Posts Tagged 'archives'

Open-source platform maps artwork provenance

Screenshot of Mapping Paintings, showing the migration of Titian’s “Europa” (screenshot via mapping paintings.org)Launched by Boston University professor Jodi Cranston, Mapping Paintings is an open-source, searchable platform for compiling provenance data for individual artworks (not just paintings, despite its name), from owners to past locations to details of sales or transactions. It allows you to select artworks of interest and visualize their records across time and space, as plotted on a map.

It’s still in the early stages of development, but one particularly neat feature of Mapping Paintings is that it lets you filter through its database and overlay the paths of selected artworks on one map. So you can compare how different pieces by the same artist have traveled or where artworks currently owned by the same museum came from.

Besides contributing new individual entries to the database, users can also publish what the site deems a “project” — a custom-made map tracking the movement of any number of artworks whose images you upload and whose provenances you enter yourself. All projects are sent to an administrator for review; only those that are accepted as accurate will be added to the online library.

via Hyperallergic

Google launches art and fashion platform We Wear Culture

We Wear Culture: The stories behind what we wearGoogle has partnered with 180 institutions, schools and archives around the world for a new online project focusing on the history of fashion. We Wear Culture, which launched on the Google Arts & Culture website and mobile apps looks at “The stories behind what we wear.”

The project doesn’t just feature pretty pictures of beautiful fashion. We Wear Culture offers immersive 360° VR tours and exhibitions (Google Cardboard recommended) and explores themes like the long-standing collaboration between Art and Fashion, origin stories about iconic designs, trends and trendsetters, and a behind the scenes view of the Conservation Lab of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Like many images in Google Arts & Culture, you can zoom in to see amazing details.

via The Art Newspaper

Guggenheim offers publications as e-books

Cover of Second enlarged catalogue of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection of Non-objective Paintings : on exhibition from February 8, 1937 through February 28, 1937, compiled by Hilla Rebay von Ehrenwiesen (New York: The Bradford Press, Inc., 1937)Over five years ago we celebrated the Guggenheim’s first exhibition catalogue e-book.

Currently, the museum has over 200 selected publications freely available on Internet Archive. The Archive offers many different view and download options for the books, which were published between 1937 – 2006. The project is part of the museum’s commitment as an educational institution to document its exhibitions and collections.

h/t Christian Brown

 

 

Getty Provenance Index® Databases adds art sales records

Left: The Entombment, Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1612, oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum; Right: Inventory number on The Entombment (detail). Digital images courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

The Getty Provenance Index® has added 138,000 database records of art sales from the 1600s and 1700s, including the earliest known catalog published in Britain. This brings the cumulative Databases holdings to more than 1.7 million records taken from source material such as archival inventories, auction catalogs, and dealer stock books. Quantity and scope of available research material varies by region, period, and type of document, and records are continually expanded and enriched on a regular basis. Visit Search the Getty Provenance Index® Databases for more information.

Pharos: The International Consortium of Photo Archives

Images from the Collections Jacque Doucet, Bibliothèque de l’INHA (Institut national d’histoire de l’art)

PHAROS is an international consortium of fourteen European and North American art historical photo archives committed to creating a digital platform, currently in beta, that allows research among the photographic holdings of all consortium members – an estimated 31 million images, including artworks and supplemental material.

One of the best searching features they’re working on is reverse-image searching – the ability to upload a digital image or URL where an image is located, and search the database as you would a text query to return results related to the image. This image-recognition technology strives to eradicate language barriers inherent in text searching.

via NYTimes; h/t Ann Jensen Adams

Now available: Performance at Tate

Charles Atlas with Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, Performance as part of Charles Atlas and Collaborators, in the Tanks at the Tate Modern, 2013 (Photo © Tate)Performance at Tate: Into the Space of Art “explores the history of performance art at Tate from the 1960s to 2016. Arising from a two-year research project, this major online publication offers a new appraisal of the place of performance art and performativity in the museum through essays and case studies on individual artworks and events. It also publishes for the first time audio, films and videos, photographs, museum documents and reviews drawn from Tate’s Archive, showing the richness and depth of the gallery’s engagement with performance.”

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. )


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