Artstor has collaborated with the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to share more than 800 images depicting paintings from the distributed Kress Collection. These images were digitized from lantern slides, original photographs of paintings from the Kress Collection made by photographers commissioned by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, during the period in which the Foundation was distributing the Kress Collection to museums across the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. These lantern slides were subsequently donated by the Foundation to the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, which digitized and cataloged the collection in 2009. At the Foundation’s request, the lantern slides were then donated to the Department of Image Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, which serves as the official repository for photographic documentation of the entire Kress Collection.

The Kress Collection is richly documented in Artstor. The Samuel H. Kress Collection features new digital photography of virtually the entire Kress paintings collection — approximately 1,100 paintings from 40 institutions, including nearly 400 paintings from the National Gallery of Art — as well as many works in other media. In addition, the Foto Reali Archive includes historical photographs of more than 700 paintings from the Kress Collection, rendered before they were acquired by Samuel H. Kress.

To view The Samuel H. Kress Collection: Lantern Slides: go to the Artstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “The Samuel H. Kress Collection: Lantern Slides;” or, if you are at your institution or have an Artstor account, simply follow this link: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/kress_lantern

For more detailed information about this collection, visit The Samuel H. Kress Collection: Lantern Slides collection page.

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