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Houses of Parliament virtual tour

Houses of Parliament Virtual Tour: Central Lobby viewExplore some of the most famous rooms in Parliament and learn more about its fascinating history and present day use. The tour will be part of Google Maps, alongside similar experiences for Buckingham Palace and the White House. Anyone with a virtual reality headset will be able to get an even more immersive experience.

via The Guardian

Virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s David and Gladys Wright House

The David & Gladys Wright House virtual tour navigation and imageThe David and Gladys Wright House is temporarily closed for public tours, but don’t let that stop you from exploring the site through a new virtual tour.

The virtual tour of the house, originally built for FLW’s son and his wife, begins with interactive floor plans of the main house and guest house, each of which are dotted with photographs, documents, video, and 360 interactive views. Once inside the 360 views, transparent circles dot the tour, either as a way to re-orient the viewer within the space or to inform by hovering the cursor over it.

If you have Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, click here to view the house in Virtual Reality.

via Wright Society newsletter, Issue 36

George Eastman House collections online

Unidentified maker, We just held the camera in front of us, dated July [19]32, gelatin silver print (Gift of Peter J. Cohen, acc. no. 2015.0123.0042; image courtesy of The George Eastman Museum)The George Eastman Museum’s vast collections are now searchable online, including over 250,000 objects from the photography, technology, and George Eastman Legacy collections. Visit often as additional records and images will be added on an ongoing basis, including the Moving Image collection of more than 28,000 titles spanning the entire history of world cinema.

via Open Culture, h/t Denise Massa

Another fantastic film archive

britishpatheBritish Pathé was the source for filmed world news, entertainment, and general oddities and information, from the beginning of the 20th century for the next 50 years.  Their ‘cinema newsreels’ were shown  before the feature in movie theaters in Britain as well as many other parts of the world, and the little rooster logo was iconic.  There are now 85,000 historical newsreel clips on every imaginable topic at their site.  [Right: screenshot of fascinating (really!) film about wallpaper manufacturing.]

They are free to view online, and can be downloaded with a registration.  (Read more about use licensing and restrictions here. )

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

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.

Yale Center for British Art adds 1000s of new hi-res images

George Hicks, The Sinews of Old England, 1857, watercolor, graphite, gouache, gum arabic, and scraping out on cream wove paper, Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art FundThe Yale Center for British Art has just released more than 22,000 additional high-resolution images through its online collection. To date, the Center has made more than 69,000 images freely available online. This most recent release was made in conjunction with Public Domain Day, and while most of the artworks themselves are not new entries to the public domain, in most cases this will be the first time that digital images of these works are easily and openly accessible to the world. The Center’s images are available as both display-sized jpegs and full-page tiffs and are compatible with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), a project to make the world’s image repositories interoperable and accessible.

via Artdaily


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