Dallas Museum of Art’s committment to Open Access of art and data

Study for "The Spanish Dancer"The Dallas Museum of Art has begun its digital database redesign for online access to the Museum’s entire collection of more than 22,000 objects.  The DMA asserts this ongoing project will create “one of the world’s most sophisticated online art collections” that will offer not only high-resolution images, but “whenever permitted by existing agreements, the DMA will release all images, data, and software it creates to the public under Open Access licenses for free personal and educational use.”

via ArtDaily

New finding aids and inventories from Dumbarton Oaks

The Moche Sacrifice Ceremony depicted on a bottle in the Museo Larco, Lima. Rollout drawing by Donna McClelland (448)The Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) has published several new finding aids for collections in their online inventory of archival and photographic holdings, AtoM@DO. These holdings include a wide range of topics, including Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and architecture, prehistoric sites in eastern Turkey and gardens in the United Kingdom.

via ICFA

Architecture books now free online

VitruviusDesignAnalysisStatistics show that an ever increasing number of people are choosing to read books on a device rather than in print form. In that vein, you can now read these classic works of architectural literature for free online from sources like Internet Archive and Google Books.

via ArchDaily

Damien Hirst to build his own city

Proposed Rendering of Damien Hirst's Hirst-on-Sea, Devon, England. (Image Courtesy of NextCity, via ArchDaily)

Artist Damien Hirst has been given permission to construct his own city, to be called Damien-on-Sea, on the North Devon coast of England. The city will be built from the ground up, including 75 “affordable” homes to be built over the next 10-15 years. Given that this is the man who encrusted a human skull with diamonds and more recently gilded a Mammoth skeleton, it remains to be seen who his target buyers will be.

via ArchDaily

Interactive WWI and WWII photographs

German soldiers take a rest on the steps of Vareddes town hall in France, 1914 The Red Dot folk like “Then and Now” photographs, and the Guardian has a regular series we enjoy.   A man stands near Vareddes town hall, France, March 2014 They are primarily photos from World Wars I and II, such as these 0f WWI Western Front sites (this is the Vareddes Town Hall in France), but they have also done some pre- and post-hurricane photos, before and after Detroit, etc

Travel days are over for these paintings

Vermeer-Pearl-EarringThere’s an interesting article in The Guardian about the growing number of paintings which no longer travel from their home repositories.  The reasons are plenty, including fragility (Degas’ Danseuse), weight (The Winged Victory of Samothrace), size (Veronese’s Wedding Feast at Cana), or size AND fragility (Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa).  Another recurring hindrance to loans comes in the form of restrictions imposed by the donor or collector – the Barnes Collection restriction being one of the most well-known in the US.  Oddly, value is not mentioned as a reason.

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, above, no longer travels from the Mauritshuis  as, like the Mona Lisa, it has become such a visitor draw that the museum must keep it on permanent exhibition.

Creating anamorphosis, and other optical illusions

This artist, “Vamos”, and his YouTube channel, are a recent discovery.  Vamos specializes in drawing and painting illusions, and he films the process in time-lapse.  The one linked above showing the creation of anamorphosis using a Rubik’s Cube is especially clever.   If you are intrigued and want to see more, visit his YouTube site


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