the exposure, the winners will be paid a licensing fee in exchange for granting the company complete freedom to use their work for one year.

To submit your shots, you can either share them on a public Instagram, Twitter, or Weibo account with the hashtags #ShotoniPhone and #NightmodeChallenge, or email your images to shotoniphone@apple.com—just be sure to title your files in this format: ‘firstname_lastname_nightmode_iPhonemodel.’

If you’re new to the iPhone 11 and aren’t quite sure how to snap photos in night mode, it’s easier than you might realize. The feature comes on automatically in dim or dark places and decides on a capture time for you (which you can always adjust). And if you think editing your photos afterward will increase your chances of winning the competition, that’s fine, too: Apple will accept photos edited in the app or even with non-Apple software.

You might want to avoid capturing the Eiffel Tower after dark, however—here’s why.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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