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

Developments in Reverse Image Searching

resig-frickWe have talked about reverse image searching with TinEye here in the past – here is some recent research that takes the concept further.  John Resig collaborated with the Frick Art Reference Library to analyze images lacking identification from their collection.  Using software developed off the TinEye model he was able to establish trends, and ultimately relationships, with identified images elsewhere.  This foray into ‘computer vision techniques’ proved to have a higher rate of success than anticipated, resulting in a large number of identifications of images previously lacking information on creator or location.

Read Resig’s detailed and fascinating report here, and also read about his Ukiyo-e Search project here.

BREAKING NEWS: C. R. Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art on fire

Firefighters battling fire in the upper windows of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art (image courtesy BBC News; photo: John Stoddart)The BBC is reporting that firefighters are battling a fire at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic building Glasgow School of Art. It appears the fire started when a projector exploded in the basement. Everyone in the building was able to evacuate.

UPDATES: The Glasgow School of Art has begun inspecting the damage, with good and bad news to report. For the latest announcements, see the GSofA Media Centre.

The Morgan Library’s Rembrandt prints now available online

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Self Portrait in a Cap, Open-Mouthed, Signed with monogram and dated, "RHL 1630", (Pierpont Morgan Library Dept. of Drawings and Prints, RvR-442-B-320-recto)The Morgan Library & Museum announced they have digitized their collection of Rembrandt etchings — almost five hundred images — and have made them available online. The Morgan holds impressions of most of the three hundred or so known etchings by Rembrandt, as well as multiple, often exceedingly rare impressions of various states. Each etching can be viewed with a zoom tool and downloaded as high quality large image; visit the Morgan’s Imaging & Rights page for specific terms of image use.

MAK Center’s Schindler House Tour, May 17-18, 2014

Rendering of the Wilson House, courtesy of R.M. Schindler Papers, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa BarbaraThe MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, will celebrate its 20th year by offering a tour of a number of exemplary private houses by R.M. Schindler. The programming opens with a wine reception and talk with Judith Sheine (Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon) at Schindler’s How House in Silver Lake on Saturday, May 17, 5:00-7:00pm.

On Sunday, May 18, there will be an Architecture Tour that includes the following houses:

    • How House (1925)
    • Elliot House (1930)
    • Bubeshko Apartments (1938/1941)
    • Wilson House (1938)
    • Falk Apartments, penthouse (1939)
    • Droste House (1940)

Each tour itinerary will take approximately 3 1/2 hours, between 11 am and 5 pm. Visit the MAK Center site for more information on ticket and transportation prices.

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