Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: The New Edition

Fragment of a Queen's Face, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, yellow jasper (image: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926, Acc. No. 26.7.1396)The Metropolitan Museum of Art has launched an updated Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: The New Edition with a new navigation and interface, updated images, and restructured editorial content. The Timeline is still relational but now with a seamless browsing experience and easily accessible on any device, anywhere.

The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History presents a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history through The Met collection. It is a reference, research, and teaching tool conceived for students and scholars of art history. Authored by The Met’s experts, the Timeline comprises 300 chronologies, close to 1000 essays, and over 7000 works of art. It is regularly updated and enriched to provide new scholarship and insights on the collection.

h/t Jasmine Burns

Artstor image download improvements

ArtstorArtstor just announced that with the latest system update users can now download individual images as JPGs – they are no longer zip files, which means you save a step.

The second bit of good news is that the embedded metadata function is now working, so that information travels with the downloaded image.   You can view the metadata in a number of ways, e.g. Photoshop (File Info), the Photo Viewers built into Windows or Apple operating systems, or Windows Explorer.

Read more on the Artstor blog.

The Museum of Lost Objects

The so-called Islamic State defacing the Lamassu in Nineveh in 2015 (image: BBC)In the ancient city of Nineveh, a statue of a winged bull survived undamaged for 2,700 years – until IS took a pneumatic drill to it last year (see above).

With hundreds of thousands of lives lost, millions of people displaced and some of the world’s most significant heritage sites destroyed, the wars in Iraq and Syria have had an enormous cost. While the historical artifacts that have been bombed, defaced and plundered can never be restored – they are very well remembered.

The Museum of Lost Objects, a 10-part story and podcast from the BBC, traces antiquities or ancient sites that have been destroyed or looted in Iraq and Syria through local histories, legends and personal stories and recreates these lost treasures and explores their significance across generations and cultures, from creation to destruction.

For additional information on digitally preserving sites and objects threatened by IS, see the Million Image Database Project.

Happy 100th Birthday, Dada!

Hugo Ball in 'cubist costume' reciting his poem 'Elefantenkarawane' at the Cabaret Voltaire, 23 June 1916. Hugo Ball/Emmy Hennings Estate, Robert-Walser Archiv, Zürich (image courtesy DADA Companion)February 2016 marks a full century since the term “Dada” was first coined at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.

via A.V. Club; for resources on Dada, visit here and here

 

PS: It’s not a very festive birthday for the Cabaret Voltaire, however, as its future is uncertain

GRI releases Getty Scholars’ Workspace

scholarsworkspace_keynoteThe Getty Research Institute has released a wonderful open-source (and free) collaborative research tool called Getty Scholars’ Workspace.  It allows users to save and annotate images (from the Getty as well as other sources), construct text and bibliographies, and best of all to share saved content with others.   This has great potential for student assignments as teams can collaborative online.

Read more about the GSW’s capabilities, and how to install, here.

LACMA promised John Lautner-designed house

John Lautner, James Goldstein House, View of living room (image courtesy LACMA)What do The Big Lebowski, Rihanna, and James Turrell have in common? LACMA, of course!

The museum announced that fashion and basketball aficionado James Goldstein promised the gift of his John Lautner-designed home, its contents, and the surrounding estate, nestled in the hills above the city. Featuring an iconic angular roof and expansive views of L.A., the house stood in for Jackie Treehorn’s abode in the cult indie film, hosted Rihanna’s birthday party, and shares its lush tropical grounds with a remarkable Skyspace, Above Horizon.

via LACMA Unframed

Livestream of Digital Art History symposium on Feb. 22

DukeThe Wired! Group at Duke University is hosting and livestreaming a symposium on Monday, Feb. 22, called “Apps, Maps & Models: Digital Pedagogy and Research in Art History, Archaeology & Visual Studies”.  The focus is on the use of digital tools in art historical and archaeological research.

The sessions run 9am-1pm and 2-5pm (Note that all times are Eastern, so the morning session actually begins at 6am Pacific Time!).   The full schedule and list of speakers with links to the livestream is here.

 


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