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AFRICAN - AMERICAN STUDIES
The experiences, traditions, and dynamics of African Americans are richly documented in photographs of important events and personalities, representations of black people in Western art from pre-history to the present, portraits of key figures, and works by African-American artists.
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A wide selection of painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, graphic design, and photography, ranging from colonial times to the present, depicts the people and places that have shaped the history and culture of the United States.
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The study of human behavior, societies, and cultures is represented through images of traditional and contemporary material culture, such as ceremonial masks and objects, as well as through photographs, drawings, and paintings of gesture and ritual.
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ARCHITECTURE & ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY
The study of the built environment is enriched by images of monuments, buildings, and details from antiquity to the present; drawings and models; excavation photos, maps, and plans of important sites; and QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas of major works of architecture.
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The history and culture of Asia is illustrated through a vast range of images that includes ceramics, sculptures, scrolls, calligraphy, screens, costumes, watercolors, paintings, shrines, buildings, and photographs, from traditional forms to contemporary works. Of note, the Library contains unparalleled images of Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China, located in the Gobi Desert along the ancient Silk Route.
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The study of the ancient Mediterranean world is richly illustrated by images of iconic sculptures and monuments including figurines, vases, marble sculptures, and temples, as well as an array of iconographic subjects depicted within the corpus of ancient art and in later works of art in the Classical tradition.
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DESIGN & DECORATIVE STUDIES
Images of drawings, models, and graphic design, including posters and advertisements; as well as representations of three-dimensional objects such as appliances, furniture, tableware, tools, textiles, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and cars, are represented.
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FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE
The study of various literary and modern languages is enriched by images of scenes of daily life and everyday objects from a wide variety of cultures around the globe. Images of major landmarks and artistic works illustrate the material culture of various countries.
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Images representing global history include painted and photographic portraits of important figures; scenes of monumental events and everyday life; and a vast array of primary source materials such as letters, postcards, posters, maps, plans, political cartoons, and caricatures. Historians working with evidence derived from material and visual culture will find the ARTstor collections especially valuable.
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Painted portraits and photographs depict authors from all times and places, and illustrations of countless literary themes and characters, as well as images of manuscripts, frontispieces, first edition covers, enhance the study of texts and written works.
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MAPS, GRAPHS & CHARTS
Depictions of the physical terrain of particular geographic regions — past and present, real and imagined — augment research and instruction in a variety of fields by providing spatial context to specific subjects or historical periods.
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Images of mosaics, stained glass, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts, decorative and religious ivories, churches, cathedrals, and pilgrimage routes richly document the Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic periods.
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MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
The study of the politics, economics, history, and culture of the region from Morocco and North Africa to Turkey and Iran is represented by photographs and paintings of important sites and ruins including mosques, tombs, pyramids, and palaces, as well as images of decorative and functional tiled murals, ceramics, textiles, glass, and metalwork.
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Images of musical scores, manuscripts, composers, performers, instruments, set designs, and venues such as concert halls and opera houses, as well as plentiful examples of musical iconography, represent music through the ages.
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NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
Historic photographs, including ceremonial scenes and studio portraits of individuals and tribal delegations, as well as ledger drawings and artifacts of material culture such as baskets, textiles, tools, masks, and costumes, support the study of the experiences and cultural traditions of Native Americans.
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The Library includes works by significant photographers from the late 19th century to the present, chronicling people, events, and places of our time. In addition, images document the development of landmark processes and technologies, from early daguerreotypes to contemporary prints.
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The cross-cultural, secular study of Western and Eastern religious beliefs and traditions is richly represented by images of sites, including temples, cathedrals, synagogues, churches, and mosques; iconographic subjects and figures; and ceremonial objects such as sacred texts, chalices, prayer books, robes, and candelabra. Of note, the Library contains unparalleled images of Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China, located in the Gobi Desert along the ancient Silk Route.
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Images of the art and architecture of Renaissance Europe abound, including prints and Old Master drawings; paintings, sculptures, and buildings by key European artists; fresco cycles and other forms of architectural decoration; illuminated manuscripts; tapestries; and even Vesalius' famed anatomical illustrations of the human body. Of note, the Library contains unparalleled images of the recently restored bronze panels and frieze elements created by Lorenzo Ghiberti for the East doors of the Florentine Baptistery ("The Gates of Paradise").
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THEATER & DANCE
Students and scholars of theater and dance, as well as practitioners in these fields, will derive value from images of paintings, photographs, and drawings of costumes, venues, and staged performances — ancient to contemporary — as well as posed portraits and performance shots of notable figures, including playwrights, theater directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, actors, and dancers.
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Photographs and paintings document the history of women across all world cultures, with images showing women in popular culture, in the domestic realm, and in a variety of professional roles; women's suffrage; women's rights; and numerous representations of famous female figures. Also richly represented are examples of women's costume and jewelry from a range of periods, as well as female characters depicted in world literature.
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Bob Adelman | Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses the largest peace demonstration in history at the United Nations Plaza, New York City, April 15, 1967 | @ Bob Adelman | Magnum Photos
Grant Wood | American Gothic, 1930 | Art Institute of Chicago | The Carnegie Arts of the United States Collection, University of Georgia Libraries | @ Estate of Grant Wood / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY | This work of art is protected by copyright and/or related rights and may not be reproduced in any manner, except as permitted under the ARTstor Digital Library Terms and Conditions of Use, without prior express written authorization of VAGA, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2820, New York, NY 10118. Tel: 212-736-6666, fax: 212-736-6767, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fang African Mask, c. 19th century | The Detroit Institute of Arts
Winchester Cathedral transverse section, Hampshire, England, begun 1070 | Illustration from: Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method. Sixth edition, rewritten and enlarged. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1921. Page 352e | Image and original data from Allan T. Kohl
Katsushika Hokusai | Kanagarwa-oki nami ura c., 1830-32 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Image @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Attributed to the Berlin Painter | Terracotta amphora (jar), c. 490 B.C. | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Image @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
François-Thomas Germain | Coffeepot, c. 1756-57 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Image @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Firmin Bouisset | Chocolat Menier, 1893 | The Museum of Modern Art, Architecture and Design Collection | The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Andy Warhol | Mao, 1972 | The Minneapolis Institute of Arts | ? The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
John Tenniel | Alice in Wonderland, "On this the White Rabbit blew three blasts on the trumpet?", 1865 | Minneapolis College of Art and Design Collection | Image and catalog data provided by Allan T. Kohl
Reiner Ottens | The Celestial Globe Drawn on a Flat Sheet, 1729 | Library of Congress | Virga, Vincent, and Curators of the Library of Congress, with commentary by Alan Brinkley (2004). Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States. Charlestown, MA: Bunker Hill Publishing.
Old Testament King, c. 1230-1260 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Image @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Great Pyramid complex; view northeast, 27-25 centuries BCE | Giza, Memphis area, Egypt | Photographed by Arielle Kozloff Brodkey, 1983
Antonio Stradivari | Violin, 1693 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Image @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Navajo Blanket, c. 1860-1870 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Image @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Julia Margaret Cameron | Paul and Virginia, 1864 | From the collection of George Eastman House
Ivory Plaque, c. 962-968 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Image @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Antonio del Pollaiolo | Portrait of a Woman Seen in Profile, c. 1475 | Galleria degli Uffizi | @ 2006, SCALA, Florence | ART RESOURCE, N.Y
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas | Dancers at the Bar, c. 1900 | The Phillips Collection
Albrecht Dürer | Adam and Eve, c. 1504 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Image @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art