John Charles Van Dyke’s A Text-Book of the History of Painting was originally published in 1909, meaning that it has now passed into the public domain in many jurisdictions. It is available from Project Gutenberg under the Project Gutenberg License, which is not fully open as it restricts commercial use. However, if all mentions of Project Gutenberg are removed, along with the header, footer and license, then what remains is in the public domain – and is therefore open.
The book is rich with images and though parts of its commentary seem dated, it would be interesting to hear the opinion of someone who is knowledgeable about the subject!
4 Comments July 17, 2007