Many of us are working from home, and keeping our distance from others. Perhaps there’s a pet or a child keeping us company or getting in the way as we try to focus (insert #coworker joke here).
At Getty, our in-person meetings are now virtual, and some of us have turned to the custom Zoom background to help set the mood. Getty’s Open Content program includes over 100,000 images that are free and downloadable. This means they’re also fair game to use as your own custom background.
Assistant curator of manuscripts Larisa Grollemond has made this lovely illuminated manuscript her background of choice.
If you’re doing this yourself, first search for an image that resonates with you, download it at “presentation size” and crop the image to 1280 x 720 pixels. Now you can upload it to your custom background on Zoom.
Below, we collected some of our favorites to help you get going, already sized for Zoom. Just drag and drop!
Work among the ruins in this 18th-century vision of ancient Roman monuments, temples, and statues.
Camille Pissarro painted in the open air, along with his Impressionist colleagues. This autumn landscape will put you outside in a dreamy French town.
This 17th-century painting is called Landscape with a Calm, and evokes a mood that we all probably need right now.
This is not a calm image; instead, ships navigate a turbulent sea. British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner shows the power of nature.
Sunrise at Sea is a contemplative photograph, showing calm waters and a flash of early morning light.
Tourists would have purchased this type of painting as a souvenir to show their cultural sophistication. Now you can put yourself in the middle of Venice, Italy, in the 1700s.
Or perhaps travel to Paris?
Van Gogh’s Irises make a vivid and bold background.
While this vase of flowers is more subdued.
Join this brightly painted hare in the forest, made by German painter Hans Hoffmann in the 1500s.
If you’ve found backgrounds that are working for you, let us know in the comments!