Artstor announced The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has now made available more than 35,000* images in the Artstor Digital Library. These two extensive collections – Warhol’s Oeuvre and Photographic Legacy Project – provide a thorough presentation of Warhol’s works for the first time, including more than 34,000 original Andy Warhol photographs as well as paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints spanning four decades.
*Image totals may vary from country to country, reflecting Artstor’s obligation to address variations in international copyright.
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
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.
SPACES (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.
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.
We 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
Published May 20, 2013
Tags: fun, sculpture
Giuseppe 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, who 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.