The Metropolitan Museum of Art: William Keighley

Artstor is collaborating with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to share approximately 5,500 images of European art and architecture photographed by William Keighley in the Digital Library. The collection will include documentation of art and architecture from key cities in France, Germany, Spain, and Austria. Of particular note are a set of approximately 1,000 images documenting the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. The shrine of St. James the Greater, patron saint of Spain, in Santiago de Compostela was one of the most important religious destinations for pilgrims during the Middle Ages.

The Metropolitan Museum's Image Library houses the complete collection created by William Keighley (1889-1984), which consists of approximately 35,000 35 mm color slides, divided into 28 thematic sets. Prior to his death, Keighley donated his slide collection to the Museum to educate the public on the unique art and architectural heritage of select areas of the world. Keighley also had a prominent career in theater, radio, and film. As a movie director for Warner Brothers, he directed many well-known films, including Bullets or Ballots (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), and The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942).