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
Artstor just announced that with the latest system update users can now download individual images as JPGs – they are no longer zip files, which means you save a step.
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.
Published August 20, 2014
Art news , Blogs & websites , Image searching , Image tools , Museum news , Pedagogy
Tags: education, image organization, image viewing, museums, open content, technology, tools
The Dallas Museum of Art has begun its digital database redesign for online access to the Museum’s entire collection of more than 22,000 objects. The DMA asserts this ongoing project will create “one of the world’s most sophisticated online art collections” that will offer not only high-resolution images, but “whenever permitted by existing agreements, the DMA will release all images, data, and software it creates to the public under Open Access licenses for free personal and educational use.”
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam now offers RijksStudio, a vast and ground-breaking online presentation of 125,000 works in its collection. The site, which is a “prelude” to the physical museum’s reopening April 13, 2013, contains high resolution images with which users “can do whatever they like”: create your own printed creations or collect and share image sets. If you’re bored merely searching or browsing the collection, try the Master Matcher, which creates sets based on selected criteria groups like cities, character types and colors. All these projects can be created only when you register for your own “studio.”
ARTstor updated its Digital Library to include three new features:
- Choose number of results you see per page: 24, 48, or 72 (this works for both small and large thumbnail viewing)
- Add a description your image groups (which, when created, appears to the right of your image group list in the “Open an image group” window)
- Create folders directly from the “Save image group” window (available only to instructor-level users)
The first two features are located on the small bar above the thumbnail images. The third is further explained here.
WorldImages database, hosted by San José State University, provides access to almost 80,000 images that are global in coverage and include all areas of visual imagery. The database is accessible anywhere and can be searched by specific fields or browsed by subject “portfolios”. Images are continually added and organized and all images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes (when credit is given to the copyright holders who retain rights to the images).
TinEye is a clever new search engine that does reverse searching to help you find duplicates or better copies of an image. This means that you can upload the image you are looking for, or paste in the image URL, and it will find all other versions (duplicates and variations) of that image on the internet – no text searching involved. You can find out more and watch a very helpful three minute tutorial here.