NYARC Discovery: Web archives and photoarchive images at your fingertips

Displaying virtual browse feature of NYARC Discovery

NYARC Discovery is a new research tool from the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art. With a single search, you can find web archives along with books, journal articles, auction catalogs, traditional archives and a host of other materials, including nearly 200,000 catalog records and over 75,000 digital images from the Frick Art Reference Library’s Photoarchive.

If you would like to nominate a website for consideration for inclusion in one of these collections, please submit the online nominations form.

h/t Kerry Sullivan

Art in context: installation photography on Artstor

From The Artstor Blog archive:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Special Exhibition Galleries, 2nd floor: "Gilbert Stuart" (October 21, 2004-January 16, 2005; image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art)If you read a review or article about an interesting museum exhibition you missed you can usually find images of the featured artworks. But have you ever wondered how the works were presented, where they were placed? Which pieces were shown together, and in what order?

Exhibition design is central in museology, also known as museum studies, which asks how to present exhibitions that engage and enlighten the viewer. It’s also of interest to curators, art historians, and even artists, who often want to see what effect context has on artworks. That’s why the Artstor Digital Library offers tens of thousands of exhibition documentation images ranging from the late 19th century to the present.

Structures of Landscape

ENSAMBLE STUDIO, Domo (detail), from "Structures of Landscape" (Image Courtesy of ENSAMBLE STUDIO)

The new Tippet Rise Art Center, on an 11,500-acre working ranch north of Yellowstone in the shadow of the Beartooth mountains in Fishtail, MT, was founded as a site for monumental and site specific installations. One of these installations, the ongoing project “Structures of Landscape” by ENSAMBLE STUDIO, currently features large-scale outdoor sculptures Beartooth Portal, Inverted Portal and Domo (shown above) that are “[e]qual parts shelter, sculpture and landscape.” The video below shows their process in creating Beartooth Portal:

via ArchDaily, including a slide show of the installation’s images and models

New content in MDID: Italian Renaissance Art

archivision2We recently acquired a set of over 3,000 beautiful images of Italian Renaissance art  from Archivision, the vendor of the high quality content architectural images (35,000!) we already have in MDID (the Image Resource Center’s image database).  The images were shot at 19 museums and other sites in Rome, Florence and Naples.  In addition to the glorious, large full views, there are multiple details for each painting and sculpture.  To explore the Archivision content, you’ll need an MDID account – if you don’t have one already, send a request email using your UCSB account to vrc.arthistory-owner@mail.lsit.ucsb.edu

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.


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