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 on key artists of the major European schools and 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 have been added to the ARTstor Digital Library in regular releases over recent months. We will continue to add to the collection until it is completed. This current release includes over 1,200 images bringing the total number of images available through ARTstor to over 3,500 and includes works by major European artists, including:

  • Nicolas Poussin,
  • Camille Pissarro,
  • Egon Schiele,
  • Titian, and
  • Diego Velazquez.

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

More information about this collection see the Art, Archaeology, and Architecture Collection page.

To locate these images in the ARTstor Digital Library, you may browse to view all the images included in this collection. From the welcome page, click on “Image Gallery” then choose “Art, Archaeology and Architecture from Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives” from the resulting list.