In 2006, ARTstor, Art Resource, and the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives announced a collaboration 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.

Images of works in the Lessing Archives will be announced in regular releases over the coming months. The first release included nearly 300 high quality images of key works of art and architecture frequently consulted by 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.

This current release of 1,435 images includes works by major European artists, including:

  • Degas
  • Delacroix
  • El Greco
  • Gauguin
  • Goya
  • Klimt
  • Manet
  • Michelangelo (including the Sistine Chapel after restoration)
  • Monet
  • Van Dyck
  • Van Gogh

Subsequent releases will include works by major European artists, released in alphabetical order by artist name.