The Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome have been closed for a five-year restoration, but it was worth the wait. Most articles announcing the unveiling include a photo gallery/slide show showing details of the restoration. Better still: visit Catacombe di Priscilla in Google Maps, where you experience the site courtesy of Street View.
The most discussed topic from the restoration concerns the restored frescoes in a room known as the Cubiculum of the Veiled Woman, which depict “the earliest known image of the Madonna with Child — and frescoes said by some to show women priests in the early Christian church.” Another interesting observation: “She wears what the catacombs’ Italian website calls ‘a rich liturgical garment’. The word ‘liturgical’ does not appear in the English version.”
Ever wonder how to pronounce Delacroix properly? Or Ingres, or Klee, or Beuys? Mispronunciation can be embarrassing, and can lead to stress, sleeplessness, skin disorders and insanity (no, not really). So ArtSpace has published some helpful starter lists of pronunciations – study hard before your next art history class, museum trip or cocktail party:
We’ve mentioned Europeana before on the Red Dot but it’s certainly worth mentioning again – it’s a site that brings together digital content (all media!) from all aspects of European culture: museums, archives, libraries, and historic sites. They’ve launched an app called the Europeana Open Culture app (download it here), which showcases some of their partner collections. They’ve got a great blog post that illustrates some of the collections’ riches, using the Rijksmuseum’s public domain works as examples. Whether you explore it using the app, or the website, you are entering a vast world of content.
Antoni Gaudí, who began Barcelona’s cathedral of Sagrada Família in the 1880s and spent the rest of his life increasingly invested in its completion, was unable to see it happen in his lifetime. Indeed, the project continues to this day and is projected to be finished by 2026 (the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s untimely death). However, with the help of this video, we can now visualize the remaining building phases that will complete the project.
The website asks visitors to answer the question: “What is art?” Their answers appear on the website for other visitors to comment on, and conversations are started around the submitted ‘rules’. Visitors can ‘Agree’ or ‘Disagree’ with these rules – as well as share a rule using Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. The more people ‘Agree’ with a rule, the larger it will appear on the website, and vice versa. The website has been seeded with a number of rules written by leading artists, curators and critics. This is to serve as inspiration for visitors and enable the site to become a repository of outstanding thinking as well as a community of cultural commentators.”
Whether you’re doing research on the history of the film industry, or you just want to spend a few hours in a bygone era of film, the Media History Project’s Digital Library is your site. Included are fan magazines, cinema history periodicals, technical journals, and more. They recently made available extensive runs of Film Daily (1918-1948), Photoplay (1914-1943), Variety (1905-1926) and much more. The material is accessible via The Lantern, and can be read online or downloaded as full volumes (FAQ here). The Media History Project’s mission is to digitize classic media periodicals from the public domain and share them online. We salute that mission!
Recently, Detroit’s Emergency Manager has called for Christie’s auction appraisers to determine the current value of the Detroit Institute of Arts‘ holdings, potentially to be sold to help pay off the city’s debt. Now a number of websites and blogs have responded by raising awareness of the museum’s vast and important collection and what’s at stake if the city loses it. Read the museum’s official response to the art appraisal request here.
Princeton’s Index of Christian Art, along with the university’s Visual Resources Collection, Department of Art & Archaeology, hosts an annual conference that addresses “high level current methodologies” and offers case studies of public digital archives. These lectures are now available in electronic (pdf) copies and explore topics such as new ways of teaching with images and how digital archives can foster and enhance research.