Guggenheim donates 100 images to upcoming Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Robert Delaunay, Circular Forms, 1930 (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, #2000.10)The Guggenheim has donated 100 images of artworks from its collection to Wikipedia in anticipation for its second Wikipedia “edit-a-thon” on Tuesday, May 19. During the event, participants at the museum and online can add information in Wikipedia as a way to explore the history, impact and influence of these artists and their works of art in the museum’s collection. These images will be available under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

via ArtDaily

Art Museum Day 2015

Docents leading a gallery tour at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (photo: SBMA)The 6th annual Art Museum Day, organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors in conjunction with the International Council of Museumswill take place on and around Monday, May 18 with a number of museums offering free or reduced admission, educational programs, and/or discounts. This year’s celebration will focus on Museums for a Sustainable Society. Click here for a list of participating institutions and what they’ll have to offer.

Berlin after the War — in color and HD

Today marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day, the end of World War II in Europe when Germany’s Third Reich surrendered to Allied forces. To commemorate the anniversary, Konstantin von zur Mühlen has released “Spirit of Berlin,” a short color film with historic footage showing everyday life in the German capital in July 1945—just two months after the end of the war.

via ArchDaily

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research project, Pietro Mellini’s Inventory in Verse, 1681: A Digital Facsimile with Translation and Commentary, an unpublished seventeenth-century manuscript in the GRI’s Special Collections.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

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