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Cortauld Institute of Art & Architecture Image Database

posted Oct 9, 2013, 1:06 PM by Jesse Henderson   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 8:08 AM ]

Sir Robert Witt in his library at 32 Portman Square
Sir Robert Witt in his library at 32 Portman Square.
Thomas Cantrell Dugdale. 1931.
The Art & Architecture Image Database is described as "[a] web site designed to be explored. There are more than 40,000 images here, and a network of over half a million links. There are amazing and wonderful things to find, and any number of ways of finding them."

It includes all of the Cortauld Gallery's paintings and drawings, and a small selection of their prints and decorative art objects. Images can be downloaded that are about 700 pixels on the longest side. No need to register to access the database, but registering for an account adds some extra features to your user experience.

Open Culture - Free, Free, Free!

posted Sep 24, 2013, 8:24 AM by Jesse Henderson

Art of Illumination
Open Culture [] is an online resources with free online courses, free movies, free audio books, free eBooks, textbooks, language lessons, you name it! "[It] brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. [Their] whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it."

Something that might be of interest to professors and students at Colgate is the availability of some Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Art Books, offered free online. Check them out and other free resources aggregated at Open Culture.

ARTstor now hosts every painting National Gallery, London's Permanent Collection

posted Aug 30, 2013, 12:34 PM by Jesse Henderson   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 12:57 PM ]

Study for 'Bathers at Asniéres'
Study for 'Bathers at Asniére'. Georges Seurat. 1883-4.
ARTstor and The National Gallery, London have collaborated to share images of every painting in the museum's permanent collection in the Digital Library.

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world. Composed of more than 2,300 works dating from the 13th century to the early 20th centuries, the collection encompasses most major developments in Western painting. Highlights include Cézanne's Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), Piero della Francesca's The Baptism of Christ, Rembrandt's Self Portrait at the Age of 34, Holbein's The Ambassadors, Uccello's The Battle of San Romano, Van Gogh's Sunflowers, Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne, van Eyck's The Arnolfini Portrait, and Velázquez's Rokeby Venus.

The Getty Opens Up, Sharing Public Domain Images.

posted Aug 13, 2013, 9:42 AM by Jesse Henderson   [ updated Aug 13, 2013, 9:43 AM ]

Getty Open Content Image

"[This year], the Getty becomes an even more engaged digital citizen, one that shares its collections, research, and knowledge more openly than ever before. We’ve launched the Open Content Program to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible.

The initial focus of the Open Content Program is to make available all images of public domain artworks in the Getty’s collections. Today we’ve taken a first step toward this goal by making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose."

- Read more at Getty's Online Magazine, The IRIS. Also, browse all available images here.

Josef Alber's 'Interaction of Color' now an iPad app

posted Aug 7, 2013, 10:23 AM by Jesse Henderson   [ updated Aug 9, 2013, 6:55 AM ]

Yale University App
"Josef Albers, one of the best-known painters and educators to emerge from the German Bauhaus, wrote Interaction of Color in 1963, and it’s remained an art and design bible ever since. Last week, to commemorate the book’s 50th anniversary, Yale University Press released the Interaction of Color app for the iPad, a modernized, interactive presentation of Albers’s teachings. With fingers instead of paintbrushes and a touch screen instead of paper, users can move and manipulate over 125 color plates in 60 interactive studies. Concepts like color relativity and vibrating boundaries come to life in this $9.99 app, alongside the book’s full text and two hours of video footage." Read More about it at

"Michelle Komie, senior editor for art and architecture at Yale University Press, tells Co.Design that the app’s developers at design firm Potion first “used paper, scissors, and glue to complete the exercises as Albers’s students would have done, in order to experience Albers’s process and methodology.” The text was then meticulously translated into app form--they even preserved his original typeface and text columns."

Thanks LACMA! Nearly 20,000 high-quality images now available on the web!

posted Apr 24, 2013, 1:50 PM by Jesse Henderson   [ updated Apr 24, 2013, 1:52 PM ]

This spring the Los Angeles County Museum of Art launched a brand new collections website, now with 10 times (10x!) as many high-resolution images available as they had just two years ago. These images can be downloaded and used as "you see fit." Read more about the launch of the new collections website here, and visit the new collections website now!

Vessel in the Form of a Fish Egypt, 18th Dynasty, 1550 - 1307 B.C.

Artsy - Discovering Art via the Art Genome Project

posted Mar 7, 2013, 8:44 AM by Jesse Henderson   [ updated Mar 8, 2013, 8:07 AM ]

As Artsy states on its site "[The] goal is to expose as many people as possible to art. Our growing collection comprises 21,000+ artworks by 3,700+ artists from leading galleries, museums, private collections, foundations, and artists' estates." Via its expansive reference system, the Art Genome Project ("genes" being the labels by which the art can be browsed) one can explore works by "fairly objective qualities, like the historical period and region the work comes from and whether it is figurative or abstract, or belongs in an established category like Cubism, Flemish portraiture or photography." - New York Times article by Melena Ryzik from October 8, 2012.

Cecily Brown on the wall

Artsy is an amazing resource for exploring and discovering contemporary artists, as well as past styles and movements. One can choose institutions, artist and curators to follow in a Twitter-style feed. Another great feature allows you to view many images as they would appear on the gallery wall, giving a unique perspective at the actual size of the work. According to their Terms of Use, images can be downloaded for personal, non-commercial use.

Tell your students: sign up now!!!

Rijksmuseum goes online with 125,000 images free to download

posted Nov 2, 2012, 7:48 AM by Jesse Henderson   [ updated Nov 2, 2012, 10:37 AM ]

Jan Asselijn Swan
Jan Asselijn, The Threatened Swan, 1640-1652. Oil on canvas, 144 x 171 cm.

The Rijksmuseum has gone live with 125,000 images via its new digital image collection portal "Rijksstudio" which urges you to get creative with works from their collection. One needs to create an account in order to download. After that, you have access to high-resolution images to use for teaching or putting onto a t-shirt. Your choice! Read more about this opening via ultra high-resolution images of works, both famous and less well-known, can be freely downloaded, zoomed in on, shared, added to personal ‘studios’, or manipulated copyright-free.

Google Art Project in Wikimedia Commons

posted Sep 18, 2012, 11:49 AM by Jesse Henderson   [ updated Aug 13, 2013, 12:29 PM ]

Hans Baldung Grien, Portrait of a Lady, ca. 1530. Oil on panel, 27.2 x 20.7 inches. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain.

In addition to the 32,000+ images one can view on Google Art Project, there are almost 1000 of these high-resolution images available via Wikimedia Commons. These are all two-dimensional works that are no longer under copyright. Just another of many great sources that have contributed images to the Wikimedia project. Check out Google Art Project on Wikimedia Commons here!

Google Art Project - Get Up-close & Personal

posted Sep 17, 2012, 8:42 AM by Jesse Henderson   [ updated Sep 17, 2012, 8:52 AM ]

Google Art Project is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. On April 3, 2012, Google announced a major expansion to the Art Project as it signed partnership agreements with 151 museums from 40 countries. The platform now features more than 32,000 artworks from 46 museums, and the image acquisition process is underway at the remaining partner museums.

The platform enables users to virtually tour partner museums’ galleries, explore physical and contextual information about artworks, and compile their own virtual collection. The "walk-through" feature of the project uses Google's Street View technology. The images of many of the artworks were reproduced with very high quality, and each partner museum selected one artwork to be captured as a gigapixel image (with over 1 billion pixels).

Read more about it on Wikipedia or via the FAQs at Google Art Project

Processional Way, Babylon (604 BCE - 562 BCE)
Fired clay bricks with polychrome glaze, moulded relief in parts

Photo: © b p k - Photo Agency / Vorderasiatisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Olaf M. Teßmer

Screenshots of Google Art Project

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