Artstor and Mauritshuis are now sharing more than 500 images from the museum’s permanent collection in the Digital Library. This is the first installment of a projected total of 1,200 images.
Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Another week, another Mona Lisa story. Well, this week it’s literally another Mona Lisa.
- Five heart-shaped lead boxes from the 16th and 17th centuries were exhumed from the basement of a convent in France. What was in them? One guess.
- Good news! King Tut’s beard, which had been ineptly glued-on with epoxy, has been successfully repaired. Bonus: the materials used to fix it were what “the ancient Egyptian used.”
- Most pictures didn’t have titles before the 18th century. What changed?
Artstor and the Portland Art Museum are now sharing more than 2,300 images of artworks, with a particular focus on Native American and Northwest art.
Through a collaboration with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN) and Art Resource, Artstor is now sharing more than 5,100 additional images of works in the permanent collections of French national and regional museums in the Digital Library.
This brings the total of RMN images in the Digital Library to more than 12,000. The images come from the archives of the Agence photographique de la RMN, which encompass the collections of 28 museums such as the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou.
This release is composed of an outstanding selection of modern art, including paintings by Balthus, Francis Bacon, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Natalia Goncharova, Marc Chagall, Tamara de Lempicka, Fernand Léger, André Masson, René Magritte, and Francis Picabia; sculptures by Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, André Derain, Jean Dubuffet, Niki de Saint-Phalle, and Joseph Beuys; works on paper by Pierre Alechinsky, Antonin Artaud, Edgar Degas, Paul Klee, and Victor Hugo; installations by Louise Bourgeois and Martial Raysse; rarely-seen reconstructions of architectural models by Kazimir Malevich, furniture designed by Le Corbusier, and documentary and self-portrait photographs by Constantin Brancusi; as well as more than 100 works by Vassily Kandinsky. The release also features thousands of ancient to medieval artworks from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Artstor and the Francis Newton Souza Estate have released approximately 900 images of the celebrated Indian painter’s artwork in the Artstor Digital Library.
Born in Saligoa, Goa, India in 1924, Francis Newton Souza became the first of India’s post-Independence modern painters to achieve high recognition in the West. His works can be found in major museum collections around the world, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Birmingham Museum of Art, the Wakefield Art Gallery, the Haifa Museum in Israel, the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas, the National Gallery of Modern Art in India, the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, and the Glenbarra Museum in Japan. According to Indian art historian Yashodhara Dalmia, “At the heart of Souza’s creativity was the belief that society’s destructive aspects shouldn’t be suppressed, they should be aired and confronted.”
Some stories we’ve been reading this week. We’ll be keeping track of which links get the most clicks!
- Cracked might not be the first website that comes to mind when you think about museums, but their anonymously written “Six Shockingly Brutal Realities of Working for a Museum” definitely got our attention.
- Stonehenge, the mystery that keeps on giving. New discoveries have led archaeologists to theorize that its stones were first used in another monument somewhere near the quarries, which was later dismantled and dragged off to its current location.
- A French scientist claims that with the help of reflective light technology he has discovered a different portrait painted underneath the Mona Lisa. Check out the digital reconstruction and judge for yourself.
Artstor has released approximately 18,000 additional images from Condé Nast in the Digital Library, including nearly 3,000 cartoons from The New Yorker and 15,000 fashion photographs from the Fairchild Photo Service.
Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Polka dots once signaled disease and stripes were reserved for prisoners and prostitutes. The secret history of everyday patterns.
- Not very convincing, but certainly entertaining: Deep Forger, a Twitter bot that creates images in the style of famous painters.
- China’s air is famously polluted. Here’s a slideshow of how its artists are responding.
- In 1618 the Chief Gardener of the State of Milan created The Feather Book, which consisted of 156 images made of, yes, feathers, along with a few additional bird parts. Gruesome, yes, but the pictures are not without charm.
Artstor and the National Gallery of Art have now released more than 11,000 images of modern and contemporary artworks from the museum’s permanent collection in the Digital Library.
This release includes work from such important 20th- and 21st-century artists such as Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Louise Bourgeois, John Cage, Vija Celmins, Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, William Kentridge, Franz Kline, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Amy Sillman, Frank Stella, Wayne Thiebaud, and Richard Tuttle, as well as significant collections of the work of Richard Diebenkorn (1,200 pieces) and Mark Rothko (nearly 900 pieces).
No doubt you are familiar with the work of the renowned wildlife artist John James Audubon, most likely his famous prints from The Birds of America. But did you know he wasn’t the only artist in the family? His son, John Woodhouse Audubon, spent much of his career supporting the work of his father, but he made a valuable contribution to wildlife documentation himself. (You can compare the two Audubons’ styles in the images below: the father’s are on the left, the son’s on the right.)