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September 2, 2016

Friday Links: Munch smudge, banned hands, and bookstore pets

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

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August 29, 2016

Back to school with Artstor

Start off the school year with more than 2 million images! Here are some links to help you get started:

American | Student Activities; students standing with bicycle | Colby College Special Collections

Students standing with bicycle. Colby College Special Collections

Register for a free Artstor account – you’ll be able to download images, log in away from campus, share image groups, and more!

* Learn how easy it is to download citations! Export to your favorite reference citation management program, or save them as a text file.

* Find out how to share images and image groups! You can use them as flashcards on your mobile phone!

* Take a look at our new LibGuides at artstor.libguides.com – they have everything librarians, instructors, and students need to know to get started or become experts!

In a hurry? Download our Quick Start Guide! Having troubles? Browse through our troubleshooting articles.

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August 26, 2016

Friday Links: gigantic artwork, mysterious book, and secret libraries

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

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August 24, 2016

The surprisingly painful origins of modern anesthesia

 Southworth & Hawes, Early Operation Using Ether for Anesthesia, late spring 1847. Image and original data provided by The J. Paul Getty Museum

Southworth & Hawes, Early Operation Using Ether for Anesthesia, late spring 1847. Image and original data provided by The J. Paul Getty Museum

In 1846, dentist William T. G. Morton assembled a group of doctors in the operating theater at Massachusetts General Hospital, a sky-lit dome located on the hospital’s top floor. As the doctors watched from the dome’s stadium seating, Morton waved a sponge soaked in a mysterious substance called Letheon inches from his patient’s face. The patient quickly lost consciousness and remained completely still as a surgeon removed a tumor from his neck. Upon waking, the patient declared to his astonished audience that he had felt no pain. This surgery marked the first time the effective and safe use of anesthesia was demonstrated publicly, ending centuries of agonizing pain during surgery. It would also quickly spiral into a dramatic controversy surrounding Letheon’s discovery.

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August 19, 2016

Friday Links: saving a giant fiberglass chicken–and other important stuff

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

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August 17, 2016

New version of the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) available

OIV 4.1, the latest version of Artstor’s Offline Image Viewer, is now available for download here.

Major features:

  • Launch image viewer icon is fixed, so you can launch the Artstor Digital Library viewer directly from slide or image palette presentations
  • Non-administrative users can now launch OIV without admin permission
  • Slide presentations no longer display slide numbers
  • Additional images on zoomable slides remain clear when zooming into one image on the slide (Java version 1.6 is no longer needed)

Release notes are available on our support site. Need help? Contact us at userservices@artstor.org with any questions.

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August 12, 2016

Friday Links: King Arthur’s birthplace, Dan Flavin unplugged, and an ‘I Love Lucy’ makeover

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  • Using ground-penetrating radar, structures from the dark ages have been located, including–possibly–King Arthur’s birthplace?
  • Is a light installation by Dan Flavin still art when the power is off?
  • Bet you didn’t see this coming: How Viennese portraiture of the early 20th century can strengthen our understanding of the relationship between art and science.
  • Can’t get to the Netherlands to celebrate the quincentenary of its native son Hieronymus Bosch? Brush up on your knowledge and explore “The Garden of Earthly Delights” from home!

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August 5, 2016

Friday Links: books and drugs and rock n’ roll

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

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July 29, 2016

Friday Links: clown painting collection and Stonehenge replica need homes

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • It started out as a joke… Meet the couple trying to sell their large collection of clown paintings. Sadly, there is not enough wall space in our office.
  • Foamhenge is a one-to-one scale replica of Stonehenge–made of foam. For the past twelve years it’s been one of the biggest attractions to the town of Natural Bridge in Virginia, but the property will be repurposed as a state park and the sculpture needs a new house. Sadly, there’s not enough room in our offices.
  • It goes without saying that we’re big supporters of digitization, but a professor in the history of cartography points out that no matter how detailed a scan is, “As soon as you turn a primary source into an image, you start to lose something.”

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July 22, 2016

Friday Links: Dr. Seuss’ insomnia paintings and the recipient of Van Gogh’s ear

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • Sound Homer Simpson makes when he realizes his mistakes, three letters, starts with D. A 91-year-old woman has been questioned by police after she filled in the blanks in a piece of modern art based on a crossword puzzle.
  • It’s not that we’re happy that Dr. Seuss suffered from insomnia, but we love the hundreds of artworks he created on those sleepless nights, many of which were kept private until his death.
  • We’re finally coming to terms with the fact that we’re including a Van Gogh and/or Mona Lisa link pretty much every week. This time around we give you the newly revealed name of the mystery woman who received Van Gogh’s ear.

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