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February 29, 2016

Artstor events at ARLIS/NA + VRA

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Join Artstor at ARLIS/NA + VRA booth #TT 68 to see highlights from the Artstor Digital Library’s ever-growing list of rare and exclusive collections and to learn how Shared Shelf is helping institutions catalog special collections, preserve faculty work, display student videos, and share these projects on campus, with other institutions, or to the world at large. While there you can enter our raffle for beautiful art books and MoMA online store gift cards!

We look forward to meeting you at one of our events:

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February 26, 2016

Friday Links: texters vs. sculpture, bathing vs. linen, and more

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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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February 23, 2016

Artstor at the NAIS Annual Conference

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Visit Artstor booth #742 at the NAIS Conference in San Francisco, where our Senior K-12 Relationship Manager Dana Howard will be on hand to show you how you can bring art history to life in the classroom with the Artstor Digital Library’s affordable database of more than 2 million high-quality images of art, architecture, and artifacts from leading museums and scholars.

You will discover tools perfectly geared for your classroom, including new teaching resources for Advanced Placement® Art History, European History, and US History courses, as well as tools to zoom-in to details, download PowerPoint presentations, study on mobile phones with virtual flashcards, and much more.

You’ll also have the opportunity to snag one of our famous tote bags and to enter our raffle for beautiful art books and MoMA online store gift cards!

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February 22, 2016

Artstor & STEM: How art can enhance scientific and mathematical thinking

Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, 1768. The National Gallery, London

Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, 1768. The National Gallery, London

By Katy Matsuzaki, Manager of Academic Programs, New Britain Museum of American Art

Recently a group of docents at the New Britain Museum of American Art gathered in a gallery filled with landscapes and portrait paintings to discuss how they might approach the art with a middle school math class scheduled for a visit. As they looked closely at works by Georgia O’Keefe and Robert Henri, and listened to the more math-minded among them explore geometry, proportion, and compositional formulas therein, fear of the “math tour” quickly gave way to excitement over a new, mathematical way to approach and appreciate artworks.

As the staff member who greenlighted the math field trip, I was heartened by the docents’ willingness to embrace the unknown. Math students in an art museum might at first seem like a foreign concept, but in reality, the immersive visual environment that a curated collection of art images provides can be an incredibly beneficial learning tool for not only the study of mathematics, but the other STEM fields (science, technology, math, and engineering) as well.

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February 22, 2016

Now available: Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism

ARAS_logo_kArtstor and the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism have released more than 16,000 images documenting mythology, symbols, and rituals in the Digital Library.

The images in Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) explore the universality of certain iconographies and themes, illustrating commonalities in the ways human beings across the world have thought about and represented different phenomena throughout time. Each image includes commentary that points to its unique cultural history and contextualizes it within larger archetypal patterns and historical developments. The collection supports interdisciplinary research in the humanities, including the understanding of images in psychotherapy and dreams. It offers support for artists and designers to search for pictorial inspiration and for people of all ages to explore the power of symbols.

View the collection in the Artstor Digital Library.

For detailed information about this collection, visit the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism collection page in Artstor.

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February 19, 2016

Friday Links: museum cats, card-playing dogs, giant presidential heads

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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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February 12, 2016

Friday Links: time-travelling Greeks, an eternal mousetrap, and a dog-themed auction

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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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February 5, 2016

Friday Links: from lap dog to unicorn

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

Some excellent stories we’ve been reading this week:

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February 3, 2016

Studying theatre with Artstor’s public collections

Editor’s note: this post was originally published in February 2013 and has been updated to reflect platform changes.

Did you know that Artstor contains publicly available collections that cover everything from flowers and turtles to medicine labels and political memorabilia–and are are also a great resource for theatre studies? Below, we discuss five collections which offer a fascinating view of the history and art of theatre, including books, costume and set design, and even photographs of productions.

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