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July 22, 2020

New: Open Artstor: Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)

Christine Løvmand. Flower piece. 1841.

Christine Løvmand. Flower piece. 1841. Oil on canvas. Image and data from Statens Museum for Kunst. CC0.

Artstor has published nearly 29,000 images from the Statens Museum for Kunst, with Creative Commons licenses, freely available to all. Open Artstor: Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark) is part of an initiative to aggregate open museum, library, and archive collections across disciplines on the Artstor platform.

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July 21, 2020

New: Additional images from the New-York Historical Society

Tiffany Studios. Landscape window.1910-1920.

Tiffany Studios. Landscape window. 1910-1920. Leaded glass. Image and data from New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.

Collection:
New-York Historical Society: Museum & Library

Content:
The New-York Historical Society has contributed new content to the Artstor Digital Library, more than 3,000 images bringing their total close to 23,000. Founded in 1804, the city’s oldest museum presents its history through varied works — American paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, decorative arts and artifacts, and historical photographs. The current launch is highlighted by a comprehensive collection of luminous Tiffany glass and some cunning earthenware figurines that belonged to sculptor Elie Nadelman, who was among our earliest collectors of folk art.

Clara Driscoll. Tiffany Studios. Wisteria table lamp. 1910-1920.
Clara Driscoll. Tiffany Studios. Wisteria table lamp. Design, c. 1901. Leaded glass, bronze. Image and data from New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.
Frederick Wilson. Tiffany Studios. Good Shepherd with Landscape. 1909.
Frederick Wilson. Tiffany Studios. Good Shepherd with Landscape. 1909. Leaded glass, bronze. Image and data from New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.
Unidentified maker. Figurine of a squirrel. 1840-1880.
Unidentified maker. Figurine of a squirrel. 1840-1880. Lead-glazed red earthenware. Image and data from New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.
Unidentified maker. Figurine of a monkey 1860-1890.
Unidentified maker. Figurine of a monkey 1860-1890. Lead-glazed earthenware. Image and data from New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.
Unidentified maker. Figurine. 1840-1880.
Unidentified maker. Figurine. 1840-1880. Lead-glazed red earthenware. Image and data from New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.

Relevance:
American culture & history, art & architecture, and urban studies.

*Totals may vary depending on domestic or international release.

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July 1, 2020

Teaching and research with Artstor: 25 examples

Over the years, educators, librarians, and researchers at all levels, from secondary schools to graduate programs, have shared with us how they use Artstor in their teaching and research. We’ve gathered some of our favorites here, touching on topics as varied as medicine, ethnic studies, women’s studies, and more.

Would you like to share how you use Artstor? Leave a comment and we’ll follow up!

Unknown | Howard University students picket the National Crime Conference; Dec-1934 |Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Library of Congress)

Unknown photographer. Howard University students picket the National Crime Conference, December 1934. Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Library of Congress)

Washington’s secret city: cultural capital
Amber N. Wiley, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture, Tulane University

Race, identity, and experience in American art
Dr. Jennifer Zarro, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

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June 17, 2020

New: Two collections of contemporary art from the California College of the Arts

Peter Doig. 100 Years Ago, 2001. 2001.

Peter Doig. 100 Years Ago, 2001. 2001. Image and data from California College of the Arts. © 2020 Peter Doig / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London.

The California College of the Arts (CCA) has contributed nearly 8,500 images of international and American contemporary art to the Artstor Digital Library. This contribution provides deeper coverage of postmodern global art in Artstor, an area in high demand in our community.

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June 15, 2020

10 great reasons to use Artstor in your teaching

The Artstor Digital Library is used by educators in 1,900 institutions around the world–and with good reason. Here are just ten ways you can enhance your teaching with Artstor:

1. Take advantage of a wealth of images and primary sources to enhance most subjects.

2. Use with confidence: all images are rights cleared for education and research (and beyond in some cases!).

3. Make and share image groups for assignments and home study.

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May 6, 2020

Pandemics and epidemics

There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.
— Albert Camus, The Plague, 1948

Alfred Rethel. Dance of Death Death the Strangler.
Dance of Death: Death the Strangler. Alfred Rethel (German, 1816-1859). 1850. Woodcut. Credit: The Cleveland Museum of Art; http://www.clevelandart.org/ CC0
José Aparicio. Episode of Yellow Fever in Valencia. (Episode de la fièvre jaune à Valence).
Episode of Yellow Fever in Valencia (Épisode de la fièvre jaune à Valence). José Aparicio. 1804. Credit: Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, N.Y. http://www.artres.com/c/htm/Home.aspx
Tanjé, Pieter. A procession of flagellants carrying a canopy and a statue of the Virgin Mary through a town.
A procession of flagellants carrying a canopy and a statue of the Virgin Mary through a town. Pieter Tanjé. Etching, with engraving. Credit: Wellcome Collection; https://wellcomecollection.org/ CC BY 4.0.

Explore the full Pandemics and Epidemics image group in Artstor

The rapid rise of the COVID-19 pandemic1 is a stark reminder that humanity is still susceptible to infectious diseases. Despite the successes of modern medicine, communicable diseases continue to impact our health, our economies, and our communities.

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May 4, 2020

Our dogged companions

We at Artstor/ITHAKA are so devoted to our canines that we share a dogspotting channel that provides a steady stream of engaging pictures. During the crisis, as we isolate with our pets, the photos and anecdotes have proliferated. In tribute to our best friends who delight and support us during this time, we would like to highlight a few of our furry colleagues. Since this is Artstor, the temptation to call up artistic alter egos is irresistible so we are presenting our companions alongside their kindred spirits in art (perhaps more in essence than in precise likeness). No disrespect intended, since a comparison to a dog is the highest form of praise!

Enzo, in a rare moment, stands still was the catalyst (sorry dogs) for this approach. His quizzical, unsparing stare immediately conjured the bespectacled gaze of the great French painter Jean-Siméon Chardin, an artist who, in fact, featured dogs in several works.

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April 15, 2020

Free art backgrounds for video conferences

In this time of social distancing, it seems like everyone has turned to videoconferencing, from your teachers to your family. But perhaps you don’t want your grandparents to compare the size of your Brooklyn apartment to that of your cousin in Texas, or for your colleagues to see the dishes piling up in your kitchen sink. Open Artstor has you covered! We’ve selected a dozen artistic backgrounds to have you looking your best, including masterpieces by Van Gogh and Monet–download them for free at artstor.org/zoom.

Vincent van Gogh. Wheat Field with Cypresses

Vincent van Gogh. Wheat Field with Cypresses, 1889. From Open Artstor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Creative Commons: Free Reuse (CC0)

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April 8, 2020

New: The Oregon College of Art and Craft

The Oregon College of Art and Craft has contributed more than 200 images of richly diverse works by faculty members to the Artstor Digital Library. The selection, which dates from 1986 to 2011, includes ceramics, fiber arts, works on paper, paintings, sculpture, installations, photographs and video.

Selected works reveal both creative and technical brilliance with results that are provocative, subversive, whimsical and beautiful.

The teapot project, an enduring rite of passage for students in metals is represented by two versions by Christine Clark who headed the department and conceived the project: Teapot with Pink, 2007, and Wire Teapot, 2010.

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