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

When prints are performance: A panoramic funeral fit for a duke

To commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, the National Portrait Gallery in London is offering a viewing of The Funeral Procession of Arthur, Duke of Wellington, by Henry Alken and George Augustus Sala, 1853. This magnificent panorama, measuring 20.6 meters (67 feet), will be displayed in its entirety for the first time as a part of the exhibition Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions. The hand-colored print was one of many souvenirs produced to commemorate Wellington’s state funeral. Can’t make it to London? Watch below:

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at UCSB Arts Library

artandfeminism_logoPlanned to coincide with International Women’s Day, there will be a Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon 2:30 – 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 8, in Seminar Room 2406 on the 2nd Floor of the Arts Library on the UCSB campus. UCSB is just one of over 70 venues participating this weekend and everyone is welcome — no Wikipedia editing experience is necessary; training will be provided.

Local organizers request that attendees RSVP here.

Using Thinglink for teaching and student projects

thinglinkA few years ago we posted on an online tool called Thinglink, which facilitates the annotation of online images.  It’s got great potential for study pages and student projects so we thought it was worth re-visiting with these examples.  Instructors and students can get free accounts.  In addition to adding text annotations, you can add audio and video interactivity.

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