Artstor has released more than 4,700 new images in the Decorative Arts and Americana from four leading institutions. This eclectic release provides researchers, teachers, and students with a fascinating selection of historical and contemporary objects, including furniture, glassware, ceramics, clothing, and quilts.
- Stare deep into this painting to find out if you are a psychic.
- Can public art protect us from terrorists? Turns out the answer is yes.
- Capitalism has heightened our perception of color.
- Was the Mona Lisa originally intended to be a nude, and is her smile more science than art?
- Even more Mona: A video shows how Leonardo employed virtual reality techniques in the creation of the famed work.
- Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy will undergo two years of restoration.
- Rembrandt’s The Night Watch is now required viewing for school children in the Netherlands.
- Snapchat installed Jeff Koons sculptures virtually around the world, and then another artist vandalized them.
- A Salvador Dalí painting used to hang at Rikers Island–until the guards stole it.
- Mysterious Pop Art satirist Vern Blosum has passed away at 81.
- An exhibition opening in Naples this November will create a dialog between contemporary artworks and artifacts from Pompeii.
- What would you do with 95-million-year-old ink?
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has contributed approximately 500 additional images of works from their collections to the Artstor Digital Library, bringing the total selection to approximately 1,000.
The Majolica International Society has contributed 1,000 images of Majolica pottery from the archival collections of its members to the Artstor Digital Library.
The Reynolda House Museum of American Art (Reynolda House) has contributed approximately 200 images to the Artstor Digital Library.
The Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) has contributed 2,784 images of works in its permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library. The abundant selection in Artstor encompasses all areas of the encyclopedic and unique glass collection.
We are all accustomed to illustrated lectures for art history, so why not those in other subjects?
Artstor has released more than 170,000 new images in Anthropology from three major institutions. The release spans global cultures past and present and includes rare and valuable material including sacred objects and architecture, as well as clothing, jewelry, and tools.
Did you know that nearly 20% of Artstor’s more than 2 million images are photographs? This summer we released a new collection of over 36,000 images from The Center for Creative Photography and we added 47,000 new images to existing collections from Magnum Photos, Panos Pictures, and Condé Nast, bringing our photography holdings to more than 350,000. These additions join major collections such as George Eastman House (the world’s oldest photography museum), Eyes of the Nation: a Visual History of the United States (Library of Congress), the Museum of the City of New York, and fine art photography from the Larry Qualls collection of contemporary art, among others. Photography collections in Artstor span many types, including photojournalism, art photography, social documentary works, carte de visites, stereographs, fashion photography, and even vernacular photography. In aggregate, these diverse collections can provide visual histories of people, events, cultures, and countries between the advent of photography in 1839 and the present day.
- One of Edgar Degas’s models wrote a scathing memoir of the Impressionist master. Or did she?
- We know this has been making the rounds, but just in case you missed it: people who found their doppelgängers in museums. (Also, we like using the word doppelgänger.)
- The fascinating history of, er, tinkling in art.
- Grounded in the theory that ideas, emotions, and even events, can manifest as visible auras, Thought-Forms (1901) is an intriguing book featuring abstract drawings that predate modernist abstraction.