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 focuses on key artists of the major European schools and 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 of approximately 3,500 images brings the total number of images available through ARTstor to more than 7,000, and the collection now includes works by the following European artists:

  • Sofonisba Anguissola
  • Annibale Carracci
  • Théodore Chassériau
  • Hans Baldung
  • Benvenuto Cellini
  • Canaletto
  • David Friedrich Caspar
  • Gustave Caillebotte
  • Marc Chagall
  • Honoré Daumier
  • Maurice Denis
  • Gerrit Dou
  • Théodore Géricault
  • Jean–Baptiste Greuze
  • Matthias Grünewald
  • Francesco Guardi
  • Jean–Antoine Houdon
  • Claude Lorrain
  • Lorenzo Lotto
  • Paul Klee
  • Oskar Kokoschka
  • Kazimir Malevich
  • Berthe Morisot
  • Alphonse Mucha
  • Anton Raphael Mengs
  • Jean–François Millet
  • Amedeo Modigliani
  • Bartolomé Estebán Murillo
  • Parmigianino
  • Auguste Rodin
  • Bartholomaeus Spranger
  • Elisabeth Louise Vigée–LeBrun
  • Edouard Vuillard
  • Francisco de Zurbarán
  • Georges Seurat
  • Giovanni Paolo Panini
  • Guido Reni
  • Jusepe de Ribera
  • Tilman Riemenschneider
  • Jacob van Ruisdael
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • Leonardo da Vinci

To browse and view the images in this collection: from the “Welcome Page,” click on “ARTstor Collections,” and then choose “Art, Archaeology, and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives).”

For more detailed information about this collection, see the Art, Archaeology, and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives) page.