This month, Sweden’s Nationalmuseum contributed over 3100 high quality digital images of works from their collection into Wikimedia Commons. While the museum’s long-term goal is greater visibility and accessibility to their collection, in the short term it also provides access to artworks not currently on view, since the museum is undergoing renovation and most of the gallery spaces are closed to the public.
The images – all of paintings in the public domain – can be downloaded in various sizes, including a JPEG for presentations or an archival quality TIFF for research. Object and digital image credit line information are also offered with each work of art.
We recently acquired a set of over 3,000 beautiful images of Italian Renaissance art from Archivision, the vendor of the high quality content architectural images (35,000!) we already have in MDID (the Image Resource Center’s image database). The images were shot at 19 museums and other sites in Rome, Florence and Naples. In addition to the glorious, large full views, there are multiple details for each painting and sculpture. To explore the Archivision content, you’ll need an MDID account – if you don’t have one already, send a request email using your UCSB account to email@example.com
Published February 8, 2016
Tags: animation, fun, painting
This little video is quite a dreamy thing – digital animations of several Rijksmuseum paintings.
A company named CS Digital Media created these animations as large scale “digital posters” to recognize the anniversary of the Rijksmuseum renovation. (They were on display in various Amsterdam metro stations, unfortunately only for a week.)
You can see more of their animated Rembrandts creations on YouTube
A team of 40 French technicians and artists have spent the last year working on a “Living Mona Lisa,” which uses a motion sensor (similar to those employed in interactive video games) to produce a version of the portrait that can follow viewers’ movements with her eyes and change her expression. As Florent Aziosmanoff, who conceived the initial concept, told the Telegraph, “Leonardo da Vinci tried to make her come alive, so it’s appropriate that we’ve taken his intentions a few steps further.”
Digital versions will be produced and marketed to go on sale in the autumn in different sizes and formats, such as digital paintings for “a few hundred euros” or miniature versions hung on a pendant, perhaps surrounded by jewels.
Researchers say they have created a quantitative way to assess “creativity” in works of art that they argue comes close to a scholarly assessment. Ahmed Elgammal and Babak Saleh (The Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University) used 1,710 paintings available on Artchive.com and ran them through their algorithm that looked at qualities such as texture, color, lines, movement, harmony, and balance. The algorithm then “measures the originality and influence of artworks by using sophisticated visual analysis to compare each piece to older and newer artwork…from the premise that the most creative art was that which broke most from the past, and then inspired the greatest visual shifts in the works that followed.”
Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Miriam Schapiro, who helped spearhead the feminist art movement in the 1970s, inspiring generations of artists, died on June 20 at age 91 after a long illness.
The digital image of Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante (o/c, 2006) by Chinese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An, comes with more than dozens of “influential people” from world history. It is also interactive, as the figures (and some of the objects and creatures) have all been tagged — roll the cursor over each image and most will show you a label identifying the person, which in turn is a link to a corresponding Wikipedia page. This is a large image, so remember to scroll to the right for the remaining figures.
Don’t have time for all the links? Here’s a list of many figures in the painting. h/t Christine Hilker