Shutterstock Acquires Iconic Imagery from The Art Archive, a collection of archival art images dating back 5,000 years
Art has been around almost as long as humans, meaning the purview of art history spans several thousand millennias. In that time humans have explored endless materials, mediums, and subjects for art, but one form in particular has persisted — portraiture. Whether it’s a jagged sketch on a cave wall, a marble bust, or a grand oil painting, artists have endeavored to portray the faces around them. This history of faces, catalogued in The Art Archive, lets us see humanity through myriad eyes, from ancient civilizations to modern masters. We’ve chosen 13 famous portraits from the collection — how many do you recognize?
Today we’re excited to announce the acquisition of over 700,000 images from two prominent photo collections: The Art Archive and The Kobal Collection. Both collections, are now available to Shutterstock Premier customers.
The Art Archive is a rare and extensive selection of expertly photographed images gathered over many years from the world’s leading fine art galleries, museums, and private collections. The artistic breadth of the collection includes thousands of years’ worth of ancient civilizations, paintings, historical figures, architecture, religion and science. Covering every aspect of the creative arts and world culture from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics dating back to 2500 BC to Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the moon in the 20th century, the famous and the infamous are all represented in this collection.