Artstor is collaborating with the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to add approximately 1,380 images of works by the Mexican artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) to the Digital Library. The images will be digitized from a rare collection of photographs that was created in conjunction with the seminal 1986 exhibition “Diego Rivera: A Retrospective,” which was organized by Linda Downs, Curator of Education, and Ellen Sharp, Curator of Graphic Arts, at the DIA to mark the 100th anniversary of Rivera’s birth. The DIA is the home of Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle (1932-1933), the most important work by the artist in the United States. The photographs for the retrospective provide comprehensive documentation of Rivera’s works, including frescos, paintings, and works on paper. Of particular note are images of preparatory cartoons, drawings, and notebooks that have never been published and have since been dispersed and acquired by private collections.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is represented by more than 1,600 images already available in the Digital Library. The collection currently in Artstor represents a selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the museum’s permanent collection. Since its founding in 1885, the Detroit Institute of Arts has assembled a collection of over 60,000 objects, encompassing an encyclopedic overview of world art from pre-history to the present. In addition to distinguished collections of American and European art, the museum also houses works from Africa, Oceania, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. In 2000, the General Motors Center for African American Art was established to broaden the museum’s holdings of African American art.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Diego Rivera (Detroit Institute of Arts) collection page.

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