Artstor is collaborating with the Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings to digitize and share this renowned photo archive of approximately 189,000 European Old Master drawings in the Digital Library. This second release of more than 4,000 images consists of drawings from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, bringing the collection total to approximately 11,000 images. The launch includes works by European masters from the 15th century through early 20th century, from Jacopo Tintoretto and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo to Edgar Degas and André Derain. Also well represented are British artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, Edwin Landseer, John Everett Millais, Samuel Palmer, Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Romney, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Rowlandson, and Joseph Mallord William Turner. The entire archive is being digitized in phases and additional groups of images will be released over time.

The Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings was a monumental effort by art historians Dr. Walter Gernsheim and Dr. Jutta Gernsheim von Weegmann to survey and document European Old Master drawings in private and public collections in continental Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Since 1937, the Gernsheims have photographed drawings at 124 archives, libraries, and museums to produce high-quality black-and-white photographic prints. Only a small number of scholarly photo archives in Europe and the United States own the complete Corpus. The Cleveland Museum of Art has a particularly well-preserved copy and this set of photographic prints is the scanning source for this digitization project. Through its ongoing partnership with the Corpus, Artstor will progressively digitize and distribute a comprehensive online version of this invaluable art historical resource in the Digital Library.

To view the Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings collection: go to the Artstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings”; or, if you are at your institution or have an Artstor account, simply follow this link:

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings collection page.

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