Art Gallery of Ontario


Artstor and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) are collaborating to make approximately 500 images from the Gallery's permanent collection available in the Digital Library. The AGO will eventually contribute selections from their Prints and Drawings collection, which covers the history of Western drawing and printmaking from 1400 to the present, as they undertake a major digitization project for this curatorial department.

Thanks to Artstor's agreement with SODRAC, the principal society for reproduction rights in Canada representing major international and Canadian artists, works by contemporary artists in the AGO's Collection in SODRAC's repertoire will be available to the more than 1,500 institutions that subscribe to the Artstor Digital Library worldwide, including over 60 colleges, universities, museums, and schools in Canada.

The AGO holds more than 80,000 works in a permanent collection that spans from 100 A.D. to the present. The collection vividly documents the development of Canada's art heritage, and also includes masterpieces of European art from the 12th to the 19th century; contemporary art spanning from 1960 to the present; more than 40,000 photographs from the 19th century to today; the world's largest public collection of works by British sculptor Henry Moore; and a decorative arts collection of more than 500 objects of international significance.

Founded in 1900 by a group of private citizens as the Art Museum of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a physical facility of 583,000 square feet. The AGO expanded it facility in 2008 with an innovative architectural design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 500
Percentage of completion 64%

* Please note that some images may not be released due to copyright restrictions. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor's approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country. Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete.

Last updated: August 11, 2014

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