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Artstor announces three major releases in material culture and Anthropology

Feather cape – made of peacock feathers, etc. (pelerine). South African? 1820-1830. Image and original data provided by Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. © President and Fellows of Harvard College (courtesy Artstor, harvard_peabody_awss35953_35953_387510640Artstor has just released more than 170,000 new images in Anthropology from three major institutions:

  1. Réunion des Musées Nationaux and Art Resource are contributing nearly 1,400 images of works from the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac.
  2. The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia has released approximately 75,000 images of art and cultural objects from the museum’s permanent collection.
  3. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University is contributing more than 95,000 additional images of objects from their permanent collection, bringing their total in Artstor to approximately 143,000.

These releases span global cultures past and present – including African, Native North American, Pre-Columbian, European, Oceanic, Aboriginal Australian, and Asian cultures – and includes rare and valuable material including sacred objects and architecture, as well as clothing, jewelry, and tools.

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British Library releases Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Arundel online

Screenshot of Leonardo da Vinci, Notebook ('The Codex Arundel'), Folio 24v (left) - Studies for an underwater breathing apparatus. Folio 25r (right) - Notes on water and on astronomy of the sun and moon (courtesy British Library)Tthe British Library and Microsoft have partnered to make Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebook, known as The Codex Arundel, available online. There are two ways you can explore it:

  1. Turning the Pages: as it sounds, view the notebook by “turning” pages with your mouse, and read notes from the British Library as you go. Note: depending on your internet speed, it will take a minute or two to load. If you’d rather turn the pages of only notebook highlights, view them here. Visit Turning the Pages 2.0 for information about the technology.
  2. Browse the text: while it doesn’t have the exciting features of Turning the Pages, you can zoom in close here, exploring the handwriting or drawings (or even the binding and paper).

Click here to see all of the British Library’s virtual books.

via Archdaily

John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive

Wigwam Village Motel, Rialto, California, image date 1977 (John Margolies Roadside America photograph archive (1972-2008), Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

The Library of Congress has digitized over 11,000 slides by architectural critic and curator John Margolies (1940-2016). Photographed over a span of forty years (1969-2008), Margolies’ Roadside America work chronicled a period of American history defined by the automobile and the ease of travel it allowed. The Archive is one of the most comprehensive documentary studies of vernacular commercial structures along main streets, byways, and highways throughout the United States in the twentieth century.

Five Cutting-Edge Innovations in Art History Tech

A demo of how the AR Mail postcards bring the Saint Sophia Cathedral of to life using augmented reality (image courtesy The Getty Iris)The Iris, the behind the scenes blog from The Getty, posted highlights from the recent SIGGRAPH Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Los Angeles that they found relevant to the future of museums.

They found, among the rigging demos and VR experiences, “real opportunities for advancements in programming and outreach for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs).” Take a look at:

  • Open vs. Proprietary Data: Michelangelo’s David in VR
  • Arts Edutainment: Ghost Paint
  • Intuitive Architecture: AR Mail from Harbin
  • Tech-Mediated Human Interaction: Digital Playground
  • Diversity and Disruption: Latin America and Technology

ARCHIPORN: A Guide to World Architecture

ARCHIPORN: The definitive guide for architecture loversDeveloped in 2008 and with an eye-catching name, ARCHIPORN is a world architecture guide created by architects to identify, gather and share information about architectural works around the world by both renowned and emerging architects.

The online guide is a world map covered in clickable colored squares, each identifying the work’s location and date (colored coded from before 1749 to the 2010s). Its also web-based and, if available, utilizes architect’s sites, Wikimedia, ArchDaily and others to provide links to information and images of each site.

via ArchDaily

Picturing Places from the British Museum

William Darton, A new pocket plan of London, Westminster and Southwark: with all the adjacent buildings. Also a correct lift of upwards of 300 hackney coach fares. (London, 1797) [Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 5.181]Picturing Places explores the role and history of topographical views, maps and texts through over 500 examples from the British Library’s collections and beyond, with fresh research in over 100 articles and films from an academic conference hosted by the British Library and Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

The site highlights a selection of important items from the Library’s vast and varied collections, including prints, drawings, paintings, books, maps, letters, notes and ephemera. Users can examine high-resolution digitized images and read articles by emerging and established scholars discussing the history, context and significance of these images.

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


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