ARTstor, Art Resource, and the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives, are pleased to announce that they will collaborate to make available through ARTstor 10,000 high quality images of world art and architecture. This collaboration will focus upon 1) key artists of the major European schools and 2) the collections of the major European museums outside Italy, including the leading art museums of Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Spain. These images, on average 120 megabytes in size, have been scanned from large format (4×5″ or 8×10″) color transparencies made by Erich Lessing in the course of a distinguished career spanning several decades of photographic campaigns around the world.

“Our ongoing partnership with Art Resource and our new relationship with the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives represent important milestones in ARTstor’s ongoing effort to provide teachers, scholars and students with high-quality digital images of key works and monuments of world art,” says James Shulman, Executive Director of ARTstor.

Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives comprises over 37,000 large-format color transparencies covering fine arts, archaeology, religion, landscapes, historical places and portraits of historical personalities. Photographs come from over 1000 museums and 2000 other locations all over the world. The Archive contains works by 3,000 artists and portraits of over 1,900 historical personalities.

Established in 1968, Art Resource is a principal source of fine art images for commercial and scholarly publications and other contexts in the United States. Art Resource functions as the official rights and permissions representative for a wide range of museums and visual arts archives around the world.

The fruits of this collaboration are now becoming available to ARTstor users. They include nearly 300 high quality images of key works of art and architecture frequently consulted kby ARTstor users. These works range from the “Woman of Willendorf” to Giotto’s Arena Chapel frescoes, and from the “Mona Lisa” to paintings by Edgar Degas in the Musée d’Orsay.