We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: IRC-MDID, painting, sculpture
Tags: education, image organization, image viewing, museums, open content
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
Tags: ARTstor, image organization
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.
Tags: architecture, image viewing, sculpture
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.
Tags: getty, technology
The 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.
Tags: architecture, California, LACMA, museums
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