Historic Illustrations of Art & Architecture
(Minneapolis College of Art and Design)


Pantheon section This collection is the result of a project undertaken by Allan Kohl, Visual Resources Librarian at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. These historic illustrations were originally published during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation (see list of publications below). As a result, these engravings, line drawings, and plans reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time. By their very nature, they often represent subjective interpretations of monuments and works, offering fascinating insights into the cultural values of Art and Architectural History during the formative years of these disciplines. Thus, anyone wishing to use these images for teaching or research should bear this in mind. Moreover, some of these illustrations many no longer reflect current scholarship due to subsequent research and critical reassessment of individual sites and works since the original publication of these illustrations. Therefore, the pedagogical use of these images should always be complemented by comparison to updated plans, drawings, and photographs of the subject works and sites. Nevertheless, however outdated, these illustrations do offer beautiful examples of the draughtsman's or engraver's skill, and may be appreciated as visual works in their own right.

The historic illustrations contained in this collection were scanned from the following publications:

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 301
Percentage of completion 100%
Search terms kohl illustration
Collection URL http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/mcad_illustrations

* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. 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.

Last updated: April 14, 2010

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