More than 1,300 additional images of world art and architecture are now available from the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives in the Artstor Digital Library. This most recent addition of images includes art and architecture from Asia, the Pacific Islands, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. Since 2006, Artstor has collaborated with the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives and Art Resource to make available approximately 13,000 high-quality images of world art and architecture, which have been digitized from large-format color transparencies that photographer Erich Lessing produced over the course of a distinguished career spanning several decades of photographic campaigns around the world. This current release brings the total number of Lessing images available through Artstor to more than 10,500.

Erich Lessing (b. 1923) is a member of the photographer’s collective, Magnum Photos. The Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives documents the fine arts, archaeology, religion, landscapes, historical sites, and historical personalities with images from more than 1,000 museums and 2,000 locations around the world, representing the works of approximately 3,000 artists and portraits of more than 1,900 historical figures. Art Resource is the official North American rights and permissions representative for the Lessing Archives.

To view Art, Archaeology, and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives): go to the Artstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “Art, Archaeology, and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives);” or, if you are at your institution or have an Artstor account, simply follow this link: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/lessing

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

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