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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.

Getty’s first online exhibition preserves Palmyra

Two-part panorama featuring Colonnade Street, Louis Vignes, 1864. Albumen print. 8.8 x 11.4 in. (22.5 x 29 cm), each print. The Getty Research Institute, 2015.R.15 (digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program)

The Getty Research Institute‘s inaugural digital exhibition, The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra, was developed “as a tribute to Palmyra” with images by traveling artists and explorers who documented the site in former states of preservation. “Their works contribute to Palmyra’s legacy, one that goes far beyond the stones of its once great buildings.”

There are numerous additional resources to explore, including a Facebook Live behind-the-scenes perspective event with The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra co-curator Peter Louis Bonfitto and web designers Masato Nakada and Karen To Nakada as they discuss the challenges and insights that came with the creation of the GRI’s first online exhibition on Tuesday, March 14, from 9:00-9:15 am.

GRI releases Getty Scholars’ Workspace

scholarsworkspace_keynoteThe 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.

Read more about the GSW’s capabilities, and how to install, here.

LA museums embracing digital innovations

Culture Monster highlights innovative examples of how various museums in Los Angeles are using digital technology:

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles: Interactive CT scans offer another way to access mummies
  • Autry National Center: In the exhibition space, first-person stories of characters features in the “Civil War” exhibit play as films from user-activated “daguerreotypes” (and, not mentioned in the article but on the website, playlists offer evocative music from the era)
  • GETTY-inspiredGetty Museum: Pushed for global open collection content and a #GettyInspired digital initiative to encourage interactivity with museum visitors
  • LACMA: Their new location-aware app is less straight didactic information and more conversational, so views spend more time with the art than their devices
  • The Huntington: Seven iPads are installed in strategic spots around the galleries to offer contextual information in the historic rooms
  • The Broad mobile appThe Broad: The new museum’s app has Bluetooth technology to be location-aware both outside and inside the museum, and will send a push notification with invitations and contextually aware information
  • MOCA: Eschewing “distracting” in-museum apps, the museum’s updated website seeks to engage viewers before and after visits

Check out a special Museums section in the New York Times for highlights on how New York museums use technology to engage visitors.

Next Practices in Museum Digital and Technology

View of "You Are Here" exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California (photo: Matthew Millman, courtesy of Oakland Museum of California)The annual Next Practices in Digital and Technology from the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is available and highlights 41 examples of recent and ongoing digital initiatives designed by AAMD member museums. From social media and mobile apps, to in-gallery interpretation and behind-the-scenes collections management, Next Practices in Digital and Technology explores the ways museums are using technology to advance accessibility, scholarship, education, and audience engagement. Some of the covered topics include Multimedia, In-Gallery Interactive, Open Data, Social Media, Apps, and Access.

Art Museum Day 2015

Docents leading a gallery tour at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (photo: SBMA)The 6th annual Art Museum Day, organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors in conjunction with the International Council of Museumswill take place on and around Monday, May 18 with a number of museums offering free or reduced admission, educational programs, and/or discounts. This year’s celebration will focus on Museums for a Sustainable Society. Click here for a list of participating institutions and what they’ll have to offer.

Getty celebrating its first digital-born publication

Pietro Mellini, Inventory in Verse, 1681 (Getty Research Institute, #860066, fol. 8verso)The Getty Research Institute published its first digital-born research project, Pietro Mellini’s Inventory in Verse, 1681: A Digital Facsimile with Translation and Commentary, an unpublished seventeenth-century manuscript in the GRI’s Special Collections. Viewers can examine high-resolution manuscript images that are zoomable, side-by-side windows that compare facsimile, transcription, and English translation, as well as highlighted text in the transcription that provides scholar annotations. This research project was conceived as a model for digital “scholarly workspaces” of “how the use of technology can offer new opportunities for research, communication, and dissemination of primary source materials, and that it demonstrates the results of collaborative research.”


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