Posts Tagged 'sculpture'

New content in MDID: Italian Renaissance Art

archivision2We 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 vrc.arthistory-owner@mail.lsit.ucsb.edu

The Museum of Lost Objects

The so-called Islamic State defacing the Lamassu in Nineveh in 2015 (image: BBC)In the ancient city of Nineveh, a statue of a winged bull survived undamaged for 2,700 years – until IS took a pneumatic drill to it last year (see above).

With hundreds of thousands of lives lost, millions of people displaced and some of the world’s most significant heritage sites destroyed, the wars in Iraq and Syria have had an enormous cost. While the historical artifacts that have been bombed, defaced and plundered can never be restored – they are very well remembered.

The Museum of Lost Objects, a 10-part story and podcast from the BBC, traces antiquities or ancient sites that have been destroyed or looted in Iraq and Syria through local histories, legends and personal stories and recreates these lost treasures and explores their significance across generations and cultures, from creation to destruction.

For additional information on digitally preserving sites and objects threatened by IS, see the Million Image Database Project.

Digital archive of vernacular art sites

What is SPACES? SPACES is a nonprofit public benefit organization created with an international focus on the study, documentation, and preservation of art environments and self-taught artistic activity. image-coupleJo Farb Hernández, Director of SPACES with Seymour Rosen, Founder of SPACES, in front of Watts Towers, 1999. Photo by Sam Hernández SPACES — Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural EnvironmentsSPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments) recently launched a digital archive of more than 1,400 vernacular and self-taught art environments around the world and continue to expand their holdings by soliciting new documentation and writing about the sites, and sharing resources and updates on the preservation and conservation of threatened vernacular art sites.

Explore the Online Collection,  the Preservation Toolbox, and the SPACES Blog with the latest on preservation efforts and exhibitions of art environments. They also continue to seek new images of any site that is not already listed or additional images of those in the archive.

 

Miriam Schapiro dies at 91

Miriam Schapiro, Big OX, 1967, acrylic on canvas. (COURTESY FLOMENHAFT GALLERY, via ARTnews)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.

via Artnews

And this is why you don’t touch things in museums, Part 2

Academy of Fine Arts, BreraWe all know not to touch works of art in museums. Or, at least most of us know this. A student on a quest for a fabulous selfie, however, seems to have missed that lesson: the student, who was visiting the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, climbed onto a sculpture of the “Drunken Satyr,” a 19th-century copy of an ancient Greek original. We don’t yet know if he was able to get the shot but we do know that the his weight “amputated” the leg of the satyr (see pic).

via Time; h/t Marlene Gordon

Arcimboldo’s paintings as giant sculptures

arcimboldo-paintingGiuseppe Arcimboldo’s 16th century paintings of actual people, or of representations of seasons or elements, are entirely unique.  He constructed compositions of fruits, vegetables, trees, and other “ingredients” that somehow look like people – see Summer (1563) at left.  His creations have been sampled by many, many artists.

The latest case of Arcimboldo inspiration is seen in the work of artist/filmmaker Philip Haas, whosummer_ivo5588-3- has created giant sculptures based on the paintings of the Seasons.  At right is his version of Summer, which is made of fibreglass and is 15 feet tall.  They are currently on display at the New York Botanical Garden, and previously were on view in Milan.

Read more and see other sculptures at the NPR site.

Courtauld hosts Gothic Ivories Project

The Courtauld Institute of Art has launched the Gothic Ivories Project, an online database of over 2800 images of ivory sculptures made in Western Europe between ca. 1200-ca. 1530 (with some neo-Gothic pieces as well). Search specifics, browse works by keyword, location and type, or visit the informational pages for site tips and tools. Additionally, when you become a registered user you can create private or public image folders of your favorite works. Many objects have multiple views and extensive entries.


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