Getty celebrating its first digital-born publication

Pietro Mellini, Inventory in Verse, 1681 (Getty Research Institute, #860066, fol. 8verso)The Getty Research Institute published its first digital-born research project, Pietro Mellini’s Inventory in Verse, 1681: A Digital Facsimile with Translation and Commentary, an unpublished seventeenth-century manuscript in the GRI’s Special Collections. Viewers can examine high-resolution manuscript images that are zoomable, side-by-side windows that compare facsimile, transcription, and English translation, as well as highlighted text in the transcription that provides scholar annotations. This research project was conceived as a model for digital “scholarly workspaces” of “how the use of technology can offer new opportunities for research, communication, and dissemination of primary source materials, and that it demonstrates the results of collaborative research.”

The Making of a Roman Silver Cup

If you’re having trouble visualizing how ancient Roman silversmiths fashioned their works, here is a video that deconstructs, and then reconstructs, one of a pair of silver and gold cups currently featured in a rare exhibition of Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville on view at the Getty Villa until August 15, 2015.


New insight into medieval manuscript illumination

How many times have you imagined what artists talked about as they worked?  What questions did they ask, what observations did they make, how did they work with others?  Well now one writer has got into the heads of two medieval monks as they work on their manuscripts, one more senior and experienced, the other a novice with many questions.  Enjoy!

Two monks invent bestiaries

Enjoy the whole Two Monks Inventing Things series (and try not to get too frustrated with all the ads and plug-ins….)

Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante

Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An, "Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante," o/c, 2006 The digital image of Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante (o/c, 2006) by Chinese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An, comes with more than dozens of “influential people” from world history. It is also interactive, as the figures (and some of the objects and creatures) have all been tagged — roll the cursor over each image and most will show you a label identifying the person, which in turn is a link to a corresponding Wikipedia page. This is a large image, so remember to scroll to the right for the remaining figures.

Don’t have time for all the links? Here’s a list of many figures in the painting. h/t Christine Hilker

Update on Picasso trove, part 3: The verdict

Pierre Le Guennec and wife Danielle in court (photo: AFP)The Red Dot has been following this story (the initial story, the thickening plot, and the law suit charges) about the electrician who claims Pablo Picasso gave him 271 works of art (lithographs, portraits, a watercolor and sketches created 1900-1932) as payment for work he did for the artist before he died in 1973. Picasso’s family accused Pierre Le Guennec of stealing the works and took him and his wife to court. The trial ended today and Le Guennec and his wife were found guilty and ordered to return the “stolen” works to the estate. They also received a suspended sentence.

via BBC

Google Art Project expands its Street Art database

Carlos Almaraz, assisted by Guillermo Bejerano. Symbols from Chicano histroy and modern Los Angeles as they relate to architectural history, 4754 Floral Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 1980 (Photo © Robin Dunitz)Google announced this week that they’ve doubled the number of images in the Street Art section of the Google Art Project. This means over 10,000 high-res images contributed from 85 art organizations from 34 countries. The database is browsable by collection, artist, works of art, or user galleries, but you can also listen to audio tours or go through online exhibitions on their Blog.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 years later

Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumIn the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and roamed the Museum’s galleries, stealing thirteen works of art. To revisit this unfortunate anniversary, the Gardner Museum has teamed up with the Google Art Project to create Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Thirteen Works that explains and explores the effects the theft had, and continues to have, on the Museum. Make sure to view the slideshow full screen and browse among images of the stolen objects and accompanying documentation.

h/t Patti McRae Baley

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